Salomon’s S-Lab Sense 3 Ultra is a racer’s shoe; it’s an attractive option for runners looking to bust a fast trail 10K 50K, or minimalist runners looking for increased protection and support for longer ultra distances.
The new five-lug technology on the Newton Running Motion III represents a major upgrade from past models. Runners who have loved Newton trainers in the past will be extremely happy with the updated Motion III.
The Skora Phase is best for experienced natural-form runners looking for a high-performance road trainer or race day shoe, or high-mileage runners who like a small measure of cushioning on long training days.
Dedicated minimalists will find a lot to love about the Vapor Glove, and will be able to use it for a wide variety of conditions. There’s just enough shoe to provide a bit of protection and comfort, and nothing else to get in your way.
New Balance had a winner on its hands with the first generation Minimus Trail shoe, and the 2013 version provides improvements in weight and comfort without compromising performance. It’s an attractive middle ground between minimalism and high intensity demands.
ZEM’s Terra performs quite well as an all-conditions running shoe. The Terra is pure minimalism: there’s nothing transitional and very little protective about it. This is great news if you’re an experienced minimalist, but should be used cautiously by beginners.
The Lontra gives you all the protection you need to make it through the winter. They’re more cumbersome to use than other FiveFingers models, but maintain all the design and performance features that make this footwear so fun to wear.