Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Road Running Shoes

Nike Zoom Vomero 12

92

2017

Nike Zoom Vomero 12

The Nike Zoom Vomero 12 is a responsive everyday trainer offering a cushioned ride designed for the neutral runner.

Adidas Supernova

91

2017

Adidas Supernova

The Adidas Supernova is a highly responsive neutral trainer featuring Adidas’ famous energy returning Boost midsole.

Brooks Ravenna 8

88

2017

Brooks Ravenna 8

The Brooks Ravenna 8 is a daily trainer offering mild support for over pronators without sacrificing performance.

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

86

2017

Saucony Triumph ISO 3

The Saucony Triumph ISO3 is a premium neutral trainer that provides an incredibly soft and very cushioned ride.

Saucony Guide 10

82

2017

Saucony Guide 10

The Saucony Guide 10 is a lightweight stability trainer offering excellent performance without sacrificing support.

Hoka One One Bondi 5

81

2017

Hoka One One Bondi 5

The Hoka One One Bondi 5 is a maximum cushioning neutral shoe providing more pavement pounding protection than any other shoe tested.

New Balance 860v7

80

2017

New Balance 860v7

The New Balance 860v7 is an everyday stability trainer designed for the runner who needs overpronation protection.

Mizuno Wave Horizon

79

2017

Mizuno Wave Horizon

The Mizuno Wave Horizon is a new addition to the Mizuno lineup featuring excellent support for over pronation while maintaining a cushioned ride.

Altra Paradigm 2.0

74

2017

Altra Paradigm 2.0

The Altra Paradigm 2.0 offers runners more room throughout the toe box than any other neutral running shoe on the market.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

91

2017

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 is a lightweight neutral low-profile trainer with moderate heel-toe drop and excellent midsole energy return.

Saucony Kinvara 8

87

2017

Saucony Kinvara 8

The Saucony Kinvara 8 is a lightweight neutral trainer with moderate heel-toe offset and comfortable cushioning.

Nike Free RN Distance 2

87

2017

Nike Free RN Distance 2

The Nike Free RN Distance 2 is a lightweight cushioned neutral trainer with a low profile, moderate heel-toe drop, and strong cushioning.

Brooks Launch 4

87

2017

Brooks Launch 4

Brooks’s Launch 4 features a lightweight upper mesh, redesigned midsole construction, and increased blown rubber coverage on the outsole. 

On Cloudflow

84

2017

On Cloudflow

The On Cloudflow is an ultralight shoe with plush cushioning and a smooth ride built for going fast. 

Hoka One One Arahi

82

2017

Hoka One One Arahi

The Hoka One One Arahi maintains Hoka’s traditional high platform and moderate heel-toe drop, and comes in as a relative heavyweight in the Hoka lineup, but it’s quite lightweight in comparison to traditional support models.

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

79

2017

Mizuno Wave Rider 20

The Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a durable and relatively lightweight shoe that can easily stand up to high mileage training.

Altra Instinct 4

78

2017

Altra Instinct 4

The Altra Instinct 4 high mileage trainer has moderately firm midsole responsiveness, a comfortable and breathable upper, and supportive padding in the forefoot.

Under Armour Speedform Velociti

74

2017

Under Armour Speedform Velociti

The Under Armour Speedform Velociti is a new lightweight neutral speed trainer with a low platform and 8mm drop. 

Skechers GOrun 5

72

2017

Skechers GOrun 5

The GOrun 5 is the fifth generation of Skechers’ GOrun series designed for lightweight speed, with low stack heights and a relatively flat platform to promote midfoot striking.

361 Onyx

70

2017

361 Onyx

The Onyx is a new lightweight neutral trainer from 361 Degrees featuring a thin lightweight bonded mesh upper and excellent underfoot cushioning and responsiveness. 

361 Degrees Chaser

82

2016

361 Degrees Chaser

The 361 Degrees Chaser is a low-profile, neutral lightweight trainer or race shoe from a new company on the US running scene with extensive industry pedigree. 

Altra Torin 2.5

83

2016

Altra Torin 2.5

The Altra Torin 2.5 is a minor update to Altra’s lightweight, zero-drop, cushioned high mileage neutral trainer, with a modified mesh upper and a slightly more flexible midsole construction. 

Adidas Adizero Boston 6

90

2016

Adidas Adizero Boston 6

The Adizero Boston 6 is the next generation of Adidas’s popular lightweight trainer, featuring a more minimal and breathable upper, with a full Boost foam midsole for improved responsiveness and resilience.

Brooks Hyperion

89

2016

Brooks Hyperion

The Brooks Hyperion is the fastest and lightest road running shoe in the Brooks lineup, with ride technologies in the midsole and outsole designed to maximize speed. 

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

81

2016

Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4

The Wave Sayonara 4 is an update to Mizuno’s lightweight neutral high mileage trainer, with a modified forefoot fit, softer heel collar, and improved rearfoot ventilation than its predecessor. 

New Balance Vazee Pace 2

89

2016

New Balance Vazee Pace 2

The New Balance Vazee Pace 2 is the second generation of New Balance’s lightweight speed trainer, with an updated outsole and flex groove structure, and a new lighter mesh upper. 

Nike Lunarepic Flyknit

87

2016

Nike Lunarepic Flyknit

The Nike Lunarepic Flyknit is a new lightweight, max cushioned shoe that is chock full of innovation that provides an impressively sharp ride. 

Nike Free RN Flyknit

86

2016

Nike Free RN Flyknit

The Nike Free RN Flyknit is the latest iteration of Nike’s Free line that replaces the 4.0 Flyknit. It is a lightweight neutral trainer with a stretchy minimalist upper, and a highly flexible 8mm drop platform, and Nike’s new dynamic midsole foam technology for soft cushioning.

Saucony Zealot ISO 2

86

2016

Saucony Zealot ISO 2

The Zealot ISO 2 is an update to Saucony’s lightweight cushioned 4mm-drop neutral trainer, with an updated sleeve and the addition of a full-length layer under the sockliner for improved comfort and response.

Topo Athletic Ultrafly

77

2016

Topo Athletic Ultrafly

The Topo Athletic Ultrafly is a cushioned, lightly supportive road trainer with a highly breathable upper, a triple-density EVA midsole designed for mild pronation control, and an aggressive outsole to handle off-road excursions.

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

86

2016

ASICS GEL-Kayano 23

The Asics GEL-Kayano 23 is the premium stability trainer on the market.

ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM

69

2016

ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM

The ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 CM is a neutral cushioned trainer that boasts more Gel Cushioning than any other Asics shoes.

Brooks Ghost 9

92

2016

Brooks Ghost 9

The Brooks Ghost 9 is a classic neutral comfort trainer built to withstand serious mileage.

Brooks Glycerin 14

88

2016

Brooks Glycerin 14

The Brooks Glycerin 14 is a silky-smooth and cushioned everyday neutral trainer.

Adidas Supernova Sequence 9

86

2016

Adidas Supernova Sequence 9

The Adidas Supernova Sequence 9 features the famous energy returning boost foam in a responsive stability trainer.

Hoka One One Clifton 3

84

2016

Hoka One One Clifton 3

The Hoka One One Clifton 3 is an ultra-plush maximum cushioned trainer.

New Balance 1260v6

73

2016

New Balance 1260v6

The New Balance 1260v6 is a durable, class-leading stability shoe built with exceptional overpronation control.

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2

76

2016

Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2

The Nike Air Zoom Odyssey 2 is an everyday stability trainer offering excellent motion control.

Nike LunarGlide 8

85

2016

Nike LunarGlide 8

The Nike LunarGlide 8 is a silky-smooth cushioned stability shoe.

Saucony Ride 9

90

2016

Saucony Ride 9

The Saucony Ride 9 offers maximum cushioning and class leading lightweight construction in a neutral trainer.

Under Armor Bandit 2

80

2016

Under Armor Bandit 2

Getting a complete makeover,the Under Armor Charged Bandit 2 is an everyday shoe offering mild overpronation support.

Zoot Laguna

73

2016

Zoot Laguna

The Zoot Laguna is a lightweight trainer that allows easy toe off and quicker turnover.

Skechers GOrun Forza

83

2016

Skechers GOrun Forza

The Skechers GOrun Forza is a maximum cushioning stability shoe with lasting comfort. 

Saucony Hurricane ISO2

88

2016

Saucony Hurricane ISO2

The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 is a leading shoe in comfort, support and responsiveness.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

83

2016

New Balance Fresh Foam 1080

The New Balance 1080 is a premium neutral shoe for the runner that needs the highest amount of cushioning for their training needs.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

87

2016

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

The Mizuno Wave Rider 19 is a perfect shoe for those that enjoy a stiff shoe and demand performance from their everyday trainer.

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12

76

2016

Mizuno Wave Inspire 12

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 12 is a stable, supportive shoe that provides excellent motion control in a lasting package.

Brooks Transcend 3

76

2016

Brooks Transcend 3

The Brooks Transcend 3 is a solid stability everyday trainer favoring a beginner runner that needs support and firm foam underfoot.

Hoka One One Vanquish 2

89

2016

Hoka One One Vanquish 2

The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 is the perfect blend of ultra cushioning and high performance. 

Adidas Ultra Boost ST

86

2016

Adidas Ultra Boost ST

The Adidas Ultra Boost st is a stable shoe designed to be an everyday trainer with cloud-like cushioning in a durable, responsive package.

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