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2010 Winter Running Shoe Review

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Dec 9, 2010
  • Updated Dec 9, 2010 at 6:15 PM UTC

Our running shoe guide features a range of running tools for all types of weather, surfaces and speeds.

Written by: Adam Chase/Photos by: Nils Nilsen

My friend’s father used to tell us, “You can fix anything if you have the right tool.” Needless to say, my friend’s father had an amazing shop.

There is a lot of value to having a wide variety of tools on hand, and that principle applies to running shoes too. We are fortunate because the range of running shoe “tools” is so diverse. There isn’t just something for many; there’s a lot for all. If you can swing the expense, choose several types of shoes to diversify your training for all types of weather, surfaces and speeds.

Given the spectrum of trainer types offered in this survey, Competitor’s guiding principles will help you find the appropriate running footwear based on our FIT, FEEL and RIDE approach. Use our shoe testers’ scores to get your feet into the right tool for the job. Just remember the sage words of Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Relax, alright? My old man is a television repairman. He’s got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.”

By matching up your needs with the objective evaluations of our testers, you’ll be able to align your feet, structural needs and running form with the shoes reviewed in the following pages to whittle down your options and find what’s right for you and your chosen running surface. With this list in hand, you can go shopping—and we recommend you do so in a specialty retailer’s shop where you can try out many shoes to choose the perfect match.

Click on the shoes below to read the individual reviews!

ASICS Gel 1160

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 7

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPI

Hoka OneOne Mafate

Inov-8 Oroc 340

Karhu Stable Ride

Keen A86

La Sportiva Crossover GTX

Merrell Trail Glove

Lowa S-Trail GTX/S-Cope GTX W

Mizuno Wave Cabrakan 2

New Balance 870

Pearl Izumi isoSeek 4/isoSeek 4 WRX

Puma Complete Nightfox TR

Saucony ProGrid Paramount 3

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral

Scarpa Pursuit GTX

Tecnica Diablo Max

Under Armour Apparition II

Vasque Mindbender GTX

Zoot Ultra Kalani

FILED UNDER: Gear & Tech

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College, he coaches both elite and age-group runners and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica at the 2012 Olympics. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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