New Balance 1600
5.4 oz. (men’s); 4.7 oz. (women’s)
Fit: Testers confirm the 1600 is sleek and snug with a classic racing flat fit, providing exceptional foot hold for a variety of foot shapes. Its no-frills, low-volume interior doesn’t inhibit the foot in any way.
Feel: The shoe feels like it’s barely there, but still has enough cushioning to soften the blow of every step. It has a resilient feeling underfoot testers described as “not too soft, not too firm,” and a fairly flat profile (6mm heel-toe drop).
Ride: Our testers raved about the fluid ride this shoe produced, both for short-distance speedwork and longer race-paced runs. One tester called it “the best shoe I’ve had in a few years.” Although most considered it best for faster workouts and 5K races, a few of our testers considered it the consummate half-marathon shoe.