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Triathlete’s Fall Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Nov 20, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

New Balance 1600

5.4 oz. (men’s); 4.7 oz. (women’s)
$110, Newbalance.com

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.

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