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Summer Running Shoe Review For Triathletes

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jun 28, 2013
  • Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker/Sue Fan

Cushioned Trainers

Newton Motion
$175, Newtonrunning.com
Newton hasn’t messed with the good thing it has going with the Motion. This has a new, softer upper but otherwise kept the structured chassis and outsole. Performance feels identical to previous versions of this lightweight stability trainer. As with all Newton trainers, this one has a comfortable interior, an amply cushioned semi-firm midsole, a moderate stack height off the ground and a low-angle heel-toe differential (3mm). The forefoot lugs are the key to the shoe. They provide a noticeable responsiveness, and the best way to engage those lugs is with efficient running mechanics and quick cadence. Running with a heavy heel-striking gait tends to make the lugs feel a bit obtuse and cumbersome.
9.3 oz, 7.7 oz / 3mm heel-toe drop
“While it runs well at moderate speeds, it really excels and almost comes to life when pushing higher paces.”

Nike Lunar Eclipse+ 3
$135, Nike.com
The Eclipse+ 3 offers the unique mix of being a highly cushioned, stable trainer that still feels nimble. It’s one of the chunkier shoes available this season, and the sensation is decidedly soft underfoot, but a firm heel counter and reinforcing medial foam wedge offer loads of support. The real surprise of this shoe is that it’s relatively light and responsive for having so much girth. The biggest change to this version of the Lunar Eclipse was the addition of Nike’s Flywire technology, which helped accentuate the support and secure fit while keeping it light.
11.0 oz, 9.2 oz / 12mm heel-toe drop
“The incredible cushioning does not seem to take anything away from the responsiveness of the shoe and inspired me to push faster on my training runs.”

Saucony Hurricane 15
$140, Saucony.com
True to its heritage, the latest incarnation of the Hurricane remains a durable, ultra-stable, well-cushioned trainer. It retains the 8mm heel-toe offset (added in version 14), cushy interior and multi-density midsole geared at reducing overpronation. The biggest change to this version was a cosmetic switch to an open-mesh upper, one that didn’t change the fit or performance. Our testers approved of the firm yet smooth shock-absorbing ride, but noted the shoe was anything but light or nimble.
10.4 oz, 8.3 oz / 8mm heel-toe drop
“It fits my low-volume foot perfectly. The upper has a great structure to it and holds my foot to the shoe solidly.”

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