Brooks Transcend $160, 12.2 oz. (men’s size 9), 8mm heel-toe drop. In what is being billed as a game-changing shoe built for smooth-riding comfort, the Transcend serves up maximum cushioning from an adaptable foam and subtle support from an innovative guide rail system in the undercarriage. Vasque Shape Shifter Ultra $170, 10.5 oz. (men’s size 9), 6mm heel-toe offset. A long-haul trail runner with maximum cushion, significant lateral-side support, articulated lugs that adapt individually to terrain features and a Boa one-pull lacing system. The North Face Ultra Trail $110, 9.9 oz (men’s size 9), 8mm heel-toe offset. A lightweight, flexible trail runner with a full-length, low-profile Vibram outsole and slightly wider forefoot geometry to accommodate foot splay and swelling. inov-8 Tri X-Treme 225 $140 (7.9 oz., men’s size 9), 3mm heel-toe drop. A neutral lightweight shoe with speed laces and easy-on access for leaving T2, the Tri X-Treme 225 is one of three new triathlon shoes inov-8 is launching in 2014. Dynafit Pantera $139, 11.4 oz. (men’s size 9), 7mm heel-toe offset. A durable but agile mountain running shoe built with a supportive heel, reinforced toe bumper, abrasion-resistant upper and cantilevered interior tooling to help offset pronation. Salomon XScream $110, 10.2 oz. (men’s size 9), 9mm heel-toe offset. A versatile shoe that blends flexibility, cushion and support for running a mix of roads and trails. Brooks Ravenna 5 $110, 10.3 oz. (men’s size 9), 10mm heel-toe offset. The Ravenna returns about a half-ounce lighter with an updated upper with welded TPU overlays that offer a snug fit with less bulky and stitching, a free-floating interior saddle band for improved midfoot connectivity and plush BioMoGo DNA cushioning. Scarpa Tru $109, 8.5 oz. (men’s size 9), 6mm heel-toe-offset. A lightweight trail racer that has just enough trail protection and support for a wide range of trails. ASICS HyperSpeed 6 $85, 5.7 oz. (men’s size 9), 6mm heel-toe offset. Updated for the first time in two years, Ryan Hall’s favorite shoe is an ounce lighter, has a broader forefoot geometry and features a new undercarriage and a sew-free upper. (It now comes in a women’s version instead of unisex shoes in women’s equivalent sizing.) New Balance 110v2 $90, 8.8 oz. (men’s size 9), 4mm heel-toe-offset. The latest lightweight trail shoe inspired and co-designed by Anton Krupicka, the 110v2 has slightly more substance than his previous models, aggressive low-profile lugs and a sock-like fit. LaSportiva Bushido $125, 9.5 oz. (men’s size 9), 6mm heel-toe offset. A versatile lightweight trail shoe with a wrap-like fit, aggressive outsole lugs and a protective EVA rock guard layer. Hoka Conquest $170, 11.6 oz. (men’s size 9), 4mm heel-toe offset. The latest in oversized cushioning shoes from Hoka (which is now owned by Deckers), the Concept uses a unique suspended foot carriage built into a resilient new foam outsole-midosle configuration that produces a low-impact floating sensation. Ecco Biom Ultra Yak Leather $180, 12.7 oz. (men’s size 9), 8mm heel-toe offset. A long-distance trail runner with a soft, supple Yak leather upper. Brooks Cascadia 9 $120, 11.7 oz. (men’s size 9), 10mm heel-toe offset. The ninth version of the Cascadia has a more aggressive lug configuration, a snugger fit, more subtle overlay supports, flat-lock laces and BioMoGo midsole foam. Saucony Guide 7 $120, 10.0 oz. (men’s size 9), 8mm heel-toe-offset. A stability shoe with an updated medial support undercarriage, deeper flex grooves in the forefoot and a slightly wider platform. TrekSta Alter Ego $105, 9.5 oz. (men’s size 9), 4mm heel-toe offset. A lightweight trail runner that’s a full ounce lighter than TrekSta’s Sync trail shoe. NB Fresh Foam 980 $110, 8.8 oz (men’s size 9), 4mm heel-toe drop. A lightweight neutral trainer built on a new midsole foam called “Fresh Foam” that offers varying levels of structure and flexibility based on the concave and convex sidewall indentations and specific foot strike patterns of a runner. The North Face Ultra Smooth $110, 10.3 oz (men’s size 9), 8mm heel-toe offset. A hybrid shoe built for running on roads and smooth trails with a combination Vibram/EVA outsole. ASICS GEL-Noosa 9 $140, 9.9 oz. (men’s size 9), 10mm heel-toe offset. The latest version of this triathlon-oriented shoe seamless upper, a perforated footbed, silicon grips on the tongue and optional elastic laces for easy access while leaving T2. Patagonia Rover $125, 7.3 oz. (men’s size 9), 5mm heel-toe offset. New for spring ’14, the Rover is lightweight and flexible with a sticky rubber outsole for sure-footed mountain mobility. Skora FIT $95, 8.3 oz. (men’s size 9), 0mm heel-toe offset. The latest zero-drop shoe from Skora has 16mm of cushioning underfoot, asymmetrical lacing and an infinitely flexible (and packable) construction.
The 2013 Outdoor Retailer trade show took place this week in Salt Lake City, Utah. On display for retailers and media were a sampling of 2014 products we’ll see coming down the pipeline in the next few months, including dozens of new running shoes from all the major players. Competitor.com’s Brian Metzler shares 21 of the models you can expect to see in stores next year.
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