Inov-8 Road X-Treme 208, $100
(X-Treme 188 for women), $100
weights: 8.3 oz. (men’s); 6.9 oz. (women’s)
heights: 20mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)
Fit: The newest version of the Road X-Treme has a secure fit in the heel and a near-custom fit in the midfoot, but a decidedly roomy feel in the forefoot.
Feel: This low-to-the-ground trainer feels light and fast from the moment you lace it up. It has an easy-flexing demeanor that moves with the natural motion of the foot. In other words, it doesn’t get in the way of how you run.
Ride: Giddy up! The low-profile design and modest-but-effective undercarriage evoke speed, good form and confidence. Testers praised the cushioning for blending soft comfort and responsive firmness. It’s a versatile shoe that can be used as an everyday trainer (for dynamically strong, nimble runners) or for faster workouts and progression runs.