Triathlete Fall/Winter ’13 Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Dec 16, 2013
  • Updated Mar 8, 2016 at 6:31 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Road Shoes (Cont.)

Altra 3-Sum
Simultaneously lightweight and protective, this race-day triathlon shoe has been designed with minimalist traits while still offering a reasonable amount of cushioning. Like all Altra shoes, it’s built with a “zero-drop” profile (meaning a runner’s foot sits level with the ground) and offers plenty of “feel” for the road. It serves up a smooth ride without the pounding common to most “barely there” shoes. The lightweight and very breathable upper is secured with one-pull, elastic quick laces for an easy-on experience in T2, while the midsole has drain holes in the heel and forefoot. Efficient runners will reap the most benefit from this shoe’s unique design features and low-profile construction. An added bonus is a removable stability wedge that offers additional medial support with 5mm of additional foam.
8.2 oz. (men’s), 6.4 oz. (women’s)

Inov-8 Road X-Treme 208 (X-Treme 188 for women)
This trainer feels light and fast from the moment you lace it up. It has an easy-flexing quality that moves with the natural motion of the foot. In other words, it doesn’t get in the way of the runner’s stride. The low-profile design and modest and effective undercarriage promote speed and good form. 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 efficient, nimble runners or a speed specialist for faster-paced workouts and progression runs.
8.3 oz. (men’s), 6.9 oz. (women’s)

Mizuno Sayonara
Picking up where Mizuno’s successful Precision shoe left off, the Sayonara offers an awe-inspiring combination of speed, comfort and protection. It has just enough foam to feel like a cushioned shoe with a minimal amount of structure that offers guidance on longer runs. The Sayonara exudes uptempo performance and versatility. With a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design and extreme flexibility, it felt fast, semi-firm and very dynamic. A few testers thought it felt too firm for longer runs, but still appreciated its versatility for a variety of runs.
8.1 oz. (men’s), 6.3 oz. (women’s)

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