Road Shoes (Cont.)
Newton Energy NR
A lightweight trainer for runners who predominantly heel-strike, the Energy NR is meant to ease the transition between more traditionally designed trainers and other Newton models. If you have run in any other pair of Newtons, you’ll notice a decidedly different sensation in the forefoot due to the reduced lugs, which protrude less than previous models. Our wear-testers, including those who hadn’t run in Newtons before, felt the Energy NR served up a smooth and agile ride that has ample cushioning for long runs and plenty of pep for speedier efforts, too. The soft-but-firm feel and the 2mm heel-toe drop — which is lower than most of the Newton lines — gives it a much more minimalist feeling than other Newton models.
9.0 oz. (men’s), 7.4 oz. (women’s)
Under Armour SpeedForm
Just glance at the SpeedForm, and you can tell it’s unique. But more compelling than the aesthetics is how the shoe fits. The SpeedForm’s stitch-free upper wraps a runner’s foot like a glove, starting with a snug, seamless heel cup and a secure mid-foot saddle connection. On the run, it feels fast, flexible, light and responsive. The foam midsole provides plenty of cushioning and energy return while still offering a feel-the-ground sensation.
6.0 oz. (men’s), 5.1 oz. (women’s)
Scott T2C Evo
This is a shoe with a split personality, and in this case that’s a very good thing. “It’s almost too good to be true — all shoes should be this versatile,” one tester remarked. The T2C is cushioned enough to be an everyday trainer and light and zippy enough to be a speed workout shoe (tempos, intervals, fartleks) or a long-distance race shoe. The catalyst behind the dual-purpose functionality is its super-light and resilient AeroFoam in the midsole. There is ample cushioning in the heel, but it’s rather low to the ground in the forefoot (it has a 10mm heel-toe drop). A quicker cadence seems to come naturally due to the slightly rockered shape of the sole. The foot is comfortably supported by the closed-mesh upper with subtle reinforcements that still maintain flexibility. These features all contribute to great versatility and the ability for the T2C Evo to be the only shoe in a budget-minded athlete’s quiver.
8.8 oz. (men’s), 7.5 oz. (women’s)