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Triathlete Fall/Winter ’13 Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Dec 16, 2013
  • Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM UTC
Photo: John David Becker

Road Shoes (Cont.)

Brooks Glycerin 11
$150, Brooksrunning.com
A heaping quantity of buttery-soft materials underfoot give this premium neutral cushioned shoe a “floaty” sensation out on the roads. The significant updates include a lighter, more flexible and more agile makeup, which is partially due to the removal of a plastic mid-foot shank. Aside from the cloudlike sensation, testers also raved about its foot-conforming fit. “If you want high comfort and lots of cushioning, this is an ideal choice,” said one tester. Most of our reviewers categorized the Glycerin as a long-distance trainer or for post-race recovery runs, but all agreed it’s just too much shoe to make it appropriate for fast running.
11.7 oz. (men’s), 9.6 oz. (women’s)

New Balance 1260 v3
$145, Newbalance.com
All hints of bulkiness have been taken out of this stability shoe. The third version offers a plush ride, great support and long-wearing comfort. It’s lighter, more flexible and less firm than the v2, resulting in an agile feeling as opposed to clunky. It’s a shoe designed for larger runners or those who need significant support to combat overpronation. Several wear-testers commented on the luxurious forefoot cushioning, something that many stability shoes fail to deliver. But the best aspect is the comfort factor. “I don’t realize that I’m wearing them, which is what I always want my shoes to feel like,” said one of our wear-testers, who has been training in stability shoes for more than a decade.
10.9 oz. (men’s), 8.4 oz. (women’s)

Saucony Ride 6
$110, Saucony.com
A few improvements to Saucony’s flagship neutral cushioned trainer make it more flexible and agile than its predecessor. Most notably it has a plusher midsole and deeper flex grooves — changes that make it feel smoother and lighter, and aspects our testers raved about after long weekend training runs. It has midrange stats for heel-toe drop (8mm), but still offers decent foot-to-ground connectivity. All of that combined produces a vibrant, nimble feeling but with plenty of support and the comfort you’d want out of a high-mileage cushioned trainer. A few of our wear-testers thought this shoe could double as a long-distance racer, but most said they would prefer to use the Ride as a trainer.
9.6 oz. (men’s), 7.1 oz. (women’s)

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