2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 9

$130, Asicsamerica.com
The draw: Ample protection and support

Are you looking for stout support, forgiving cushioning and a gentle fit? This tri-oriented version of the classic high-mileage shoe from Asics fits the description. A low-profile race shoe this is not. Robust heel cushioning actively guides the foot through heel strike to toe-off, aligning the runner’s stride to match the shoe’s form. A generous drop from heel to forefoot relieves calf tension.