2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Avia Mantis

$80, Avia.com
The draw: Comfortable and responsive for forefoot strikers

After a brief hiatus, Avia is back in the running shoe game and embracing the natural running movement. The Mantis’ heel practically collapses under a heel strike, but the forefoot adeptly recoils off the ground, encouraging the runner to land with a mid- foot or forefoot gait. The upper is both soft and sturdy, binding the shoe to the runner without creating any pressure points.