2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Karhu Flow Light

$110, Karhu.com
The draw: A burner fit for narrow feet

Perfect for neutral runners gunning for PRs, the Karhu Flowlite’s snug fit and highly responsive ride make it the perfect workhorse for swift tempo runs and interval training on the track. With similar cushioning in the heel to a marathon racing flat, the cushioning in the forefoot of the Flowlite is much more minimal. The shoe’s minimalist features shine when used for fast racing at sprint distances; slower running on the roads can be uncomfortable for those unaccustomed to the barefoot feel.