2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Adidas Supernova Glide 5

$115, Adidas.com
The draw: Maximum cushioning and protection

Comfort and durability abound in the Supernova Glide 5. Its cushioning system utilizes a decoupled heel that absorbs and disperses impact to save joints from the abuse of concrete. This shoe isn’t a featherweight (11.8 ounces in a size 10), and we found it suited to high-mileage, neutral runners looking for extra protection from running mostly on roads. The toebox is on the roomy side and the length runs long, so if you think you may be between sizes, go a half-size smaller than usual.