2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Scott T2 Palani

$130, Scott-sports.com
The draw: Pure run performance

As an all-around shoe for uptempo workouts, this one is hard to beat. The sole strikes a perfect balance between responsiveness and support. It feels light and fast but doesn’t exhaust the feet or subject the runner to extra injury risk. An ideal tool for Olympic or half-Ironman races, it has a sturdy and snug upper that makes the shoe feel natural at high speeds. Despite the tri-specific name, transition is a bit tricky with this shoe. Its tongue tends to fold, and the rough interior can rub against bare feet.