Photo: Oliver Baker

Topo ST-2


$90, Backcountry.com

The draw: Zero-drop short-distance speed

The ST-2 is a low-to-the-ground minimalist model, but it doesn’t have a barely there feel. It has a modest amount of midsole foam that allows for great foot-to-ground proprioception while providing just enough cushioning and protection for longer runs and 70.3s. What makes this shoe special is how easily it flexes, and its mildly reinforced stretch mesh upper that conforms to any foot shape.

6.7 ounces | 0mm heel-toe offset
Note: All shoe weights are listed for a men’s size 9.0.