2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

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Mizuno Wave Rider 17

$115, Mizunousa.com
The draw: Responsive cushioning

Mizuno stripped some of the bulk from the newest iteration of this substantially cushioned trainer. Trimming that mass gives a more fluid, natural feel compared to other equally robust shoes. The new Wave Rider 17 retains its classic 12mm heel drop, although the sole feels firmer than prior versions. Because of the responsive sole, the Wave Rider can serve as a race day shoe for athletes looking for some support.