2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

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Photo: John David Becker

On Cloudracer

$130, On-running.com
The draw: Built for speed plus comfort

The shoe’s namesake CloudTec cushions on the sole garner a lot of attention, but it’s the upper that amplifies the shoe’s defining characteristic. It doesn’t budge at all, firmly locking the foot in place. This extra security feels great when running fast, creating a responsive sensation. Breathability is excellent, and a moderately smooth inner feels fine when running barefoot for short distances. Fast workouts and races are the ideal applications for this shoe, as the reactive sole still softens the blow against pavement.