The latest kicks for training and racing on your favorite surface

On CloudFlyer

8.9 ounces (Men’s)
7.4 ounces (Women’s)
7MM Drop
$160, Roadrunnersports.com

If Goldilocks had to choose from this Swiss running brand’s growing line of shoes, she would probably choose the CloudFlyer. This “just right” runner offers a happy medium in weight, stability, and cushioning. With mild motion control built into the structure of the CloudFlyer’s pod-like “clouds” that make up the outsole/midsole element of the shoe, the setup allows for natural transitions from heel to toe while adjusting for inward rotation. A dual-density sock liner and memory foam add to the cushioning, while a molded heel cap and a novel lacing system snug the foot into the shoe. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

New Balance FuelCell Impulse

8.1 ounces (Men’s)
6.7 ounces (Women’s)
6MM Drop
$120, Roadrunnersports.com

With forefoot propulsion from nitrogen-infused foam, the neutral FuelCell Impulse makes a choice lightweight trainer/racer. The snappy performance from the combined midsole materials with forefoot inserts and flexible outsole design help pick up the pace with consistent, enduring cushioning. The bootie construction upper has sock-like
foot conformity and lightweight breathability—the ankle collar keeps gravel outside, where it belongs. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

Adidas AdiZero Sub2

5.6 ounces
8MM (Only available in men’s sizing)
$180, Roadrunnersports.com

Three years ago, the shoes Roger Bannister wore to break the four-minute mile sold on auction, fetching a bid of approximately $350,000. Adidas is selling the Adizero Sub 2 for a mere $180, and it’s designed to break the two-hour marathon. This race-ready flyweight speed demon delivers impressive cushioning and energy return using Boost Light material in the midsole and a Continental tire rubber outsole for reassuring traction that grips the road. The mesh upper is airy and comfortable enough to be worn without socks, making the Sub 2 an easy choice for off-the-bike performance. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

Reebok FloatRide Run ULTK

9.1 ounces (Men’s)
7 ounces (Women’s)
10MM Drop (Men’s)
8MM Drop (Women’s)
$150, Amazon.com

Designed for long-distance and racing, this runner is constructed with a one-piece, seam- free knit upper for maximum breathability and flexibility. Its lightweight construction features a very supportive 3D heel cradle and mid-foot cage that locks feet in without irritation. On the front end, this shoe has a very roomy toe box and forefoot that can feel odd at first—like your toes are blowing in the wind. This lack of forefoot stability is a bit iffy at faster speeds, but at a moderate pace, a little freedom is almost refreshing. – Reviewed by Toni McAllister

Mizuno Wave Horizon 2

11.5 ounces (Men’s)
9.7 ounces (Women’s)
10MM Drop
$160, Roadrunnersports.com

Before the days of minimalism, motion control and plush cushioning were the norm in the running shoe world. The Wave Horizon harkens back to that time—like seeing a Lincoln Town Car on roads filled with Minis and Priuses. The shock-attenuating midsole gives a posh ride. And Mizuno’s new “Smoothride Support” and “Cloudwave” technologies complement the cushioning with support and guidance for runners wanting or needing more than the neutral, “natural running” experience. The Horizon is finished off with a sock liner and plenty of upper and outsole features for durability, flexibility, and comfort. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

Asics Gel-Kayano 25

11.8 ounces (Men’s)
9.8 ounces (Women’s)
10MM Drop (Men’s)
13MM Drop (Women’s)
$160, Roadrunnersports.com

The Kayano 25 is Asics’ 25th anniversary edition of its cushy shoe for overpronators. In a world where many shoes are either simplistic or gadgeted, this shoe falls squarely into the latter category, with a laundry list of structural features like a very rm heel cup (Asics calls it “Meta Clutch Technology”), a very well-fitting internal upper system, and other bells and whistles that make this shoe scream techie. The soft ride is excellent for long road runs, but the extreme cushioning and high weight—without the corresponding liveliness that many current full-foam models tout—the Kayanos felt slightly less responsive during speedy tempo sessions. – Reviewed by Chris Foster

Altra Duo

7.9 ounces (Men’s)
5.3 ounces (Women’s)
0MM Drop
$130, Roadrunnersports.com

Altra’s zero-drop heritage continues with a new spin. The Duo is the company’s foray into maximum cushion and minimal weight. The roomy toe box—a company signature—may feel odd at first if you’re new to Altra, but once on the road, your toes will appreciate the option to breathe and sprawl. The Duo’s super thin, breathable upper—combined with its max cushioning—makes it a strong contender for long runs (especially steamy ones), and its flexible midsole provides a smooth ride. The deluxe cushioning is also a welcome respite for tired muscles and joints on recovery days. – Reviewed by Jené Shaw

Brooks Bedlam

11.2 ounces (Men’s)
9.9 ounces (Women’s)
8MM Drop
$150, Roadrunnersports.com

New for 2018, the Bedlam takes the Brooks Levitate (introduced in 2017) and adds an element of stability. For overpronators who don’t want to be left out of the light and agile party, this responsive model is a solid option. To give support, Brooks added rails of former materials where the midsole meets the upper to guide the foot and keep motion in check. This bouncy ride is best suited for interval and tempo runs, and would make the perfect racing shoe for runners who want the feel of something speedy but need more support than flats can provide. Although the ankle collar is designed to be form-fitting and sock-like, it did rub a little bit while worn during a run-hike with shorter socks. – Reviewed by Jené Shaw

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

9.8 ounces (Men’s)
8.2 ounces (Women’s)
10MM Drop
$120, Roadrunnersports.com

With storied success and a huge following, it’s hard to mess with a good thing—much less improve upon it—but Nike did just that with the Peg 35. The midsole now features full-length Zoom Air for a more fluid, seamless heel-to-toe transition. The Zoom Air was noticeably responsive and, with a 10mm drop, there is plenty of cushioning in the aft for the many heel strikers in the running world—especially o the bike. With a nod to Nike’s 4% race shoe, the Peg 35’s heel is beveled for directed, precision landings, and the out-turned collar provides Achilles comfort. The breathable mesh upper features Flywire cables for a locked-down fit. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

Hoke One One Torrent

9 ounces (Men’s)
7.4 ounces (Women’s)
5MM Drop
$120, Roadrunnersports.com

When you’re able to just run, appreciate the scenery, and completely ignore your feet, something is right. The Torrent offers that kind of trail running bliss thanks to its performance-oriented midsole that is a slight departure from the HOKA standard of airier, smushier material. The Torrent offers greater caprice and underfoot protection without losing response. Pairing that firmer midsole with hefty traction from a deep-lugged outsole and secure-fitting upper, the Torrent makes a superb racer/trainer. – Reviewed by Adam Chase

Inov-8 Terraultra G260

9.17 ounces (Unisex)
0MM Drop
$150, Inov-8.com

Touted as “the world’s toughest shoe for running the world’s toughest long- distance trails,” these beasts are practically bullet-proof. Features include Kevlar in the uppers for extra durability, and graphene-enhanced rubber soles for super grip on hard-packed trails. Collaborating with graphene experts at The University of Manchester, U.K.-based inov-8 is the first manufacturer to bring a graphene/rubber-soled running shoe to market under its G-Series brand. The company claims the G-Series models are “scientifically proven to be 50-percent harder wearing” due to the graphene that is “200 times stronger than steel.” Despite their tough-guy persona and extremely stiff feel, these lightweight TerraUltra’s offer surprising breathability. – Reviewed by Toni McAllister

Saucony Peregrine 8

10 ounces (Men’s)
9 ounces (Women’s)
4MM Drop
$120, Roadrunnersports.com

The Peregrine 8 carries forward the 7’s EVERUN topsole construction for added energy return and cushioning, but not quite as much as needed for running on hard, rocky trails. The upper is plenty secure for bomber descents, yet doesn’t bind or restrict on climbs—the 6mm lugged outsole is superlative for traction. And, as a pleasant surprise, the aggressive treads don’t get in the way of smooth rolling on paved surfaces.