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Altra Kayenta

The Draw: Lightweight, short-courser

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The Kayenta gives the impression of running in socks, with its low weight, zero heel-toe offset, supple upper comfort, low-profile, and underfoot feel. And, if you aren’t into socks, the form-fitting, soft inner liner, neoprene bootie makes it easy to wear these shoes over naked feet. Fortunately, the minimal 23mm stack height provided by the responsive and minimally cushioned midsole is enough to run with normal form rather than resorting to a hot coal, tip-toe gait used by many “natural,” minimalist converts. That said, given the sparse cushioning, the Kayenta is probably better suited for shorter course races.

5.9 ounces (men’s), 4.9 ounces (women’s), 0mm drop