CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: NEW BALANCE FOAM ZANTE; ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST; BROOKS LAUNCH2; SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO; NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 3; ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER 20
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Keeping on the Spring Training theme, there is nothing like running to burn off those winter layers. The fresh air, solitude and simplicity can’t be beat and what better way to get motivated than with a new pair of kicks! These six running shoes have consistently been rated best in class for performance, fit and comfort for 2015. So whether you’re trying to win the race or go the distance, these are the hot trainers for Spring!
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: NEW BALANCE FOAM ZANTE $100. The Zante the new addition to the popular Fresh Foam family that New Balance launched last year. It is the speedy version of the also noteworthy, BORACAY, its more cushioned cousin. Great for all types of training from long progression to tempo runs, the Zante was rated Competitor magazine’s “2015 Road Shoe of the Year”. The shoe offers a quick and smooth heel to toe transition that feels fast at any speed. It’s bootie-like design wraps the foot for a sock-like fit with a seamless interior that provides superior comfort.
ADIDAS ULTRA BOOST $180. Run with super reactive spring and cushioning in the new Ultra Boost, the latest evolution in Adidas Boost technology. Fast and comfortable, they feature a seamless stretchy Primeknit upper, and the midsole, comprised entirely of Boost™ foam, offers an incredibly responsive underfoot feel.
BROOKS LAUNCH 2 $100. Lightweight and springy, the updated Brooks Launch 2 features an improved groove under the heel designed to adapt to any footstrike. A hard rubber mid-foot offers more durability, and extra cushioning in the forefoot provides added comfort. The Launch 2 now has a seamless upper construction, with mesh in the toe and heel for maximum airflow, offering an all around great run and value for the price.
SAUCONY TRIUMPH ISO $150. Runners World Editors Choice, the Triumph ISO is one of Saucony’s signature cushioned performance shoes, now featuring the new IsoFit system. An ultra soft inner sleeve crafted with stretchable mesh is supported by a floating cage that cradles the foot. Extra cushioning has been added, yet the Triumph ISO is still remarkably lightweight, and a lower heel-to-toe drop delivers a more natural stance along with the plush ride.
NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 3 $150. Another Runners World pick, this one for best update, the Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 combines plush Lunarlon cushioning with an ultra light and strong Flyknit upper. The heel collar has been removed and the forefoot widened for a better fit. Lighter and more resilient than previous iterations, the Lunarlon foam midsole delivers soft, responsive cushioning and long-lasting comfort, while the Flyknit upper offers a supportive fit with stretch and breathability. The new outsole design follows a forefoot pressure map that helps guide each stride naturally for a more efficient range of motion.
ASICS GEL-DS TRAINER 20 $120. This cult favorite celebrates its 20th version with massive weight reduction and is the lightest GEL-DS Trainer in its long history. Beloved for its perfect blend of moderate support and speedy ride, the dynamic DuoMax in the midsole provides mild support for overpronation, while the lightweight DuoSole outsole offers flexibility and durable traction for the roads. Now with a seamless upper, the GEL-DS trainer offers form fitting comfort that is breathable and molds to the foot, along with an exoskeletal heel counter for improved support.