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Find the right running shoes, apparel and more reviewed by our experts.

Saucony Progrid Triumph 7—($130)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Saucony Progrid Triumph 7 ($130) — Cousin: Brooks Glycerin 7—saucony.com The narrow and cinched fit of the Triumph 7’s forefoot held our testers firmly to the high-riding, rigid midsoles and rather heavy blown rubber outsoles. The shoe is available in different widths for varied feet. Those seeking burly underfoot protection and impact dampening won’t […]

Puma Complete Ventis—($100)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Puma Complete Ventis ($100) — Cousin: ASICS Gel Cumulus 10—pumarunning.com The Ventis provides a close fit that was rather tight across the laces and would have pressured our testers’ feet but for the roomy toe box and flexible upper that loosened with the miles. With an enhanced midsole, the heel and midfoot impact was […]

Nike Lunar Elite+—($100)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Nike Lunar Elite+($100) — Cousin: Nike Zoom Elite+ 4—nikerunning.nike.com An “adaptive” shoe that morphed with our testers’ strides, the LunarElite came across as feeling deep dish in its cushioning but rather free thanks to the technologically-advanced materials used in the shoe.  The pronounced forefoot flex and minimalist upper of the neutral lightweight LunarElite requires […]

New Balance 760—($100)

[Spring10ShoeReview] New Balance 760 ($100) — Cousin: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10—newbalance.com For narrower-footed runners or those who simply like a close fit, the 760 is a stable, structured trainer that is well suited to mild pronators.  NB is known for roomy toe boxes and the 760 stays true to this reputation. The arch was noticeable […]

Mizuno Wave Creation 11—($135)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Mizuno Wave Creation 11 ($135) — Cousin: adidas adiStar Ride 2—mizunousa.com/running Testers raved about the cushioned feel and bouncy ride of the Creation 11, despite its considerable heft. With Mizuno’s newest Wave technology that reduces midsole foam, the Creation offered ample support and cushioning while remaining flexible enough on the run. A secure midfoot […]

Mizuno Wave Nirvana 6—($140)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Mizuno Wave Nirvana 6 ($140) — Cousin: ASICS Gel 3000—mizunousa.com/running The venerable Nirvana remains a superb high-mileage trainer that held our testers’ feet firmly in place. Its spartan and deep heel cup gave those who are forefoot runners a smooth transition but left those who land toward the aft of their feet wanting. The […]

K-Swiss KONEJO II—($110)

[Spring10ShoeReview] K-Swiss KONEJO II ($110) — Cousin: Nike Structure Triax+ 12—kswiss.com/content/running The impact absorption, cushioning – especially in the fore of the shoe – and accommodating upper fit of the Konejo II got high marks from our testers.  They also appreciated the lack of friction from seams and absence of pressure along the instep.  The […]

Karhu Forward Ride—($130)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Karhu Forward Ride ($130) — Cousin: Karhu Fast Fulcrum Ride—karhu.com The Forward Ride is for those with a low-volume forefoot, given its small toe box that put some testers’ toes to sleep.  With a slight twist on the natural running movement, the Forward Ride is all about the transition from heel to toe, allowing […]

Brooks Glycerin 8—($130)

[Spring10ShoeReview] Brooks Glycerin 8 ($130) — Cousin: Nike Zoom Vomero—brooksrunning.com As an all-purpose, cushioned neutral training shoe, the Glycerin 8 comes in widths for dialed-in fit. The new cushioning technology, designed to kick in and adapt with the foot’s pressure, wasn’t noticed by our wear testers, but that’s probably a good thing. This model’s reduced […]

AVIA AviLite 3—($100)

[Spring10ShoeReview] AVIA AviLite 3 ($100) — Cousin: Mizuno Wave Elixir 3 — avia.com The third rendition of the AviLite is perfect for runners looking for a combination of lightweight performance and soft, yet responsive cushioning. Our wear testers concluded the shoe will work best for runners who don’t like a tight fitting shoe. The shoe […]