Ecco Biom A — ($195/$220)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 24, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:15 PM UTC

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The term form-fitting is used to describe apparel, but it would be an appropriate description of Ecco’s Biom series. The A is the most tuned for speed, as in up-on-your-toes pace, and it has a fit that goes along with that sort of rapid turnover. The narrow, low-profile feel conforms to the foot’s anatomy and is designed to be biomechanically true to the kind of flex and toe-off that comes with speed. For a glove-like fit and greater durability, there is also a yak leather version ($220). Our testers didn’t recommend the Biom A for longer training runs, for those with wider feet or those who need cushioning—but did find them to encourage a quick tempo.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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