Karhu Racer Fulcrum Ride — ($115)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 24, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:12 PM UTC

2010 Summer Shoe Guide Homepage

An unusual but very welcome exception to the rule governing most racing shoes, the Racer has a rather roomy upper that our test team deemed wide enough for runners with bigger feet who still want a lightweight flat. The upper mesh is open for breathability and flexible enough to make this one of the least likely candidates for blisters of all the shoes tested. The neutral midsole offers enough cushioning for longer races and resists compression and a flowing stride.

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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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