New Balance 100 — ($75)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 28, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:09 PM UTC

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It’s hard to imagine anyone running 100 miles over rugged trails in a racing flat that weighs fewer than eight ounces. And while very few can do that, especially at breakneck pace, those who are in that league worked with New Balance to pare down the trail shoes and imbed a plastic rock protection sheet in the forefoot to make the 100 a great all-surface minimalist racer and trainer. Our test team found the narrow, snug fit to be racing -flat-esque; the ride differs from a road shoe only in the firmness of the protection plate.

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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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