Saucony Grid Type A3 — ($95)

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 28, 2010
  • Updated Jun. 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM UTC

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There is a reason you’ll see some of the fleetest runners wearing this extremely light racing flat: It’s all about performance and nothing else. Then again, weighing in at a mere seven ounces, there isn’t room for much else. The neutral Type A3 is the quintessential racing flat. Its fit is foot-wrapping, its feel is low-profile and flexible, and its ride is all about high turnover. The toe box is a little wider than some of the other flat-like shoes tested, but the heel hold and minimalist mesh upper otherwise screams racing.

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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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