2012 Spring-Summer Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Pearl Izumi Syncrofuel Road II, $125

men: 10.2 oz. | women: 9.2 oz.

The Syncrofuel’s defining characteristics: extremely fast and almost harsh transition from heel strike to midfoot. A serious heel striker might benefit from the robust heel and its ability to hustle the runner through the contact phase, but others might find these awkward. The sturdy, cushy sole provides some stability without overwhelming and preventing feet from rolling inward.

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