2012 Spring-Summer Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Inov-8 Road-X Lite 155, $120

men: 5.47 oz. | women: 5 oz.

The Road-X Lite is a snug, extremely light and flexible minimalist shoe that almost molds to your foot, and makes you feel fast. There is limited arch support and minimal cushioning, giving you the feeling of running barefoot and allowing you to recoil off the ground almost instantly; its flexibility, especially through the midfoot, also lends to light, quick strides. The firm midsole makes it a good 5K to 10K racing flat, but it lacks the cushioning most runners prefer for longer road races.

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