SAUCONY GRID TYPE A5, $100
men’s: 5.6 oz. \ women’s: 5.2 oz.
Snug as a glove with its light, breathable upper, the Grid Type A5 is half an ounce lighter than the A4, making it light as a feather while still offering just enough cushioning. The flexible and bouncy midsole provides a minimal but effective barrier between the foot and the ground that requires a forefoot or midfoot strike while encouraging quick leg turnover. Best for racing shorter distances, the minimal support of these shoes and the slight 4mm heel-toe drop might require an adjustment period for less advanced runners or those without efficient form. Designed with drainage holes throughout the sole of the shoe, the Grid Type A5 is great for rainy races or for runners venturing into triathlon. www.saucony.com
K-SWISS KWICKY QT2, $144
men’s: 9.7 oz. \ women’s: 7.8 oz.
The fraternal twin of the Kwicky Blade Light, the Kwicky QT2 was built for triathlon racing with a bungee lacing system that’s easy to get on in a transition area. It features the same flexible, yet supportive midsole as the Kwicky Blade Light, making it a relatively lightweight option for mild to moderate overpronators. It has a moderate heel-toe drop (10mm) and offers a firm ride while still providing protection underfoot. The thin, seam-free upper feels very comfortable against the foot, while its unique lacing system is highly adjustable, allowing you to dial in the fit that feels best. www.k-swiss.com