New Balance 1600, $110
5.4 oz.; 4.7 oz.
Fit: This shoe is sleek and snug with a classic racing flat fit, providing exceptional foot hold for a variety of foot shapes. It has a no-frills, low-volume interior that doesn’t inhibit the foot in any way.
Feel: The shoe runs and feels like it’s barely there, but it still has enough cushioning to soften the blow of every step. It has a resilient, semi-firm feeling underfoot with a fairly flat profile (6mm heel-toe drop).
Ride: Our wear-testers raved about what a fluid ride this shoe produced, both for short-distance racing and speed work but also for longer race-paced runs. Although most considered it limited to faster workouts and 5K races, a few of our wear-testers considered it the consummate half-marathon shoe.
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