Scott MK4, $130
9.6 oz.; 7.3 oz.
Fit: The MK4 has a traditional low-volume race-ready fit, with a reliable snugness from heel to toe. The soft semi-gusseted tongue and exoskeletal micromesh adds to the secure feeling in the midfoot/arch area.
Feel: This shoe feels light and energetic, thanks in part to superior flexibility, semi-soft midsole and level, low-to-the-ground construction. The midsole is reinforced by a carbon fiber plate, which adds a twinge of stability without inhibiting the flex or adding weight.
Ride: The ride is fast, light, smooth and surprisingly stable. Our testers raved about how the fit connected the foot to the shoe and created a proprioceptive connection to the ground. Those qualities combined to make it versatile enough for all types of up-tempo running, including speed workouts, tempos, fartleks and short- and long-distance racing.
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