Avia Avi-Bolt 4, $100
8.5 oz.; 7.3 oz.
Fit: Sleek and snug as you might expect from a neutral cushioned racing shoe, the Avi-Bolt IV gives reliable foot hold from heel to toe. The upper is comprised of an interior air mesh wrapped by a breathable microfiber shell, a system which is sufficiently snugged together with a quick-lace system.
Feel: Even though this is a midweight racing flat, it has enough cushioning and support to be an everyday trainer for many runners. It strikes a good balance between being soft and firm, offering enough comfort in every foot strike while being firm enough to provide quick-cadence responsiveness deep into a long run or race.
Ride: Soft and supple in the heel (thanks to a second layer of foam in the heel crash pad) and very flexible in the forefoot, the Avi-Bolt IV serves up a consistent ride with a touch of support and stability.
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