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Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Under Armour SpeedForm, $120

weights: 6.0 oz. (men’s); 5.1 oz. (women’s)

heights: 26mm (heel), 23mm (forefoot)

Fit: The innovative SpeedForm wraps a runner’s foot like a glove, starting with a snug, seamless heel cup and a secure midfoot saddle connection.

Feel: Perhaps the best example of next-generation minimalism, the SpeedForm lives up to its name: It feels fast, flexible and light the moment you slip it on. Its stitch-free upper – inspired by spacesuits and the material innovation of a bra, of all things – redefines the term “sock-like feel.” The shoe feels like a natural extension of the foot with a smooth interior that is comfortable with or without socks.

Ride: This is one fast and responsive shoe, but one that’s best for strong, agile runners. The lightweight foam midsole provides plenty of cushioning and energy return while still offering a feel-the-ground sensation. There is little inherent support in this shoe but, more than any model in this review, it moves with the precise movements of a runner’s foot.

 

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at bmetzler@competitorgroup.com.

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