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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

Inov-8 Road X-Treme 208, $100

(X-Treme 188 for women), $100

weights: 8.3 oz. (men’s); 6.9 oz. (women’s)

heights: 20mm (heel), 14mm (forefoot)

Fit: The newest version of the Road X-Treme has a secure fit in the heel and a near-custom fit in the midfoot, but a decidedly roomy feel in the forefoot.

Feel: This low-to-the-ground trainer feels light and fast from the moment you lace it up. It has an easy-flexing demeanor that moves with the natural motion of the foot. In other words, it doesn’t get in the way of how you run.

Ride: Giddy up! The low-profile design and modest-but-effective undercarriage evoke speed, good form and confidence. Testers praised the cushioning for blending soft comfort and responsive firmness. It’s a versatile shoe that can be used as an everyday trainer (for dynamically strong, nimble runners) or for faster workouts and progression runs.

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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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