Spring 2014 Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

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Scott eRide AF Trainer 2, $140

8.1 oz. (men’s); 7.4 oz. (women’s)

29mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)

Fit: A dynamic mesh upper and lightweight welded overlays help create a form-fitting seal that locks down the heel and arch, while the forefoot and toes are free to move.

Feel: Soft and light underfoot, this energetic shoe inspires a quick cadence and an agile sensation in every stride. A wide footprint that allows for considerable ground contact provides inherent stability without inhibiting the nimble feeling. The subtle genius of this shoe is the thick layer of next-generation Aerofoam midsole, which is resilient and responsive without feeling springy.

Ride: Our wear-testers loved the subtle but distinct rockered profile (curved from heel to toe), suggesting that it encourages forward propulsion and is the catalyst for the smooth rolling ride this shoe consistently produces. The AF Trainer 2 excels as a high-mileage trainer but it has all the tools to be a consummate marathon shoe too. “A very responsive ride and the curved shape of the midsole encourages forward propulsion,” one of our wear-testers remarked.  “I liked the first version of this shoe and like the second one even more,” another chimed in.

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