GEARSpring Running Shoe Guide

Spring Running Shoe Guide

Sure, there’s still snow on the ground, but that doesn’t stop runners from training for big spring races. If you’re aiming for a PR this spring, here are three top training and racing shoes to get you across the finish.

Pearl Izumi E:Motion Trail N2 – $120

pearl izumi N2
Toeing the starting line at most of the major trail races are runners in Pearl Izumi motion n2, and for good reason: the lightweight N2 is built to handle the rugged trails of Southern Appalachia without compromising speed or durability. It’s not just the elite athletes wearing the N2; mid-packers like our shoe tester found them well suited for his training runs on muddy, squishy singletrack. We’re not the onlyones who dig the N2; Trail Runner named the N2 its 2013 Shoe of the Year.


Patagonia Tsali 3.0 – $110

tsali 3.0
This is the ideal mountain trainer. Lightweight and durable, this neutral-cushioned shoe with a 10mm drop is built for long-distance, multi-surface training runs. The upper sheds weight and minimizes seams for comfort, and the sticky runner outsole is super-grippy on singletrack. This is our wear-tester’s go-to shoe for logging mega training mileage leading up to big spring races.


Asics DS Trainer 19 – $120


Running shoes come and go faster than . For many runners, it’s frustrating to finally find an ideal shoe only to have it discontinued a few months later to make room for the next latest and greatest model. Fortunately, there’s the DS Trainer. It’s been a favorite for nearly two decades. Asics has tweaked the design occasionally, but the DS Trainer always stayed true to its lightweight, versatile, durable roots. It’s perfect for long distance training and even racing. It can handle big mileage but is lightweight enough to provide quick turnover in your next PR chase. This classic is a reliable, durable trainer that gets our nod for best road shoe.


Fitsok ISW socks – 3-pack for $25


Looking for socks that can handle the muddy, wet mess of spring running in the South? Fitsock’s ISW sheds moisture and regulates temperatures in any condition. They’re made from a blend of wool and polypropylene, with a small amount of nylon to ensure a snug fit.

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