These running shoes and gear will take you higher, faster, and farther.
Inov-8 Roclite 305 The lightweight 305 is super-fast and springy while still providing outstanding underfoot cushioning. The sturdy sole can handle the toughest of trails without weighing down the feet, and the flexible last and mesh upper make it run-ready out of the box. 11 ounces. $85; inov-8.com
La Sportiva Fireblade It’s a trainer with a speedster’s mentality. The low-profile shoe has just enough cushioning and protection to call it a trainer, while still offering superior foot flexion for a light and lively ride. 12.8 ounces. $95; lasportiva.com
New Balance 100 The uber-lightweight trail flats are built for speed—lace up these puppies for distances of 10K or less, and you’ll shave seconds off your personal best. The sole is surprisingly grippy and strong for such a lightweight shoe, and the breathable mesh uppers hug the feet snugly. 6 ounces. $75; newbalance.com Nike Lunar Glide Nike put a good bit of cushioning in the heel, where the most severe impact is, and then carried a foam core throughout the shoe to provide a bouncy, responsive step. The seamless mesh upper also contributes to the snug, comfy feel. The lower heel profile softens the impact and helps you move weight to your forefoot, where it should be. 10.6 ounces. $100; nikerunning.com Asics DS Trainer 14 There’s a reason the DS Trainer is celebrating its 14th birthday when most other shoes barely make it a season: simply put, the DS Trainer is the perfect blend of underfoot protection and lightweight comfort on the roads. Legs feel peppy after double-digit mileage in the DS Trainers, and the durable, long-lasting construction ensures that these trainers will go the distance for you. 10.2 ounces. $85; asics.com
Karhu Strong Fulcrum Ride Karhu’s motion control trainer is still suprisingly lightweight and simple. The only flex you’ll find in the shoe is in the forefoot, and there’s a stiff mid-foot bridge built from carbon that’s designed to transfer your weight quickly to the front of your foot. The result is a slightly noticeable rocker motion that moves you quickly through your stride. Overall, the shoe provides a cush ride that might help ease the average runner into the natural running craze. 11 ounces. $140; karhu.com