The Need for Speed: Lightweight Running Shoes

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PrintThe spring race season is upon us. You may not be able to get back those winter days on the couch, but cutting gear weight is a cheap way to boost your times. Lace up one of these lightweight shoes for your next P.R.

1. Mizuno Wave Rider 16

The latest Wave Rider incarnation does not disappoint. Weighing in at a featherlight 9.9 ounces, the Wave Rider 16 still has plenty of support for ultra distance training and road racing. 

2. Pearl Izumi Syncro Fuel RD II

Already known as a light, cushioned road runner, the latest version improves the fit with a seam-free interior and Ortholite sockliner, cutting down on blister potential. The 360-degree lacing system hugs the foot and Energy Foam provides the soft landing on hard surfaces.

3. Merrell Mix Master 2

The lightweight, cushioned trail shoe fits snugly like a foot glove. It features a 4mm heel-to-toe drop and an air mesh upper that sheds water quickly after creek crossings. For ultra training and racing on tough trails, the Mix Master is a top performer.

4. Patagonia EVERmore

The EVERmore is the best new trail shoe and the new favorite among our elite trail running wear-testers. Only 7.8 ounces, it’s one of the toughest trail shoes on the market. The shoe features a durable, breathable air mesh upper, drainage ports, an integrated 2mm footbed, and a tough tacky-rubber sole with climbing lugs in forefoot and rear-facing braking lugs in heel.

5. Inov-8 Bare Grip 200

Simply put, it’s the lightest, fastest trail shoe for notching a personal-best. The super-grippy lugs provide outstanding traction, while the minimalist lightweight upper is flexible, durable, and drains quickly.

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