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Adidas

ADIDAS 4DFWD REVIEW

ADIDAS 4DFWD Review

THE BUZZ

Your casual Friday street style is about to get A LOT faster because the new adidas 4DFWD is a REAL running shoe. It’s sustainable, it’s sexy and it’s FAST.

The 4DFWD utilizes data driven technology that combines more than 17 years of athlete insights and carbon technology. This technology produces a precision tuned 3D printed midsole which offers runners support and comfort.

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WHAT’S NEW

The new 4DFWD lattice is a totally redesigned 3D printed midsole that translates vertical impact from your down step into forward momentum, so you’re literally pushing yourself forward.

The midsole features a unique bowtie-shaped FWD cell which redirects energy from each step’s impact to create horizontal forward motion.

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FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The 4DFWD midsole provides runners with a super-lightweight premium upper that encases the foot in seamless sock-like fit.

Adidas uses historical mapping data to code the PRIMEKNIT upper to perfectly alight with the unique properties of the 4DFWD midsole. This mapping gives runners all the support and comfort they need while running.

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ADIDAS 4DFWD PROS

The midsole lattice construct is made of 39% bio-based 3D material which offers 23% more cushioning. This also generates over 3X as much forward motion when compared to previous generations of 4D midsoles.

The Primeknit+ upper is made from 50% recycled materials and no virgin polyester.

The rubber outsole is designed to work in harmony with the adidas 4DFWD midsole, providing superior traction for athletes.

The braking force experienced by the athlete during running is reduced on average by 15%as the midsole redirects these vertical impact forces into horizontal forward motion–delivering running economy comparable to that of Ultraboost midsoles in lab conditions.

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ADIDAS 4DFWD CONS

This is a great shoe from adidas, but at a price point of $200 and a weight of 11.7 oz it’s a bit on the high end of it’s comparable counterparts.

ADIDAS 4DFWD TECH SPECS

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On Running

ON CLOUDSTRATUS REVIEW

On Cloudstratus Review

THE BUZZ

Now it its second edition, the On Cloudstratus is a high-mileage, everyday trainer built for cushion, comfort and support.

It features an innovative CloudTec cushioning and support system that serves up a smooth, energetic and durable ride.

On Cloudstratus Review

WHAT’S NEW

The new Cloudstratus has been enhanced with a re-engineered midsole platform, a roomier forefoot, an improved outsole, a curvier rocker profile and an updated gusseted tongue. Those changes all contribute to a better fit, softer feel and improved overall performance.

The two-layer CloudTec midsole cushioning system has been updated with a softer Helion foam. The foam compresses and rebounds more effectively without bottoming out. It’s soft and responsive, not soft and mushy like the super-soft foam in some lighter training shoes.

The Speedboard plastic plate embedded in the midsole and rocker geometry are the key to both a smooth ride and slight propulsive feeling as the foot rolls through to the toe-off moment of a stride.

The rocker profile creates a significant toe-spring design in the forefoot to encourage forward propulsion, while the Speedboard provides a firm feeling ideal for launching off the ground at toe-off.

The new, one-piece upper is lighter, more breathable and more conducive to natural foot flex than the double-layered upper of the previous edition. It gives this version of the Cloudstratus a streamlined look and contributes to the improved fit, feel and ride.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The new Cloudstratus fits true to size with a snug, narrow/medium fit in the heel and midfoot but a notably wider fit in the forefoot.

They feel comfortable soft when you step into them and lace them up. This is thanks in part to the foamy heel collar, comfy tongue and cushy sock liner. However, there’s a sensation of both soft and semi-firm the moment you start running in them.

In fact, the Cloudstratus has a firm flex sensation that’s similar to a racing shoe with a carbon-fiber plate, even though it’s not nearly as light and energetic.

The eight individual CloudTec midsole cushioning pods compress according to a runner’s specific gait pattern. The pods support the foot with a near-custom ride as it rolls to the forefoot.

The ride is smooth, moderately soft and noticeably snappy from slow to moderately fast paces.

On Cloudstratus Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who log moderate to high-mileage volume every week and appreciate near-maximal cushioning will love the new Cloudstratus.

It’s a trainer that offers a good mix of comfort, durability and support for daily training and long runs.

It’s resilient and bouncy enough to provide enough energetic pop for some faster workouts, including longer intervals and tempo runs.

It has enough cushioning and support for running a half marathon or marathon, but it’s not quite light enough for running all-out track workouts or racing shorter distances.

On Cloudstratus Review

ON CLOUDSTRATUS PROS

The fit has really been improved to accommodate more foot shapes with a more spacious toe box, improved heel hold, gusseted tongue, improved sock liner and updated “star” lacing system.

The enhancements have resulted in an adaptable, semi-custom, wrap-like fit that’s big on both comfort and performance.

This is one of the most eco-friendly shoes on the market. The shoe is made with 75 percent of the polyester content and 20 percent of the entire shoe made from recycled materials.

That includes the tongue, vamp, interior lining, sock liner, laces and upper are made entirely from recycled polyester.

The outsole has a redesigned tread pattern and a better mix of blown rubber and carbon rubber. This has improved the traction, softness and feel of this shoe.

A slightly wider, beveled channel underneath the foot allows for better heel-to-toe transitions, improved flex and, most importantly, fewer pebbles being caught on the run.

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ON CLOUDSTRATUS CONS

The Cloudstratus isn’t heavy, but it’s not quite as light as some high-mileage trainers in the same class.

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HOKA ONE ONE ANACAPA MID GORE-TEX REVIEW

HOKA Anacapa Shoe Review

THE BUZZ

Cushion, comfort and SO much support – the new Hoka One One Anacapa is the hiking boot we’ve all been waiting for. It’s super lightweight, durable, waterproof and comes with that famous HOKA cushioning we all know and love, but now in hiker form!

WHAT’S NEW

The Hoka Anacapa GTX is an entirely new shoe from the brand and our testers believe HOKA really hit the mark with this one — it’s your gateway to the great outdoors! With great ankle support and a Vibram Megagrip outsole, this form-fitting hiker is great for a weekend day hike or full-on backpacking adventure.

Let’s not forget to mention the SUSTAINABILITY factor here! HOKA Anacapa Mid and Low GTX are both made with recycled materials including GORE-TEX fabric with leaf bootie, which is 45% recycled content by weight and has 71% recycled material in the face fabric.

Molded PU sockliners are derived from 50% soybean oil and the upper is made with Leather Working Group (LWG) Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather. Additionally, there is recycled polyester materials in the collar, mesh and laces.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

When lacing up the Anacapa Mid GTX to hit the trails, the shoe checks all the boxes. Not only are they supremely waterproof (thanks, Gore-Tex!), but there was no “break in” time needed at all, which is fairly unheard of when it comes to good hiking boots.

They really do feel like a sneaker (with better ankle support!) but works more like a boot. Anacapa takes the lightweight, cushioned support and smooth ride you know from HOKA and turns it into a form-fitting, do-it-all hiking boot. Any distance, any weather, no problem.

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THE NITTY-GRITTY

Upper: 

  • Protected with PFC-Free water repellency treatment
  • Leather Working Group Gold-rated waterproof nubuck leather
  • Quick lace hook hardware
  • Gusseted tongue to mitigate trail debris
  • Recycled polyester content in collar, mesh and laces
  • GORE-TEX footwear fabric with recycled textile designed to keep feet dry and comfortable
  • Molded PU sockliner derived from 50% soybean oil

Midsole:

  • Compression molded EVA midsole for a balanced, cushioned ride
  • Extended heel designed for smoother impact

Outsole:

  • Vibram®️ Megagrip rubber with 5mm lugs
  • Late stage Meta-Rocker

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Brooks

BROOKS CASCADIA 16 REVIEW

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Cascadia has been the primary trail shoe in the Brooks line for a decade and a half, but it’s been entirely reconfigured for the second straight season.

The vast changes have made the Brooks Cascadia 16 one of the best and most versatile versions yet, allowing it to ramble over a wide variety of terrain with an ideal combination of cushioning, protection and comfort.

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

WHAT’S NEW

Brooks completely overhauled the Cascadia by replacing the midsole with its DNA Loft v2 foam, debuting a new engineered mesh upper and redesigning the lug pattern on the outsole.

Gone is the stability-enhancing Pivot Post System that had been one of the hallmarks of Cascadia models since its inception, but the shoe remains very stable on uneven terrain.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Cascadia 16 fits true to size with a medium-volume interior, snug heel, secure midfoot and a spacious toe box that’s noticeably wider than the previous edition.

The step-in feel is soft and plush, thanks to a padded heel collar, very soft midsole, premium footbed and thick, gusseted tongue that wraps the top of the forefoot and really secures the foot to the midsole/outsole chassis.

On the run, the midsole cushioning feels soft, but not mushy. Instead, it feels compliant, flexible, stable and very reliable on a variety of types of terrain, including gravel roads, soft dirt and technical rocks.

The rock plate embedded in the layers of the midsole is more pliable than previous editions of the Cascadia and, combined with the softer midsole foam, makes this version of the shoe feel noticeably more energetic and agile.

It’s not a light and lively model, but it’s not a clunky tank, either. The modifications and improvements have made the Cascadia 16 a versatile, jack of all trails, capable of running on smooth to moderately technical terrain.

The new engineered mesh upper is airy and breathable while providing a nice mix of pliable comfort and locked-down foot hold. Subtle but effect reinforcements over the toe bumper and sidewalls keep your feet out of harm’s way without inhibiting the natural flex and movements of your stride. The flexible but protective Ballistic Rock Shield in the midsole keeps pointy rocks, roots and other obstacles on the trail from poking your feet.

The Cascadia 16 serves up exceptional traction from its full-coverage layer of TrailTack rubber and an array of beefier and more widely spaced directional lugs. The outsole adheres to wet and dry rocks, roots and wooden trail steps and it grips the ground, no matter if it’s loose dirt, gravel, snow or mud.

Brooks Cascadia 16 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Given its versatility, the Cascadia 16 could be the shoe of choice for novice trail runners, experienced mountain runners and even ultrarunners.

It’s not a maximal shoe, but it has a lot of cushioning and yet it still has good proprioceptive feel for the ground. It has the comfort of a road running shoe, with the trail-specific protection to keep your feet from getting banged up.

Although it’s not light and agile enough for short-distance races, it’s ideal for running 10K to ultra-distance events.

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BROOKS CASCADIA 16 PROS

There are a lot of great features built into this shoe, but the new DNA Loft v2 midsole is certainly one of the best. Although there is 2mm more foam, the midsole is 5 percent softer and 20 percent lighter than the BioMoGo DNA foam of the Cascadia 15. The according-like contouring of the midsole is known as “sidewall release geometry” that allows the lateral and medial sides of the shoe to compress independently to adapt to uneven terrain.

Although the stability-enhancing Pivot Post System is gone, the Cascadia 16 is still a very stable shoe. Stability is achieved through a slightly wider footprint, reliable outsole design and the recessed position of your feet inside the midsole chassis.

The new stretch woven laces do a great job integrating with the reinforced eyelets and securing the foot in place with the new upper and fully gusseted tongue.

The Cascadia 16 has a few hidden features, including drainage ports that release water and a Velcro strap off that back of the heel that can secure the rear loop of after-market gaiters.

Based on the materials and how this shoe is built, our wear-testers expect this shoe to have exceptional durability.

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BROOKS CASCADIA 16 CONS

The only slight drawback about the Cascadia 16 is that it could be a tinge lighter than it is. It doesn’t feel weighted down, but it’s just not quite as nimble as it could be.

BROOKS CASCADIA 16 TECH SPECS

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BROOKS LEVITATE 5 REVIEW

Brooks Levitate 5 Review

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Levitate 5 is a neutral-oriented everyday training shoe with a springy, energetic vibe. It’s a model designed for casual runners who appreciate a shoe that combines a comfortable fit, moderate structure and a responsive ride.

Brooks Levitate 5 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The fit of the Levitate 5 has been updated with a more accommodating interior shape and a new circular knit engineered mesh upper.

DNA AMP midsole material is a soft, lively polyurethane-based foam encased in a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skin that resists horizontal expansion. Because the midsole cannot expand laterally, it expands vertically which results in a spring-like effect in every step.

The new engineered circular knit upper material provides breathability and ensures a more flexible, accommodating fit, especially on the run. It’s soft and comfortable in the forefoot while providing just enough structure to lock down your feet to the chassis of the shoe.

The arrow-point pattern of the one-piece durable rubber outsole lets your foot move quickly from heel to toe. This enhances the shoe’s springy feel while also durable and reliable traction.

There’s a small decoupling channel under the rear of the shoe. This helps to absorb shock and keep the foot moving forward, while six grooves in the forefoot promote flexibility.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Levitate 5 fits true to size with medium to narrow interior volume from heel to toe. It feels comfortably secure in the heel and arch/saddle. It’s a bit compact in the toe box — although the new stretchy upper material is pleasantly soft and accommodating across the forefoot and it feels less restrictive on the run.

The step-in feel is cozy and soft, thanks to a nicely padded heel collar, thick tongue and premium sock liner. The lively vibe of the midsole is evident the moment you lace up the shoes and start running. The ride is soft, bouncy and very responsive with an energy-returning sensation in every stride.

Brooks Levitate 5 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

The Levitate 5 is ideal for runners who appreciate a well-cushioned shoe that absorbs shock and puts a spring in your step.

It’s a versatile everyday trainer for slow to moderately fast running paces over any distance. It’s not light or peppy enough for the fastest paces you’re capable of running.

If you’re a novice to intermediate runner or an occasional runner who runs 20 to 40 miles per week, there’s a good chance you’ll love this shoe.

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BROOKS LEVITATE 5 PROS

The bouncy feeling of the midsole has helped change the game about the level of responsiveness you could expect in an everyday trainer. It’s not the super-fast sensation of a carbon-plate racing shoe, but more of a resilient feeling that matches your cadence.

Our wear-test team expects this to be is a highly durable shoe. The DNA Amp foam, new upper material and outsole rubber — as well as how the shoe is constructed — should accommodate high-mileage running without excessive wear and tear.

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BROOKS LEVITATE 5 CONS

The only minor drawback of the Levitate 5 is that it’s slightly heavier than some everyday training shoes. It features a high-quality materials package, but it’s just not as light as what you’ll find it other models.

BROOKS LEVITATE 5 TECH SPECS

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On Running Reviews

2021 ON CLOUDFLOW REVIEW

THE BUZZ

Now it its third edition, the On Cloudflow is a lightweight, low-to-the-ground neutral training shoe designed for efficient, quick-cadence running.

It’s built with On’s Cloud cushioning technology and features a semi-firm plate embedded in the midsole that loads each stride with shock-absorbing cushioning and a jolt of energy for a smooth, snappy ride.

On Cloudflow Review

WHAT’S NEW

The biggest updates to the On Cloudflow are a better-fitting heel cup and new engineered mesh upper made from 70 percent recycled materials.

The ultralight Helion midsole superfoam provides a fast, responsive feeling with fully cushioned road protection and exceptional durability. Unlike some midsole materials that falter in hot or cold weather, the Helion cushioning performs equally as well in all temperatures without losing its performance qualities.

The heel cup has been improved to make the rearfoot fit feel more precise and locked down. It gives the Cloudflow a reassuringly secure sensation that contributes to its performance-oriented agility, especially when cornering or running hills at faster speeds.

With small sections of grippy rubber and an enhanced traction pattern on the bottom of most of the Cloud pods, the Cloudflow’s outsole serves up exceptional hold for agile and reliable road running. Although a few pods have exposed foam facing the ground, it doesn’t affect the long-timer durability or performance of the shoe.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Cloudflow fits true to size with a medium-volume interior, an improved fit in the heel, a secure connection at the arch/saddle area and just enough wiggle room in the forefoot.

When you step into these shoes and lace them up, you’ll feel a unique sensation of comfort and precision that comes from the cleanly designed upper and soft but spartan interior that securely holds your feet in place.

The ride is moderately soft and buttery smooth, with an easy-flexing demeanor that’s energized by the semi-firm polypropylene Speedboard embedded in the midsole.

It’s not an overly cushy ride compared to other shoes, but it’s soft enough to reduce the impacts of the ground while also promoting efficient running form.

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who prefer a moderate level of cushioning with an intuitive feel for the ground will love the new Cloudflow. Its lightweight, energetic and agile vibe is ideal for all types of up-tempo running, including fartlek workouts, interval sessions and short-distance racing.

Although it’s best for shorter and faster running, it could serve as a long-run shoe or everyday trainer for runners who are light on their feet and appreciate a proprioceptive connection to the ground.

ON CLOUDFLOW PROS

On’s Cloud cushioning technology is the most unique midsole configuration in the running shoe industry. It’s comprised of 18 individually shaped CloudTec pods under each foot that offer a high level of cushioning and responsiveness while allowing your feet to roll naturally and consistently from heel to toe.

The cleanly designed engineered mesh upper not only creates a more streamlined look, but it offers seamless comfort and connectivity at higher speeds. Plus, the Cloudflow makes a strong environmental statement, given that the upper is made of 70 percent polyester content and the overall composition is comprised of 20 percent recycled material.

The clean, almost artful design of the Cloudflow creates amazing aesthetic appeal. The look, feel and comfort make it one of those shoes you want to wear when you’re not running.

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ON CLOUDFLOW CONS

The Cloudflow doesn’t have the depth or soft bounciness of some other training shoes available at JackRabbit.com. If you don’t like a shoe with a low-to-the-ground, semi-firm feeling, consider the On Cloud X for a more cushioned ride.

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SAUCONY TRIUMPH 19 REVIEW

Triumph 19 Review

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Triumph 19 is a neutral-oriented premium everyday trainer with a plush interior, a soft, mildly responsive midsole and an idyllic, smooth-riding demeanor.

The Triumph 19 is very similar to last year’s edition, except that it’s lighter and more breathable.

Saucony Triumph 19 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The Triumph 19 has a new mono-mesh upper that has improved the breathability and a new lacing system with an articulated eye-row that creates an adaptive, semi-custom fit. Best of all, this edition is a full ounce lighter than the previous version.

The thick PWRRUN+ midsole and an additional layer of the foam in the top sole, combined with the soft, contoured EVA sockliner, create a supremely plush sensation with a feeling of bottomless cushioning. It’s not mushy soft, but instead it’s dense, supportive and durable with a touch of responsiveness — though not nearly as much as its cousins in Saucony’s Endorphin line.

The Triumph 19 not only provides long-haul comfort for less stressful long runs, but our wear-testers found that it also helps your legs recover quicker without as much soreness the next day.

The new mono-mesh upper offers a nice blend of comfort and support, while the perforations in the toe box provide enhanced breathability. It features Saucony’s FormFIT technology and a new articulated eye-row pattern in the lacing system that combine to allow for an optimally personalized fit around the shape of your feet.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Truimph 19 fits true to size with a medium to low volume interior from the heel through the midfoot area, with a slightly roomier forefoot that allows your toes to wiggle and flex. (The fit is noticeably improved from the Triumph 18, which was a bit sloppy in the forefoot.)

The step-in feel is divinely comfortable — as soft and cushy as any shoe available this year. The new mono-mesh upper and gusseted tongue provide a wrap-like fit that keeps your feet comfortably secured to the midsole chassis.

The PWRRUN+ midsole serves up a ride that is soft and compliant and mildly energetic, which is a great combination for this workhorse daily trainer.

The bottom line is that it’s an impressively cushioned shoe that feels soft and a little bit springy when your foot hits the ground, then rolls smoothly through the midfoot to the toe-off phase.

Saucony Triumph 19 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who log mid- to high-mileage weeks in training will love this shoe for its cushy comfort, smooth ride and modest energy return. It’s best for short to long runs up at slower to moderate paces.

It could be used for tempo runs, but it doesn’t provide enough inherent energy return to be a speed shoe for faster workouts or short-distance racing.

Saucony Triumph 19 Review

SAUCONY TRIUMPH 19 PROS

The Triumph 19 fits a lot better from heel to toe than its predecessor, due to a sleeker shape, better upper material and more supportive heel cup. While the interior is very padded, it’s smoother and more conducive to a locked-down fit than the excessively cushioned and somewhat sloppy interior of the Triumph 18.

The reduced weight of the Triumph 19 is noticeable and appreciated and makes it slightly more versatile and conducive to up-tempo paces. Most importantly, though, it just improves the overall vibe of the shoe as a durable and reliable daily trainer.

The XT-900 carbon rubber outsole is durable and mildly soft, which means it will endure all of the miles you’ll willing to rack up in this shoe. The reconfigured flex grooves help make the shoe a bit more pliable, which contributes to the smooth ride.

Saucony Triumph 19 Review

SAUCONY TRIUMPH 19 CONS

The rope-like laces are not nearly as effective at providing a precise fit as flat laces. 

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HOKA ONE ONE RINCON 3 REVIEW

Hoka One One Rincon 3 Review

THE BUZZ

Light, cushy and fast, the Hoka One One Rincon 3 is a lively and versatile neutral-oriented shoe at a budget-friendly price. It has an exceptional cushion-to-weight ratio and serves up an easy-rolling ride.

The Rincon 3 is a great shoe for long runs, speedier workouts and recovery jogs. It can be an everyday training shoe or your shoe of choice for up-tempo running.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHAT’S NEW

Although the updates to the Rincon 3 seem minor, small changes to the midsole, outsole and upper have made a noticeable impact.

The best aspect about those changes is that it’s made the Rincon 3 nearly a half-ounce lighter than the previous version, which is pleasantly surprising given the how light and agile the Rincon 2 felt.

The single-layer compression molded EVA midsole offers excellent shock absorption, ample softness and a touch of responsiveness. While the midsole/outsole geometry is the same as the previous edition, the chassis has been tweaked with some new midsole foam sculpting for more consistent compression and a notch off the back of the heel for lateral decoupling.

The Rincon features a thin, smooth a very lightly padded tongue with an asymmetrical design that allows for optimal fit on each foot. It’s not gusseted but it does promote a snug, comfortable fit over the top of the foot.

The new upper is only slightly different than the previous edition, but its sleeker and provides a more secure fit than that of the Rincon 2 and is similarly ventilated. The biggest change to the upper is the heel pull tab, which is now made from a thin, sturdy cord instead of a wide fabric band.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Rincon 3 fits true to size and similar to last year’s edition, with a medium volume from heel to toe. There’s a snug and secure feeling in the heel and at the arch/saddle area, but it’s slightly roomier in the forefoot for the toes to wiggle and splay.

The interior is comfortable but not overly padded or plush, just some extra padding in the rear foot and around the heel collar. The first thing you notice when you lace up a pair of Rincon 3 is how well-cushioned they are, but also how impossibly light and nimble they feel.

The midsole is squishy soft, but the ride is very lively and agile. It doesn’t produce a bouncy sensation, but more of a fluid, rolling motion that comes from the rockered geometry of the outsole-midsole undercarriage.

It is exquisitely soft and smooth from heel to toe, with a mildly responsive feeling in every stride.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who appreciate featherweight training shoes with a lot of cushioning will love the Rincon 3. It has the rare combination of near-maximal cushioning and a light and zesty vibe that inspires quick-cadence running.

It’s comfortable for long runs and quick and agile enough for any type of faster workout, from tempo runs to short intervals, or even short races.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA RINCON 3 PROS

It’s hard to believe a shoe with this much cushioning can be this light. HOKA somehow made this shoe a tad lighter than last year, and that’s great news because lighter is always better. The weight savings came from more aggressive midsole sculpting and cutouts to reduce the amount of material, the new outsole rubber configuration and a more streamlined upper.

HOKA has continued to revise its early-state rocker geometry for quicker heel-toe transitions, giving the Rincon 3 edition a slightly quicker and faster feeling. It doesn’t have the energy return as some of its contemporaries with carbon-fiber plates or advanced foams, but few shoes are as effortlessly smooth as this one.

The outsole of the Rincon 3 actually has a similar amount of durable rubber as the previous editions, but it is spread out over a new zonal pattern for greater durability and more effective traction. Like the previous versions of the shoe, there is a lot of exposed foam under the foot, but it’s not located in high-impact areas so excessive wear shouldn’t impact the ride or performance of the shoe.

At just $115, the Rincon 3 offers a lot of bang for the buck. It’s high on value and long on comfort and performance for a fraction of the price of some of its contemporaries. It doesn’t skimp on quality, but instead benefits from a stripped-down design ethos that eliminates unnecessary materials to ensure the Rincon 3 has a lightweight and lithe demeanor.

Hoka Rincon 3 Review

HOKA RINCON 3 CONS

There aren’t any major drawbacks to the Rincon 3, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t offer much in the way of structure or support, so it’s only recommended for runners with a neutral gait who are light on their feet.

Also, if it’s used as a daily trainer, the long-term durability will likely be shortened as is common with most lightweight shoes.

HOKA RINCON 3 TECH SPECS

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BROOKS GHOST 14 REVIEW

Brooks Ghost 14 Review

THE BUZZ

The Brooks Ghost 14 is a neutral-oriented everyday trainer that’s become one of the best-selling running shoes in recent years because it’s so amazingly soft, cushioned and comfortable.

No matter what your ability or experience level, it’s hard not to love the cushy comfort of the Ghost. 

Brooks Ghost 14 Review

WHAT’S NEW

The biggest structural update to the new Ghost is the addition of a full-length DNA Loft foam midsole. This is combined with a segmented crash pad and improved 3D Fit technology in the upper. This results in the most flexible, smoothest-fitting and most energetic version of the shoe yet.

But the biggest update is that Brooks has made efforts to make the Ghost 14 a carbon-neutral shoe, which means it’s a shoe with soft, light ride and an even lighter footprint.

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Ghost 14 fits true to size and has a medium volume from heel to toe, although it feels slightly more snug in the midfoot/arch area. The step-in feel is exceptionally soft and luxurious — in fact, softer than ever — and it remains one of the most comfortable everyday training shoes available on the market.

A slightly updated engineered mesh upper and a modified lacing system create a more compact and even more cozy fit for a variety of foot shapes.

The ride is very similar to the previous versions of the Ghost — buttery soft, elegantly smooth and extremely shock-absorbing. The full-length DNA Loft midsole serves up a springy, energetic vibe in every stride, making it more conducive to faster-paced running than previous versions of the shoe.

The toe-off sensation feels less mushy and more snappy than previous versions. But the most important feature of the Ghost 14 is the comfortable ride from the first mile to the last.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who enjoy soft, smooth-riding shoes will love the Ghost 14, especially for longer runs.

It’s better at slow to moderately paced running efforts — long runs, recovery runs and other easier runs during the week — but the more energetic midsole gives it just enough versatility for beginners to be a do-everything shoe.

It’s not light enough of quick enough to be adept at quick-cadence running for faster workouts, but it can hold its own for tempo runs and longer fartlek-style intervals.

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PROS

How does a running shoe become carbon neutral? Brooks is purchasing high-quality carbon offsets to account for the residual emissions in shoe manufacturing. The brand is trying to make an immediate impact by offsetting emissions from the Ghost, its highest-selling shoe. In addition to reducing the product’s environmental impact by incorporating recycled materials, Brooks is purchasing carbon offsets from projects that meet strict criteria for making a meaningful difference in addressing climate change.

The Ghost 14 is the first carbon-neutral shoe in the brand’s new 2030 planet strategy, a science-backed approach that will take responsibility for the impact the brand has on the environment. Brooks’ commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 will be achieved by first reducing emissions in line with climate science, with Brooks’ Science-Based Targets to reduce carbon emissions.

If you ran in the Ghost 12 or Ghost 13, you’ll love the Ghost 14. The updated edition of the Ghost is virtually the same weight as last year’s model, but the Ghost 14 is softer and noticeably more responsive.

The new engineered mesh upper material is softer and more pliable, but the toe box has a similar shape and feeling as previous editions. Bottom line? It’s just more comfortable and accommodating.

The outsole has been updated with a minor adjustment in the flex gloves and positioning of carbon rubber segments in the rear and blown rubber in the forefoot to optimize flexibility without compromising cushioning or traction. The decoupling of the heel has been moved further back, creating smoother heel-toe transitions.

Although it’s a neutral shoe and definitely not intended for runners who overpronate, the Ghost 14’s improved upper and lacing system combine with the midsole/outsole chassis and wide footprint to create an inherently stable ride.

There aren’t many shoes available this year that provide as much all-around comfort as the Ghost 14. The interior feel and soft, resilient foam package feel as good in the later miles of a long run as they do in the very first mile.

If you’re looking for a shoe that looks good, feels good and runs smoothly, you should definitely try on a pair of Ghost 14.

Brooks Ghost 14 Review

CONS

The Ghost 14 doesn’t have a lot spunk. It can handle tempo runs and moderately fast long runs, but it’s not a shoe that you’ll want to run fast for longer periods of time.

TECH SPECS

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THE SAUCONY ENDORPHIN COLLECTION

Saucony Endorphin Collection

When Saucony unveiled its Endorphin Collection of shoes in 2020, runners of all ability levels were delighted with the cushy, energetic feeling that the Endorphin Shift, Endorphin Speed and Endorphin Pro provided for everyday training, up-tempo workouts and all-out racing.

It has updated each of those models for 2021 and added the lively and durable Endorphin Trail to the mix this year. Each of the four shoes in the collection is uniquely designed to provide the right amount of comfort, support, energy and speed for all of the running you do.

Saucony Endorphin Collection

Saucony Endorphin Shift 2

$139.95 | Soft, Stable Everyday Training Shoe

Offering an ideal combination of speed, comfort and structure, the Endorphin Shift 2 is maximally cushioned everyday training shoe that helps reduce the stress of running while giving you a spark of energy in every stride. If you’re the type of runner that appreciates soft, comfortable and effortless running with subtle support, lace up pair of Endorphin Shift 2 as your go-to training shoe.

The Endorphin Shift is a lightweight, smooth-riding, neutral-oriented shoe that gives off a soft, enjoyable vibe. It’s built on a lofty bed of PWRRUN cushioning, with built-in ride-stabilizing features and Saucony’s convex Speedroll geometry that guide and propel your stride with continuous momentum. With its supportive and breathable mesh upper, you can look forward to more comfortable, feel-good runs every day of the week.

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Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

$159.95 | Versatile, Fast-Pace Workout Shoe

Soft, lively and bouncy, the Endorphin Speed 2 offer limitless energy and versatility for every type of running you do. You can wear it for slow and easy long runs and recovery runs, fast-paced workouts and tempo runs and even on race day.

The secret sauce of Endorphin Speed 2 is the combination of the highly responsive PWRRUN PB midsole foam and how the semi-firm curvy nylon plate and rockered Speedroll geometry helps create seemingly effortless forward propulsion. The Endorphin Speed 2 has been slightly updated a new mono-mesh upper made from recycled materials, a snugger fit in the heel, anti-slip laces and some soft, suede detailing.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro 2

$199.95 | Race-Day PR-Shattering Shoe

If you want to aim for a new PR in the 10K, half marathon or marathon, pull the Endorphin Pro from your arsenal and hang on for dear life. It’s an extremely energetic and wickedly fast shoe that is almost guaranteed to help you lower your times.

The Endorphin Pro 2 is a neutral-oriented, top-tier long-distance racing shoe built on a light and lively PWRUN PB midsole that’s embedded with a curvy carbon-fiber plate that enhances forward propulsion as you engage the rockered Speedroll geometry. It’s a featherweight and hyper-fast PR machine and an ideal choice for your next race. It was updated ever-so-slightly with more heel support, anti-slip laces for a more reliable fit and a new perforated mesh upper material for enhanced breathability.

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Saucony Endorphin Trail

$159.95 | Versatile and Electric Trail Shoe

With all of the best qualities of a road shoe captured in a trail runner, the Endorphin Trail will let you blaze paths to new adventures in animated comfort. With a soft and energetic midsole and reliable traction and protection, it’s a versatile shoe intended for both long adventure races and racing on a wide range of terrain.

A brand new shoe for 2021, the Endorphin Trail brings the same electric feeling to the trials as the Endorphin Speed 2 and Endorphin Pro 2 models bring to the roads. It’s built on a responsive but stable PWRRUN PB midsole chassis enhanced with Saucony’s Speedroll geometry that put a spring in your step going uphill and a soft cushy feeling as you cruise downhills.

There’s not interior rock plate, but it does have a quick-fit trail sleeve that provides a sock-like fit and also keeps trail debris at bay. The sticky rubber outsole features an array of medium-depth directional lugs that can handle mud, loose gravel, soft dirt and rugged rocks.

ENDORPHIN TRAIL COMING SOON