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BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

FIND YOUR FIT ON THE RUN

The right shoe can help make or break a race, but shoe selection is even more important when that race comes AFTER a swim and a bike. Triathletes have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the right gear, wheels, helmets, wetsuits, googles, gearing and of course, shoes.

With the new emergence of the carbon plated shoes, many triathletes have a dedicated training shoe and a dedicated racing shoe. We picked out some of the best running shoes for triathletes to race with.

BEST RUNNING SHOES FOR TRIATHLETES

Hoka Carbon X 2 - Women's

HOKA CARBON X 2

HOKA has taken the triathlon world by storm over the last 5 years, with many of the top professionals racing in HOKA footwear.

Positioned as an endurance racer, the Carbon X2 delivers the same propulsive speed as its predecessor in an adaptable silhouette geared for training and racing alike. Engineered with a responsive, carbon fiber plate and aggressive Meta-Rocker, this performance shoe is a formidable competitor.

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Nike Alphafly Next% | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

NIKE AIR ZOOM ALPHAFLY NEXT%

The record breaking shoe of Eliud Kipchoge, the worlds first sub-2 hour marathoner. You won’t go to race and not see an athlete racing in the brightly colored Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%.

Responsive foam and 2 Zoom Air units combine to push your running game forward for your next marathon or road race.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro | Best Running Shoes for Triathletes

SAUCONY VIZIPRO SPEED ENDORPHIN PRO

Saucony jumped on board with the carbon plate hype with their model, Endorphin Pro.

The Endorphin Pro has ultralight, springy PWRRUNPB cushioning and a signature s-curve carbon fiber plate for powerful transitions, running at top speed feels easier, so you get to the finish line faster.

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SAUCONY KINVARA 12 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Kinvara 12 has been overhauled in look and feel, but it retains the lightweight, low-to-the-ground design while morphing into more of a reliable, lightweight, high-mileage workhorse than its old persona as a go-fast trainer.

The Saucony Kinvara was one of the first low-offset, lightweight, softly-cushioned performance trainers to emerge out of the minimalist revolution a decade ago, and it remains as one of the best in its class among neutral-oriented everyday trainers even as dozens of other competitors have emerged.

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WHAT’S NEW

A new FORMFit mono mesh upper design and updated outsole pattern give the Kinvara 12 a more secure feel, a lighter spec weight and a more streamlined fit, feel and vibe.

It retains the PWRRUN compound (EVA/TPU blend) in the midsole and a thin slice of PWRRUN+ in the top sole under the footbed, but they interact slightly differently with the new outsole and upper.

There’s very little rubber on the outsole, but it doesn’t inhibit the shoe’s traction. Most of the outsole is comprised of exposed midsole foam accentuated by flexed grooves and a bit of tread for grip and flexibility. The addition of more ground contact makes the transition from landing to takeoff faster and smoother.

Although it doesn’t impact performance, the bold, eye-catching color patterns and sleek design give this shoe considerable aesthetic appeal. If you believe the adage that if you look good, you’ll feel good then the Kinvara 12 might provide some added buzz to motivate you on your daily runs.

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Saucony Kinvara 12 fits true to size with a narrow-medium interior volume, featuring a snug, slightly reinforced heel, a locked-down sensation at the arch/saddle and a bit of wiggle room in the toe box.

The thin, lightly padded gusseted tongue helps keep the foot in place, while the new mono mesh upper is soft enough to be comfortable but firm enough to keep the foot secured to the midsole/outsole chassis.

The ride isn’t as soft or responsive as previous editions, but it has more of a semi-firm sensation that’s mildly bouncy and just resilient enough for up-tempo training. It all combines to give the Kinvara 12 the fit, feel and ride of a trustworthy, modern version of a minimally designed everyday trainer.

Our wear-testers reported the Saucony Kinvara 12 to be one of the best-fitting and most comfortable shoes among new models available in early 2021. The upper and midsole are very well integrated, both when it’s laced up and also in motion out on a run.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners with a neutral gait pattern who appreciate a versatile, lightweight daily trainer with a consistent feel and ride will really enjoy the updated Kinvara 12. Although it’s still versatile enough to run at a wide range of paces, it’s probably less desirably as a race-day shoe than it was in the past.

It just doesn’t have the same speedy vibe that it used to. (But that’s also partially because there are so many other super shoes that are such superlative racers like Saucony’s Endorphin Speed and Endorphin Pro.) 

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PROS: SAUCONY KINVARA 12

The new upper is the best feature of this edition of the Kinvara. It’s soft, light, sleek and secure. Lightweight printed overlays gives just enough structure to the breathable, adaptable mesh upper to feel secure without weighing you down.

With a $110 price tag, the Kinvara 12 is a high-value shoe that offers a great combination of accommodating fit, consistent ride and versatility. Overall, it’s a good, update from the previous edition, a no-nonsense shoe that fits, feels and runs well.

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CONS: SAUCONY KINVARA 12

The only drawback is that the Kinvara has lost its speedy vibe. It used to be an ideal race-day shoe for 5K to half marathons and quick enough to run faster intervals on the track.

It’s still moderately fast, but not nearly as quick and nimble as it once was.

TECH SPECS

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SAUCONY GUIDE 14 REVIEW

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Guide 14 is a modern mid-weight stability trainer for runners who need a touch of medial-side support to help offset mild to moderate over-pronation. It serves up a soft and resilient ride with the athletic vibe of a neutral shoe, but disguised in that smooth, flowy sensation is plenty of subtle support.

If you need stability for your stride — even if only in the latter miles of a long run or race — the revamped Saucony Guide 14 is a great one to consider.  

Saucony Guide 14 Review

WHAT’S NEW

A new PWRRUN+ midsole compound and an updated FORMFit upper design give the Guide 14 a soft feel. The Guide 14 has a lighter weight and a more streamlined look and fit. All of these attributes contribute to smoother, springier transitions from heel-strike to toe-off.

The Saucony Guide 14 is durable and secure enough for high-mileage, but also light and agile enough for tempo and longer intervals.

The Guide 14 derives its stability from a tonal medial TPU guidance frame and 3D-engineered fascia in the upper. Both help deliver 360 degrees of stability while disappearing into the design of the shoe for a clean look and seamless ride. 

FIT, FEEL, RIDE

The Saucony Guide 14 fits true to size. It has a medium-volume interior with a snug heel and saddle and a slightly wider toe box. (It’s available in two widths for men and women.) The step-in feel is cozy with a noticeably springy vibe the moment you lace them up and start running.

You’ll notice the practical support as you roll from heel to toe. However, there’s no stiff or firm feeling like many stability shoes. Instead, it feels like a neutral shoe even though it is subtly keeping your feet upright and tracking .

The new engineered mesh upper is stretchy, breathable and accommodating, but also provides a little bit of support. This support helps keep the foot aligned as you roll to the toe-off phase of a stride. Featherweight TPU overlays provide additional support over the saddle without adding bulk or inhibiting the natural flex of your feet.

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WHO IT’S BEST FOR

Runners who need a bit of support to offset mild to moderate overpronation but also like shoes with soft cushioning and an energetic vibe will like this shoe a lot.

The Guide 14 can be a workhorse daily trainer for runners who log a lot of slow to medium-paced miles, runners who want more cushioning and support and those who are known to pronate consistently or tend to endure form fatigue in final miles of a long run.

The Guide 14 has a moderate heel-toe offset (8mm), allowing it to have both generous heel cushioning and a more engaging feel for the road at the forefoot. No matter what shoes you’ve run in previously, there should be no issues transitioning into this model.

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PROS: SAUCONY GUIDE 14

The streamlined design not only makes the Guide 14 look smooth, but the reduced bulk and more energetic midsole also contributes to a better fit, agile feel and faster ride. It’s lighter, smoother and more nimble, allowing it to be more versatile as an everyday training shoe.

You can definitely feel the extra support in every stride — especially if you’re a severe overpronator. The shoe provides a smooth transition from the heel to midfoot to forefoot without the clunkiness of some stability shoes.

Our wear-testers love this shoe because it has a good blend of performance, durability and style. This is what makes the Guide 14 such a good value. The durable midsole foam and the two types of outsole rubber will help you get maximum mileage out of it.

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CONS: SAUCONY GUIDE 14

There are no real drawbacks of the Guide 14. There are other lighter stability shoes and some that provide more support, but overall this is a great update. The Saucony Guide 14 is a reliable stability trainer without any glaring flaws

TECH SPECS

Saucony Guide 14 Tech Specs

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SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO REVIEW

SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020

THE BUZZ

The Endorphin Pro is Saucony’s long-awaited entry into the world of long-distance racing shoes. The Endorphin Pro features a carbon-fiber plate embedded in a soft, resilient midsole foam.

This new style has been in the works for two years from Saucony. It debuted on the feet of Saucony pros at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in February in Atlanta, including women’s second-place finisher Molly Seidel.

Saucony Endorphin Pro - What's New

WHAT’S NEW: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

The Endorphin Pro is a brand new racemshoe that represents the best of Saucony’s engineering and design efforts. It’s built on Saucony’s SpeedRoll technology, a forward-leaning geometry that propels you forward with the feeling of continuous momentum, so you can run faster and more efficiently without running harder.

The Saucony Endorphin Pro feels light, firm, energetic, efficient and smooth, especially at faster speeds.

Saucony Endorphin Pro - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

The Saucony Endorphin Pro fits snug and lean around your feet from heel to toe with a tiny bit of wiggle room in the toe box. The step-in feeling is soft, but the interior comfort isn’t overwhelmingly cushy and plush. It’s a lightweight shoe that without much structure — there is no heel counter and barely there upper, though the sockliner is highly molded and provides additional support in the heel and arch.

The magic of this shoe becomes apparent once you put it in motion. We found it to be light, lively and surprisingly stable during our initial training runs. It has a decidedly stiff flex demeanor, but it produces a buttery smooth rolling sensation from the moment your foot impacts with the ground to the moment your forefoot lifts off the ground to start a new stride.

For those reasons and more, we consider this race shoe to be one to be among the very best of this new class of carbon-fiber-enhanced racing shoes.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who are training with performance-oriented goals in mind will love the Saucony Endrophin Pro. It’s light, it’s fast and it’s efficient. It makes running fast speeds smoother and easier and can help take you down a path of progression in your fitness and your racing goals.

The secret sauce of the Endorphin Pro is SpeedRoll Technology, the combination of the new ultralight PeBa-based PWRRUN PB foam midsole cushioning and the full-length, S-curve carbon fiber plate embedded in the middle of it. The curvy carbon-fiber plate acts as a lever that propels a runner’s foot forward after impact, but it also reduces energy exerted from the muscles of the forefoot as it lifts off into a new stride and decreases fatigue in the lower calf muscle and Achilles tendon.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

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Pros: Saucony Endorphin Pro

The Endorphin Pro has a moderate 8mm heel-toe offset, which falls into the modern sweet spot of heel and forefoot stack heights. It doesn’t feel as high off the ground or as egregiously bouncy as some of the other shoes in this category.

The lightweight upper of the Endorphin Pro is breathable and accommodating, thanks to the FORMFIT technology that wraps a runner’s foot and ensures a personalized, locked-in fit for optimal performance.

This shoe has been in the works for nearly two years and has helped Saucony elite athletes Jared Ward, Molly Seidel, Parker Stinson and Noah Droddy run fast times, set records and achieve new levels of success.

The Endorphin Pro is a part of a series of shoes that includes the mid-range Endorphin Speed and cushier Endorphin Shift. Each shoe shares some of the same basic design tenets and materials.

Each of those shoes will be released in July 2020.

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Cons: Saucony Endorphin Pro

To keep the shoe extremely light, Saucony used only small sections of durable rubber on the outsole, so there is a lot of exposed foam that is susceptible to wear and tear as the miles add up.

It’s not a huge detractor (as most shoes in this category are built with similar outsole design constructs) but it’s a reminder that this shoe should be reserved for racing and key speed workouts.

TECH SPECS: SAUCONY ENDORPHIN PRO

Saucony Endorphin Pro - Tec Specs

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles. He has wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”

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SAUCONY RIDE 13 REVIEW

 

SAUCONY RIDE 13 – SHOE REVIEW

by BRIAN METZLER | JUNE 2020

THE BUZZ

The Saucony Ride has always been known as a versatile, comfy cruiser and the 13th edition will be a fortunate find for runners who appreciate neutral-oriented everyday trainers that can do a little bit of everything well.

There have been several key updates to the Saucony Ride 13 from last year’s version, the Saucony Ride ISO 2 make this one of the best updates on the market in 2020.

 
Saucony Ride 13 - What's New

WHAT’S NEW: SAUCONY RIDE 13

The Saucony Ride 13 has been overhauled with a new foam package, a new upper and a new look. This year’s edition puts more spring in every step, thanks to a more responsive midsole cushioning package. Saucony’s FORMFIT system cradles a runner’s feet with a near-custom fit that can accommodate a wide range of foot shapes very comfortably. There’s just enough room in the forefoot for the toes to flex and splay to optimize the energy output as the foot pushes off the ground.

Finally, a new, seamless upper on the Ride 13 helps provide a better, more accommodating fit, while an updated outsole adds flexibility and durability.

Saucony Ride 13 - Fit and Feel

FIT-FEEL-RIDE

Saucony ditched its cumbersome ISO Fit closure and replaced it with a more streamlined lacing system and a new engineered mesh upper. This offers a better, more all-encompassing fit for a wider range of foot shapes on the Saucony Ride 13.

The step-in feel of the Ride 13 feels soft and comfortable, with rear-foot security provided by an interior heel counter and a slightly wider toe box for more wiggle room in the forefoot. The new foam midsole package, in concert with the new upper and updated outsole, really puts a fun, fast and fresh sensation in every stride.

The bottom line? The Saucony Ride 13 fits, feels and flows like a dream.

WHO’S IT BEST FOR?

Runners who appreciate neutral training shoes will love the vibe and versatility of the Saucony Ride 13. It’s durable and comfortable enough for long runs, but it’s light and fast enough for speedier sessions like tempo runs, hill repeats and longer intervals.

The Ride 13 could be a race-day shoe for 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons and marathons.

PROS AND CONS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

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Pros: Saucony Ride 13

The PWRRUN EVA midsole compound offers great impact cushioning and durability like a workhorse trainer, but it’s also very energetic and responsive like a lightweight performance trainer.

The new upper has a much cleaner design, not only in appearance but also when it comes to comfort and functionality. It is made from a breathable, engineered mesh with 3D printed overlays that provide for a secure, accommodating fit for a variety of foot shapes.

The outsole of the Ride 13 has been updated to include more blown rubber segments, fewer carbon rubber sections and less exposed foam that combine to add to the cushy, lightweight feel of the shoe while also providing durability.

Saucony Ride 13 - Cons

Cons: Saucony Ride 13

There really aren’t any drawbacks to the Ride 13, but there is noticeably less structure and support from the foam midsole than in earlier editions.

That’s not an issue for a neutral runner with a sturdy gait, but it’s not something that will benefit runners who mildly overpronate.

TECH SPECS: SAUCONY RIDE 13

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: BRIAN METZLER

Brian Metzler has run races at every distance from 50 meters to 100 miles, wear-tested more than 1,500 pairs of shoes, is a three-time Ironman finisher and occasionally participates in the quirky sport of pack burro racing in Colorado.

He’s the founding editor of Trail Runner magazine, is a former senior editor at Running Times and editor in chief at Competitor Magazine. He’s the author of “Kicksology”, “Running Colorado’s Front Range” and the co-author of “Natural Running: The Simple Path to Stronger Healthier Running” and “Run Like a Champion: An Olympian’s Approach for Every Runner.”