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UN­DER AR­MOUR CHARGED BAN­DIT 4

With the UA Ban­dit 4, you’re get­ting a slightly more light­weight al­ter­na­tive than the HOVR Sonic, at a de­cent price point in the mar­ket.

The mid­sole pro­vides solid en­ergy re­turn, via its dense foam cush­ion­ing sys­tem, while the shoe’s solid heel counter com­pen­sates for a thin­ner rub­ber out­sole and pro­vides de­cent sta­bil­ity. The Ban­dit 4’s mesh up­per breathes well, and like the UA HOVR Sonic, feels snug but not un­com­fort­ably so. We also like the shoe’s 360-de­gree re­flec­tive ma­te­rial when run­ning at night or in low light.

All in all, an well-rounded shoe that has you cov­ered for short and long runs at a great price.

SAU­CONY FREE­DOM ISO 2

Sev­eral new fea­tures show Sau­cony is still able to im­prove upon this al­ready highly-ac­claimed neu­tral trainer. The full-length EVERUN mid­sole pro­vides the shoe's gen­er­ous cush­ion­ing and re­spon­sive­ness. The TRI-FLEX out­sole makes it a dura­bile ride over the long haul of your train­ing. Sau­cony's also up­graded The Free­dom ISO 2 for greater com­fort, breatha­bil­ity and close-to cus­tom fit­ting feel in the ISOKNIT up­per. Bonus: it’s a sleek look­ing shoe. If you're a neu­tral fit and will­ing to spend at a slightly higher price point on your next shoe, the Free­dom ISO 2 won't dis­ap­point.

UN­DER AR­MOUR HOVR SONIC

Un­der Ar­mour’s HOVR Sonic suits run­ners with neu­tral prona­tion, look­ing for an stylishly un­der­stated and com­fort­able shoe that pro­vides spring in your step over both short and long runs.

We found the mid­sole foam com­pound cush­ions the foot well upon foot strike and, com­bined with the flat-knit En­ergy Web fab­ric wrap­ping the core, leads to no­tice­able en­ergy re­turn com­ing out of your stride. The HOVR Sonic’s soft knit, uni­form-col­ored up­per looks great and pro­vides a snug fit in the up­per and toe box. At 272 grams (men’s), it’s also a rea­son­ably light­weight shoe.

It also comes with a well-ven­ti­lated mid­foot panel, for breatha­bil­ity on long, muggy runs.

SAU­CONY RIDE ISO

The Ride ISO’s great for log­ging a ton of mileage, and ver­sa­tile enough for a va­ri­ety of train­ing runs both short and long. The ISO’s also a com­fort­able shoe to run in for neu­tral prona­tors, stem­ming from Sau­cony’s PWRFOAM and EVERUN cush­ion­ing in the mid and top­sole that’s built to last, as one of our testers con­cluded, af­ter run­ning in them for over 200 kilo­me­tres.

Over­all, a durable, com­fort­able ride at a fairly rea­son­able price point for all the tech you’ll find in the RIDE ISO.

NIKE ZOOM PE­GA­SUS 35

Af­ter 35 it­er­a­tions, Nike’s had plenty of time to in­no­vate this pop­u­lar run­ning shoe. The 35th edi­tion looks great once again and in­cludes de­sign in­put from cham­pion Bri­tish dis­tance run­ner Mo Farah, in­clud­ing the col­lar, that points up and away from the shoe’s other­wise lat­eral lines.

Dur­ing test­ing, we found the Pe­ga­sus 35’s beveled heel aided in touch­down and the new full-length air bag pro­vided am­ple cush­ion­ing and a cus­tom-fit feel af­ter a few test runs. The zigzag stitch­ing in the shoe’s mesh also felt breath­able and sturdy enough to with­stand heavy weekly mileage. It’s also a shoe that’s ver­sa­tile enough for your sprint, tempo and long train­ing runs.

Men’s: 255 g (9 oz.) Women’s: 204 g (7.2 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $100

Men’s: 275 g (9.7 oz.) Women’s: 241 g (8.5 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $160

Men’s: 272 g (9.6 oz.) Women’s: 255 g (8 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $120

Men’s: 286 g (10 oz.) Women’s: 255 g (9 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 10 mm $155

Men’s: 275 g (9.7 oz.) Women’s: 241 g (8.5 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 8 mm $160

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