VERSATILE FOOTWEAR RUN­NING SHOES

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The per­fect triathlon shoe is just like the ath­letes who wear them – versatile, adapt­able and able to take on a va­ri­ety of dis­tances at a va­ri­ety of speeds. Find­ing a shoe that will get you through your long­est train­ing days, your quick­est in­ter­val work­outs and your tough­est tran­si­tion work­outs and also serve as a great rac­ing shoe isn’t just a dream – just check out our list of light­weight trainer/ racer op­tions be­low.

Skech­ers Gomeb Ra­zor

With a moulded heel counter that en­sures a snug, com­fort­able fit, the Gomeb Ra­zor is a light­weight speed­ster that you can’t help but feel fast wear­ing. The mid-foot strike zone helps you get on your toes and roll into your next stride, while light­weight cush­ion­ing will get you through vir­tu­ally any dis­tance event. The air mesh tongue, seam­less fit and in­te­grated in­ner sup­port strap make this an easy shoe to wear bare­foot dur­ing races if you pre­fer that.

Zoot Solana 2

Zoot’s ori­gins are Hawaii’s Big Is­land, so it comes as no sur­prise that their prod­ucts are favourites for multi- sport ath­letes. The new Solana 2 is a light­weight, re­spon­sive neu­tral trainer that will suit triath­letes look­ing for a sup­port­ive, quick shoe for any race dis­tance. The Bar­e­fit seam­less sys­tem makes this a great op­tion for no-sock rac­ing, while the breath­able mesh up­per keeps things cool for hot races, like, say, Kona.

$165 $120

Asics Gel Nim­bus 19

If you’re like us and think Asics’ Noosa is an awe­some triathlon shoe, but want that same feel with a touch more cush­ion­ing and sup­port, the Gel Nim­bus 19 might be what you’re af­ter. With rear- and fore­foot gel cush­ion­ing sys­tems and a spe­cially- de­signed mid­sole that pro­vides lots of bounce back and cush­ion­ing prop­er­ties, you get lots of sup­port in a plush, light­weight ride. We es­pe­cially like that Asics uses a lower- den­sity top layer in the mid­sole for the women’s mod­els to en­sure they get the ben­e­fits of the mid­sole com­pres­sion. Add in the seam­less con­struc­tion and you have a shoe that you can train and race in with ease.

New Bal­ance Sau­cony Vazee Prism v2

You get light­weight sta­bil­ity in a shoe that feels fast thanks to the Revlite mid­sole that pro­vides a quick, re­spon­sive feel. The co-moulded me­dial post and mid­foot wrap en­sure you get lots of sup­port and some prona­tion pro­tec­tion. The no-sew ma­te­rial in the mesh up­per makes it both cool and com­fort­able for hot days. The 8-mm drop makes it easy to roll onto your toes for fast ef­forts, too, so you’ll be happy to use this for ev­ery­thing from longer runs to quick tran­si­tion work­outs to races.

Tri­umph ISO 3

This neu­tral trainer has lots of cush­ion­ing thanks to the Everun land­ing zone and con­tin­u­ous cush­ion­ing so you don’t only get the shock ab­sorp­tion at the heel, but all the way through your foot plant. The mesh up­per pro­vides a com­fort­able, breath­able fit. The flex­i­ble sole makes it easy to toe off dur­ing those faster train­ing or race ef­forts, too.— KM

$200 $ 129 $ 190

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