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fall 2010 shoe guide

MIZUNO WAVE PRECISION 11 » Neutral Lightweight Trainer » Weight: Men’s 9.9 oz. / Women’s 8.5 oz » » Price: $139.99

A classic lightweight trainer, the Mizuno Wave Precision 11 is a great running shoe if you’re light on your feet or if you’re looking to do some speed training. With an air mesh upper, we found the shoe to be extremely breathable while training in warm weather. A particularly nice feature is the X10™ rubber used on the heel of the shoe. The most durable carbon rubber on the market, X10™ allows the shoe to keep better traction for longer. Our testers were concerned about heel height. The heel of the Precision 11 extends too far down, and testers reported an awkward heel strike in the first few rounds of testing. We hope this issue is fixed, but we recommend taking the shoes for a test drive at your local running store. That problem aside, we think the Mizuno Wave Precision 11 is definitely worth a look.

NEW BALANCE 1226 » Stability » Weight: Men’s 12.7 oz. / Women’s 10.4 oz. » » Price: $179.99

The New Balance 1226 is an upgraded model from last year’s 1225. The new model improves on the already superior suport, and features greater heel impact absorption and cushion for longer distance runs. Our testers confirmed the great balance of cushioning and support. To allow for added cushioning outside of gel and EVA, New Balance uses an Ortholite® insert — a sponge-like footbed insert that provides a little more cushion than the standard foam footbed. Like its predecessor, the 1226 utilizes N-ERGY material in the heel and forefoot. This is a translucent rubber material that gives tthe 1226 an exceptional ride with amazing cushioning and energy return. So, if you’re in the market for a new pair of stability kicks, be sure to check out the New Balance 1226.

REEBOK AZTREC 2 » Neutral » Weight: Men’s 11.0 oz. / Women’s 9.2 oz. » » Price: $99.99

When evaluating an entry-level, low-price-point shoe, we expect to get what we pay for. However, Reebok exceeded the mark this time around. The Aztrec 2 is a lightweight, well-balanced trainer that goes the distance. We do admit that for an initial break-in period, our testers thought the shoe was slightly inflexible in the forefoot. But after one week, we admired how smooth the Aztrec gripped varying surfaces. Thanks to Reebok’s DMPRtek (a formula for rubber outsoles), it easily transitioned between pavement, gravel and grass. Especially nice was the “Playdry” technology that wicks away moisture. From cross training to tempo workouts, we felt cool and dry as promised. If you’re looking for an all-around trainer at an affordable price, the Aztrec 2 certainly delivers.

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NIKE LUNARGLIDE+2 » Stability » Weight: Men’s 11.0 oz. / Women’s 9.0 oz. » » Price: $149.95

Continuing with the production of its minimum-stitch running shoes, Nike introduces the LunarGlide+2. By using an environmentally friendly adhesive, Nike is able to minimize weak points in the shoes while keeping a firm, sturdy structure to the shoe. The LunarGlide+2 constantly adjusts to your stride – whether you’re looking for a longer, more supportive ride or a more springy response for faster, tempo training runs. To assist in the structure and breathability of this shoe, Nike used strong fly-wire panel along the sides of the upper. For a support shoe, our testers found the EVA midsole firmness to be just right. It kept them from over-pronating without feeling overly obtrusive. However, testers that needed mild support found the shoe a little stiff. If you liked the first version of the LunarGlide, we found the LunarGlide+2 to be very similar.

get out there / september + october 2010 / 31

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