Skechers GoMeb Strada 2$129 1 of 4
Seen on the feet of multiple IRONMAN champion Lionel Sanders, the GOmeb Strada 2 is a neutral trainer designed for high-mileage wear. The Resalyte midsole cushioning and M-Strike Technology promotes a natural midfoot strike, and we noticed the shoe begged for a quicker cadence.
Together, the molded heel counter and Tri-Ply mesh upper securely holds the foot in place, with no hotspots or slippage. The Strada 2 has a roomy toebox and the Passive Stability Support Pillars adds just the right amount of support.
Don't let the brand name fool you, the Strada 2 is a performance-oriented shoe that can compete with others at a similar price point.
Note: Size up half a size for a better fit.
Weight: 9.6 oz (Men's Model)
Profile (Heel/Forefoot): 25 mm / 17 mm
Drop: 8 mm
Under Armour Speedform Slingride$100 2 of 4
New for 2016, the Speedform Slingride is a flexible, neutral running shoe designed for short, quick efforts.
The upper is the shoe's biggest draw--the woven Dyneema fabric is surprisingly durable and breathable, and it conforms to the foot for a soft, sock-like feel. Its low profile construction has a stylish and fast look that we're fond of, too.
The sole combines a soft and hard layer of foam to increase both cushion and support, and we found it to be unexpectedly quick and agile. Perfect for sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons, the Speedform Slingride looks great and performs excitingly well.
Weight: 7.45 oz (Women's Model)
Profile (Heel/Forefoot): 22 mm / 14 mm
Drop: 6 mm
On Running Cloudventure$150 3 of 4
Engineered in Switzerland and tested in the Swiss Alps, the On Cloudventure is a lightweight trail shoe with some standout features.
The unconventional shoe features a built-in booty-style "sock" that is surrounded by a layer of engineered protective mesh. While we were able to cinch the upper down appropriately with the progressive closing system, it is obvious that thicker feet are more appropriate for this shoe.
The sole is where the Cloudventure really shines. Made up of 11 pods that compress upon impact, the sole feels surprisingly supple and stable--even during quick lateral movements dodging rocks out on the trail. If you're a triathlete who trains on the trails or indulges in off-road triathlons, this may be your new favorite pair of running shoes.
Weight: 10.1 oz (Men's Model)
Profile (Heel/Forefoot): 20 mm / 14 mm
Drop: 6 mm