Carlos Sánchez

Carlos Sánchez
Each week, Carlos conquers over 100K, navigating through the beaches and trails of Málaga. He’s not just passionate about running—he’s obsessed with the technology behind it, burning through 50 pairs of shoes annually, constantly exploring the latest advancements in modern materials. Recently, he conquered the Six Marathon Majors and recorded sub-3-hour finishes in each of his last 5 marathons.

Guides

Why cutting running shoes in half is key to measuring midsole softness
Why cutting running shoes in half is key to measuring midsole softness

Disclaimer: For ease of understanding in the context of reviewing running shoes, we use the term "softness" instead of "hardness." In the RunRepeat lab, we ensure precise midsole softness measurements[…]

The role of heel counters in running shoes
The role of heel counters in running shoes

The heel counter in running shoes is a semi-rigid, U-shaped piece, that snugly wraps around the heel. It stretches over the shoe's upper heel portion and typically includes two sidewall parts that ext[…]

A runner's guide to choosing the right toebox
A runner's guide to choosing the right toebox

While the toebox might not be the most prominently featured aspect in the marketing of running shoes, it plays an essential role in determining the quality and comfort of your run. It's not just a mat[…]

The definitive guide to running shoe breathability
The definitive guide to running shoe breathability

Breathability in running shoes it's a crucial feature that's often overlooked by both consumers and critics alike. At RunRepeat, we're convinced of the essential role of airflow—a view that is s[…]

All you need to know about rockered running shoes
All you need to know about rockered running shoes

Only a short while ago, running shoes had a simple design: mostly flat with a modest upward tilt at the toe. But then brands like MBT and Hoka, among others, revolutionized the scene with their unique[…]

How brands' heel-to-toe drop measurements differ from reality in running shoes
How brands' heel-to-toe drop measurements differ from reality in running shoes

Ever laced up a fresh pair of running shoes, taken your first strides, and felt that the promised heel-to-toe drop simply doesn't match reality? If you've ever found yourself in this situation, you're[…]

Understanding the differences in men's and women's running shoes
Understanding the differences in men's and women's running shoes

Men's and women's shoes have different features. Though each aims to offer foot comfort and protection during runs, significant design and fit adaptations have been made over time to cater to the anat[…]

In-depth insights into running shoe outsoles (road & trail)
In-depth insights into running shoe outsoles (road & trail)

The outsole, a vital part of any running shoe, forms your crucial link with the ground during your run. Not only does it help prevent slips and falls, but it also ensures a firm grip, offering the tra[…]

The ultimate guide to running shoe foams
The ultimate guide to running shoe foams

Running shoe companies aren't as transparent as we'd love, making it difficult for both casual and advanced runners to gather detailed information about specific running shoe foams. Recognizing this c[…]

How much does the weight vary across different running shoe sizes?
How much does the weight vary across different running shoe sizes?

This guide would not have been possible without the help Running Warehouse Europe (and US). While we have hundreds of shoes in our lab at RunRepeat, obtaining the complete set of numbers for each shoe[…]

Running shoe upper: how to choose the best one for your needs
Running shoe upper: how to choose the best one for your needs

A running shoe upper is the part of the shoe that covers your foot and it’s sewed or glued to the midsole. It typically includes materials like knit, mesh, fabrics or plastic, and also has featu[…]

Effects of temperature on running shoes
Effects of temperature on running shoes

Cold temperatures, especially the ones below freezing, harden up the foam, and demand more “work” from the shoe on every stride. Thus, softness and durability are compromised. We have test[…]

Lab tests and in-depth reviews

ASICS Superblast 2
81
Good!

If budget isn't a barrier, we're confident in declaring the ASICS Superblast 2 the ultimate training shoe, and we think it even doubles as an exceptional racer for most. With a world-class midsole, a[…]

Asics Gel Pulse 15
73
Bad!

The ASICS Gel Pulse 15 is a standout update, shedding two ounces and featuring an upgraded FlyteFoam midsole, a higher stack height, and remarkable stability—all at a surprisingly affordable pri[…]

ASICS Gel Trabuco 12
83
Good!

Despite the ASICS Gel Trabuco 12 being on the heavier side and somewhat lacking in energy return, it's hard to overlook its solid performance across other areas. We found it to be highly stable and ex[…]

ASICS GT 1000 13
71
Bad!

We found that the ASICS GT 1000 13 excels in a fiercely competitive value-oriented market, despite a minor price hike to $110. Sure, we weren't thrilled with the $10 increase, yet the improvements&mda[…]

ASICS Gel Kayano 31
94
Superb!

The Gel Kayano has been around us since 1993 and is more alive than ever. After surviving a risky update last year, we found that ASICS has built on its solid foundations by adding subtle improvements[…]

Adidas Adizero Prime X 2 Strung
90
Superb!

The Prime X 2 Strung is the pinnacle of Adidas's technological innovation, setting a new standard in engineering for running shoes. In our lab examination, we discovered that this shoe integrates a co[…]

Saucony Triumph 22
90
Superb!

The Triumph 22 receives arguably its most significant upgrade in a decade with the introduction of the long-awaited PWRRUN PB midsole, which delivers incredible energy return. We were also thrilled to[…]

On Cloudsurfer Trail
87
Great!

We believe the Cloudsurfer Trail from On significantly elevates its road version to become an exceptional all-terrain shoe—perfect for travel and versatile enough for varied adventures. It maint[…]

Nike Pegasus Trail 5
92
Superb!

Nike has completely revamped the Pegasus Trail 5. We discovered that it now features a superior ReactX midsole, a roomier upper, and higher-quality materials—all for the same price. Durability i[…]

Hoka Speedgoat 6
79
Decent!

The Speedgoat 6 aims to replicate and refine the massive success of its predecessor—and we think it stands a fair chance of doing that. We were pleased to find that it retains the versatility, g[…]

Nike Zegama 2
90
Superb!

The Nike Zegama 2 is a highly anticipated update that we feel completely outshines the original model. It finally features a Vibram Megagrip outsole, enhanced with more ZoomX plush foam, and an upgrad[…]

On Cloudrunner 2
88
Great!

The Cloudrunner 2 from On marks a positive upgrade over its predecessor. We found in the lab that this mild stability shoe retains the exceptional build quality, breathability, and versatility of the[…]

Nike Winflo 11
92
Superb!

In our view, the Nike Winflo 11 remains a fantastic value-oriented running shoe. We were delighted to discover that it's now more spacious and cushioned, and now it boasts an upgraded engineered mesh[…]

Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 10
91
Superb!

The Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 10 stands out as a lightweight, responsive racer—perfect for 5K and 10K distances and exceptional for speed workouts. We were impressed by the Continental outsole a[…]

Nike Pegasus 41
91
Superb!

Nike's updates can be unpredictable, but we can confidently say that the Pegasus 41 is a standout. We were particularly impressed by its features for heel strikers, enhanced by the new plush foam and[…]

Nike Rival Sprint
88
Great!

The Nike Rival Sprint stands out as a top choice for sprint spikes, excelling in breathability, durability, and price. We really liked how it serves both amateurs and newcomers to the track, making it[…]

Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2
91
Great!

We think the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite 2 is a top choice for advanced track sprinters looking for a high-quality spike that ensures direct contact with the track, as it offers minimal cushioning. We re[…]

La Sportiva Prodigio
83
Good!

The Prodigio fills a notable gap in La Sportiva's lineup with its plush midsole, ideal for long distances. We really liked the comfortable ride and versatility the shoe offered during our runs. Howeve[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X Vongo v6
90
Superb!

The New Balance Fresh Foam X Vongo v6 emerges as an interesting choice in the evolving landscape of mild-stability shoes—packed with modern features like a EVA plate and unobtrusive support that[…]

On Cloudspark
87
Great!

The On Cloudspark is uniquely crafted with women in mind from the start, though it’s also a solid choice for men. In our tests, we really liked its premium-quality, roomy upper and the stability[…]

Altra Escalante Racer 2
86
Good!

The Altra Escalante Racer 2 marks a notable upgrade that enhances cushioning, outsole durability, and materials from its predecessor—though it comes with a slight increase in weight. In our test[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro v8
77
Bad!

We really liked the New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro v8 for its versatility on the trails—it's great for many different outdoor activities. Though it has a few drawbacks like a disappointing tong[…]

Altra Escalante 4
88
Great!

The Escalante 4 marks a long-awaited return to the series' origins. In our testing, we discovered that Altra has masterfully balanced a spacious zero-drop shoe with a close-to-the-ground running exper[…]

On Cloudmonster Hyper
83
Good!

The On Cloudmonster Hyper is a wonderful blend of the racer Cloudboom Echo 3 and the daily trainer Cloudmonster 2. We found that it boasts the responsive Helion HF foam and the weight savings of the f[…]

Nike ZoomX Dragonfly
96
Superb!

The Nike Dragonfly has solidified its reputation as a premier spike in the Olympics, capturing multiple gold medals, and has similarly proven its exceptional quality in our lab tests. For $150, we fou[…]

Nike Ja Fly 4
82
Good!

We found the Ja Fly 4 from Nike to be an excellent spike for budget-conscious sprinters, offering strong performance alongside some premium features. In our lab tests, we noted that its upper is quite[…]

Brooks Addiction GTS 15
79
Decent!

The Addiction 15 excels as a niche shoe, masterfully prioritizing stability and durability—qualities crucial for severe pronators. We found that Brooks maximized these features, albeit at the ex[…]

Brooks Catamount 3
90
Superb!

The Brooks Catamount 3 brilliantly addresses some minor issues of its predecessor, blending comfort, stability, and lightness in a versatile trail shoe. We were thrilled by the improved upper—it[…]

Brooks Aurora-BL
90
Superb!

If you're on the hunt for a shoe with a futuristic design and NASA-like vibes, look no further than the Aurora-BL. This head-turning daily trainer offers a plush and comfortable ride in a surprisingly[…]

Brooks Caldera 7
87
Great!

The Brooks Caldera is back and better, keeping its star features—tons of cushioning, a ventilated upper, and a stable ride—perfect for easy trails. We were impressed again by its plush and[…]

Adidas Duramo Speed
87
Great!

Crafting a budget-friendly shoe that excels in multiple areas is challenging, yet we think Adidas has done a remarkable job with the Duramo Speed. It offers a lightweight ride with superb breathabilit[…]

Brooks Glycerin StealthFit 21
80
Good!

During our lab evaluation, the StealthFit edition emerged as a remarkable variant of the regular Glycerin 21, showcasing a significant weight reduction and a snug, sock-like upper. Although it comprom[…]

Brooks Trace 3
82
Good!

In our lab tests, we discovered that the Brooks Trace 3 carries forward the excellent value-oriented design of its predecessor and enhances it with superior foam, all while maintaining the same $100 r[…]

Brooks Hyperion Elite 4
88
Great!

We found that Brooks' latest effort to deliver a competitive supershoe almost reaches the top tier, yet it still trails behind the best. In our lab tests, we observed impressive upgrades in the knit u[…]

Brooks Glycerin GTS 21
86
Good!

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 21 is a robust and well-constructed daily trainer, ideal for those requiring moderate stability. It's extremely cushioned, comfortable, and supportive, with an outsole that las[…]

Brooks Glycerin 21
88
Great!

The Glycerin has been a mainstay in Brooks' lineup for over two decades for good reasons. In our tests, we found that the 21st version stands out as the best yet—boasting enhanced cushioning, a[…]

Adidas Solarboost 5
86
Good!

The Adidas Solarboost 5 marks a notable shift, replacing Boost foam with new Light Boost. While maintaining moderate cushioning and a firm feel underfoot—diverging from plush, maximalist trends&[…]

Inov8 Trailfly
89
Great!

The Inov8 Trailfly stands out in numerous ways. We found it to deliver a flexible running experience on trails, suitable not only for running but also for hiking. We were thrilled by its spacious uppe[…]

Altra Mont Blanc Carbon
88
Great!

We found the Altra Mont Blanc Carbon to be a fantastic carbon-plated racing shoe for trails, distinct from its competitors. It boasts a zero-drop midsole, a flat-and-flexible carbon plate, and ample r[…]

Salomon Aero Glide
89
Great!

We found the Salomon Aero Glide to be an impressive neutral daily trainer—ideal for heel strikers with its high drop and notable heel cushioning. In our lab tests, we really liked its massive ru[…]

Hoka Mafate Three2
87
Great!

The Hoka Mafate Three2 is a rare blend of two shoes—the Mafate 2 and 3, combining its midsole and upper. We found that this unique mix offers a maximalist, cushioned experience suitable for occa[…]

Asics Gel Cumulus 26
86
Good!

We think the ASICS Cumulus 26 is a solid, versatile daily trainer that provides good cushioning and handles multiple paces and distances well. However, fans of previous models might be disappointed wi[…]

Hoka Mach 6
86
Good!

The Hoka Mach 6 marks a stellar leap from v5, ticking off all our boxes for improvement. We were delighted to find it not just light and grippy, but also versatile and comfortable—though it stil[…]

Altra Escalante Racer
90
Superb!

We think the Altra Escalante Racer is a top choice for zero-drop aficionados who favor old-school, non-plated racing flats. It boasts minimal cushioning and offers an incredibly flexible ride—al[…]

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v4
88
Great!

The New Balance FuelCell Rebel v4 is a bold refresh, crafted to preserve its famously fun ride with a sleek, low-stack midsole, while boosting both fit and stability. In our runs, we were also excited[…]

Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite 2
81
Good!

The Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite 2 takes a daring approach with unique features like a decoupled heel and extended carbon-fiber plate, creating an unusual ride that may not suit everyone. We found in the l[…]

Hoka Kawana 2
84
Good!

We think the Hoka Kawana 2 is a strong sequel to Hoka's versatile shoe, ideal for walking, running, and gym workouts. It offers ample cushioning with a plush, durable upper, though we still found it a[…]

Merrell Fly Strike
76
Bad!

The Merrell Fly Strike is an affordable trail shoe that shines for walking and hiking. However, in our lab tests, it fell short for running. We found that its bizarre 17-mm drop is a mismatch for many[…]

Salomon Genesis
94
Superb!

The Salomon Genesis truly stands out as a versatile trail workhorse in our lab, effortlessly managing everything from easy runs to ultra marathons. We found its MATRYX upper sets a high standard in bo[…]

Altra Timp 5
82
Good!

The Altra Timp 5 marks a significant leap forward, debuting a Vibram Megagrip outsole and achieving an impressive weight reduction from v4. At its heart, it maintains the zero-drop philosophy, and it'[…]

Altra VIA Olympus 2
84
Good!

The VIA Olympus 2 marks a notable leap forward from Altra, enhancing cushioning and durability while maintaining the beloved features of its predecessor—spacious fit, slightly rockered geometry,[…]

Nike Juniper Trail 2 GTX
76
Bad!

We found the Nike Juniper Trail 2 GTX to excel as a versatile, door-to-trail waterproof option—perfect for both newcomers and seasoned trail enthusiasts. Despite its firm midsole, this model sti[…]

Saucony Peregrine 14
85
Good!

The Saucony Peregrine 14 refines its winning formula with a few precise tweaks. We found that it remains an excellent pick for value, comfort and versatility. We were also pleased to see it address ma[…]

ASICS Trabuco Max 3
87
Great!

Our experience with the ASICS Trabuco Max 3 reveals a careful update, preserving its plush midsole, high stack height, reliable grip, and wide upper. However, it's worth mentioning that the shoe now o[…]

Saucony Guide 17
90
Superb!

The Guide 17 is a significant evolution from its predecessors. We put it to the test and were impressed by Saucony's departure from traditional stability features, offering a rockered ride. And despit[…]

Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro 2
91
Superb!

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro 2, both in looks and entertainment, is a unique shoe in the market, and it boasts wonderful enhancements from the previous model. Although it didn't completely live up to[…]

Puma Velocity Nitro 3
88
Great!

The Puma Velocity Nitro 3, building on its predecessors' success, truly impressed us in our lab tests with its natural feel and exceptional PumaGrip outsole. Featuring a durable upper alongside the fa[…]

Adidas Supernova Rise
89
Great!

The Adidas Supernova Rise marks an exciting evolution in their daily trainer lineup, maintaining the series' core characteristics while introducing some notable enhancements. In our experience, it shi[…]

Hoka Cielo X1
89
Great!

The Cielo X1 is Hoka's second supershoe, now masterfully merging their iconic rockered geometry and plush cushioning with advanced features like PEBA foam and a carbon plate. Our lab evaluations revea[…]

On Cloudmonster 2
89
Great!

We discovered that the On Cloudmonster 2 isn't just a head-turner with its unique design—it's a top-notch training ally as well. Despite its premium price tag, we found that the investment is we[…]

Hoka Arahi 7
84
Good!

The Hoka Arahi 7, with its mild stability, really shines for those who favor a snug upper alongside a firm midsole. Despite its incredibly comfy knit upper and solid stability, it's not a shoe for eve[…]

New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3
86
Good!

The New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v3 left us wanting more in terms of performance—its midsole wasn't as springy as we'd hoped, especially when stacked against the latest supershoes. Howev[…]

New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite v4
90
Superb!

New Balance has finally entered the competitive supershoe landscape with their FuelCell SuperComp Elite v4, which boasts a brand-new Pebax midsole alongside a full-length carbon plate. This setup offe[…]

Saucony Endorphin Pro 4
91
Superb!

In racing, the Saucony Endorphin Pro 4 performs admirably, but its real highlight is the extraordinary comfort it provides as a supershoe. It shifts focus from pure performance to a more relaxed, spac[…]

Saucony Endorphin Speed 4
83
Good!

By enhancing the predecessor's weaker aspects while preserving the model's essence, Saucony has hit the mark again with the Endorphin Speed 4. In our tests, we found this supertrainer to still be a li[…]

La Sportiva Mutant
88
Great!

The La Sportiva Mutant stands out as a fierce trail running shoe, built for stability on technical terrain. In our tests, we found it excels in the wildest runs. However, its performance dips on easie[…]

Nike Zoom Victory Waffle 5
68
Superb!

In our evaluations, the Nike Zoom Victory Waffle 5 emerged as an exceptional choice for cross-country enthusiasts, offering a blend of lightweight agility and comfort, with the added benefit of water[…]

Saucony Ride 17
89
Great!

The Saucony Ride 17 is more than just a minor update—it's a significant overhaul, especially with the all-new midsole that enhances energy return and responsiveness. In our lab tests, we were im[…]

ASICS Gel Nimbus 26
91
Superb!

The ASICS Nimbus 26 is a testament to the Japanese kaizen philosophy, building on the solid foundation of its predecessor to enhance almost every aspect that needed improvement. In our lab tests, we w[…]

Adidas Sprintstar
87
Good!

The budget-friendly Adidas Sprintstar really shines in some key areas. Our lab testing revealed impressive durability, an exceptionally plush upper, and unbeatable value at just $65. However, this com[…]

Adidas Prime SP2
89
Great!

The Adidas Prime SP2 is a phenomenal track spike ready to dominate sprints from 60m to 400m, hurdles included. In our lab tests, we discovered its winning combination of energetic bounce, impressive d[…]

Nike Air Zoom Maxfly
77
Good!

The Nike Air Zoom Maxfly is a top-of-the-line sprint spike built for elite performance in the 60m to 400m range. With the Zoom Air unit and carbon plate, we experienced explosive energy return and pro[…]

New Balance DynaSoft Nitrel v5
78
Decent!

The New Balance DynaSoft Nitrel v5 delivers budget-friendly versatility for both roads and easy trails. While its upper durability leaves something to be desired, we think it's a surprisingly strong p[…]

Nike Flex Experience Run 12
70
Bad!

The Nike Flex Experience Run 12 remains a top pick for anyone seeking a natural, minimalist feel without going full zero-drop. We loved the flexibility for both walking and running, and how it effortl[…]

Brooks Divide 3
89
Great!

The Brooks Divide 3 stands out as one of our top picks for door-to-trail shoes. With its complete makeover and budget-friendly price, we found it capable of tackling almost any situation—trails[…]

Merrell Agility Peak 4
84
Good!

We discovered that the Merrell Agility Peak 4 delivers a mixed bag of features, with notable strengths countered by significant drawbacks. We appreciated its stability and traction in challenging cond[…]

Nike Revolution 7
80
Good!

The Nike Revolution 7 is a budget-friendly shoe catered for newcomers to running and those looking to maximize value. We found it to be a jack-of-all-trades, capable of handling a variety of activitie[…]

Nike Vomero 17
88
Great!

The Vomero 17 marks a significant upgrade, shedding the Air unit for added ZoomX cushioning and slashing weight, firmly establishing itself as a premium Pegasus in Nike's lineup. We found it to be a s[…]

Nike Alphafly 3
85
Good!

In our view, the Alphafly 3 elevates the concept of a marathon supershoe, blending the best elements of previous models with groundbreaking enhancements. In our lab, we discovered that the synergy of[…]

Saucony Xodus Ultra 2
86
Good!

The Xodus Ultra 2 caught our attention in the lab as a versatile trail runner, perfect for those seeking a reliable all-rounder. On our runs, we were impressed by its responsive PWRRUN PB midsole and[…]

ASICS Trabuco Max 2
92
Superb!

In response to the demand for beefier trail shoes, ASICS presents the Trabuco Max 2, and we're really impressed. Floating on a big chunk of FF Blast+ foam, this shoe promises supreme comfort without s[…]

Altra Superior 6
79
Decent!

The Superior 6 from Altra belongs to their line of zero-drop, low-stack trail shoes. We were excited to see it maintain its commitment to a grounded feel, offering stability and agility on various sur[…]

Mizuno Wave Sky 7
88
Great!

The Mizuno Wave Sky 7 marks a significant leap in its series, emerging as the best update yet. In our extensive lab testing, we found it's now a super-cushioned neutral shoe that delivers a stable rid[…]

Adidas Supernova 3
81
Good!

The Adidas Supernova 3 is a value-oriented daily trainer that nails quite a few things. We found in the lab that it's a stable choice, clearly designed for heel strikers, coupled with a well-ventilate[…]

Altra Provision 7
83
Good!

The Altra Provision 7 steps up the game with a lighter, more stable build than its predecessors. We think it's a perfect fit for those who love low-drop, mid-stability trainers, though you should be c[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v13
87
Great!

In our lab tests, the New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 v13 emerged as the top contender for those who prioritize supreme softness in a daily trainer. It's not only the most cushioned 1080 yet, but also o[…]

PUMA Magnify Nitro 2
86
Good!

The Puma Magnify Nitro 2 steps up as a formidable shoe, boasting an energetic ride at a reasonable price. Based on our lab tests, its knit upper might not be the best pick for hot weather runs, and it[…]

Saucony Axon 3
86
Good!

In our view, the Saucony Axon 3 truly defines "value" in the running shoe world. Priced at just $100, this latest iteration significantly improves upon the Axon 2 with better cushioning, reduced weigh[…]

Saucony Sinister
86
Good!

The Saucony Sinister is a bold, ultra-lightweight racer that brings back old-school racing flat vibes, yet surprises with super-shoe-like energy return thanks to its PWRRUN PB foam. We really apprecia[…]

ASICS GT 2000 12
90
Superb!

ASICS continues to refine the GT 2000 series, and the 12th edition stands out as one of the best updates ever to its stability daily trainer. We found in the lab that it really builds on the strengths[…]

Brooks Ghost Max
90
Superb!

The Brooks Ghost Max is like the regular Ghost but on steroids, offering a skyscraper-high midsole combined with a stable ride, especially for heel strikers. In our tests, we were impressed with its p[…]

Reebok Zig Dynamica 4
80
Good!

The Reebok Zig Dynamica 4 is a daily trainer with a unique design and an attractive price tag. It's equipped with firm foam, which might not suit every runner's taste, but we were impressed by its sur[…]

Allbirds Tree Dasher 2
89
Great!

The Allbirds Tree Dasher 2.0 seamlessly blends lifestyle appeal with sports functionality, emerging as a standout carbon-neutral choice. In our lab testing, we found it to be the perfect daily trainer[…]

On Cloudultra 2
91
Superb!

The On Cloudultra 2 is the Swiss brand's second attempt at crafting a shoe that can devour miles on the trails. We were impressed by its build quality, the incredibly breathable upper, and the comfort[…]

Brooks Caldera 6
88
Great!

The Caldera 6 from Brooks stands out as a heavyweight champion in the trail running shoe category, embodying both comfort and protection. Ideal for long trail runs and equally impressive for road-to-t[…]

Salomon Pulsar Trail
84
Good!

The Pulsar Trail from Salomon represents an exceptional approach to an affordable, do-it-all trail running shoe. In our tests, we found it great at handling a variety of paces and distances, offering[…]

Merrell Agility Peak 5
88
Great!

The Agility Peak 5 from Merrell builds on its predecessor's success, offering key updates. We found the latest version lighter and more stable, especially with its improved Vibram Megagrip outsole and[…]

Hoka Challenger 7 GTX
79
Decent!

The Hoka Challenger 7, already a fantastic all-terrain shoe, gets a solid Gore-Tex version, making it a go-to for wet conditions while keeping your feet dry. The trade-off? An additional $15 and 1.1 o[…]

Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GTX
84
Good!

The Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GTX isn't just a waterproof twist on the regular Pegasus Trail. By incorporating a revamped outsole and a highly protective new upper, it has morphed into a superior shoe over[…]

Hoka Clifton 9 GTX
86
Good!

In our view, Hoka has really nailed it with the Clifton 9 GTX, expertly waterproofing it while retaining the beloved features of the original version. It's still a lightweight daily trainer offering t[…]

Asics Magic Speed 3
90
Superb!

Our experience with ASICS' Magic Speed 3 was exceptionally favorable. This shoe expertly combines the FF Blast+ foam from the Novablast 4 with design elements and geometry inspired by the Metaspeed Ed[…]

Brooks Hyperion Tempo
89
Great!

The Brooks Hyperion Tempo stands out as a low-stacked gem in a world dominated by maximalist running shoes. In our tests, it delivered a blend of old-school, racing-flat vibes in a sleek, modern packa[…]

On Cloudeclipse
93
Superb!

We think the On Cloudeclipse is a commendable response from On to the fierce competition in the maximalist daily trainer segment. We were really impressed with its high-quality build, unique ride, and[…]

ASICS Novablast 4
90
Superb!

This is the eagerly awaited sequel to one of 2023's best-selling, top-rated neutral daily trainers. That's why we were expecting just a minor upgrade, but ASICS surprised us with significant changes.[…]

Merrell Vapor Glove 6
86
Good!

The sixth edition of Merrell's Vapor Glove returns, now offering enhanced comfort to complement the barefoot experience. Although originally designed for easy trails, we were thrilled to find this min[…]

Merrell Trail Glove 7
80
Good!

Crafting a minimalist, zero-drop running shoe that thrives on trails is no small feat, and Merrell continues to excel with its Trail Glove series. In its seventh version, we tested a true zero-drop tr[…]

Salomon Thundercross
93
Superb!

The Salomon Thundercross bursts onto the trail running scene as a versatile shoe, capable of handling a diverse range of terrains and paces, all at a reasonable $140. We found its traction on challeng[…]

Brooks Catamount 2
88
Great!

In our experience, the Brooks Catamount 2 is a great trail running shoe, but it comes with a few compromises. It's not designed for wide feet or technical terrain, and it's not the best for long dista[…]

Hoka Torrent 3
84
Good!

Our review revealed the Hoka Torrent 3 as a harmoniously balanced and affordably priced option from Hoka. Perfect for smoother trails such as fire roads or gravel paths, this shoe shines with its ligh[…]

Hoka Speedgoat 5 GTX
82
Good!

The Hoka Speedgoat 5 GTX aims to retain the strengths of its regular version while adding a waterproof membrane. However, in our experience, it lands in a middle ground. While it maintains the same st[…]

Altra Outroad 2
80
Good!

The Altra Outroad 2 emerges as a road-to-trail option that delivers a well-rounded mix, mostly hitting high notes: It's priced right at $120, handles all roads and some trails, and its MaxTrac outsole[…]

Salomon Speedcross 6 GTX
83
Good!

Our extensive trials with the Salomon Speedcross 6 GTX revealed it as an exceptional iteration of this saga, maintaining the core attributes of agility, durability, cushioning, and superior grip of it[…]

Merrell Nova 3
85
Good!

We love the Merrell Nova 3 as it stands out as a versatile shoe catering to a wide range of runners and outdoor activities. Its environmentally friendly, durable upper complements a generously cushion[…]

Salomon Supercross 4
85
Good!

In our lab tests, the Salomon Supercross 4 stood out with its unique design, featuring an enormous 15.2-mm heel-to-toe drop and a narrow heel, tailored for speed in cornering but lacking in forefoot c[…]

Hoka Mafate Speed 4
87
Great!

The Hoka Mafate Speed 4, emerging as a lighter successor to its predecessor, truly impressed us in our lab. This versatile shoe adeptly navigates through a variety of trails, from rapid descents to lo[…]

Hoka Tecton X 2
89
Great!

The Tecton X 2 from Hoka is an outstanding follow-up to its predecessor, ideal for anyone craving high-speed trail runs. Despite its premium price, we were impressed by its standout features—a s[…]

Salomon Speedcross 6
89
Great!

Since its debut in 2006, the Speedcross has become a trail-running staple for Salomon, almost reaching legendary status. In our lab, we found the sixth version to be lighter yet still rugged and durab[…]

Nike Juniper Trail 2
79
Decent!

At an attractive $85, the Nike Juniper Trail 2 is a budget-friendly gem for those seeking Pegasus Trail features without breaking the bank. Ideal for short to medium runs on gentle terrain, this road-[…]

Nike Ultrafly
92
Superb!

Nike enthusiasts have long awaited a Vaporfly for the trails, and the Ultrafly delivers, though with some unexpected twists. We can confirm that it combines a full-length ZoomX midsole, carbon plate,[…]

Nike Vaporfly 3
88
Great!

In our opinion, Nike's latest Vaporfly marks a significant upgrade in the "original supershoe" concept. This third iteration, lighter, swifter, and more stable during all of our runs, is a marathon ma[…]

New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer v2
90
Superb!

At $180, the New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Trainer v2 offers a great deal for a shoe that combines cloud-like FuelCell cushioning technology with a carbon fiber plate, culminating in a significant, r[…]

Mizuno Wave Inspire 19
89
Great!

We put the Mizuno Wave Inspire 19 to the test and it really stood out in the stability category. Its well-crafted upper, exceptional grip, and durability impressed us, especially on wet surfaces, grav[…]

On Cloudflow 4
91
Superb!

The On Cloudflow 4.0 emerges as an impressive evolution from its predecessor, albeit catering to a niche audience with its firm midsole and form-fitting upper, sidelining a significant number of runne[…]

Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro
90
Superb!

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro stands alone with its unique, aggressive geometry, perfect for midfoot strikers but unsuitable for the rest. The crazy stack height and wild midsole cutouts render it an[…]

Adidas Pureboost 23
81
Good!

The Adidas Pureboost 23 stands out as a versatile option for beginners and casual runners. Its design boasts a highly breathable and top-notch upper, paired with a thin-and-plush midsole, effortlessly[…]

New Balance FuelCell Propel v4
85
Good!

The New Balance FuelCell Propel v4 is a bona fide choice at just $110, offering a slice of luxury in the world of neutral running shoes. Our lab tests confirm it's not only incredibly comfortable than[…]

On Cloudboom Echo 3
84
Good!

The On Cloudboom Echo 3 is the brand's first legitimate supershoe, and it doesn't disappoint in the performance department. Featuring a snappy carbon plate, bouncy Pebax foam, and a uniquely rockered[…]

Asics Noosa Tri 15
88
Great!

The ASICS Noosa Tri 15 keeps its crazy, head-turning design while adding much-wanted features like enhanced FF Blast cushioning and a stable ride that we really enjoyed. Retaining the best elements of[…]

Mizuno Wave Rider 27
91
Superb!

The 27th edition of the Mizuno Wave Rider is back one more year in our lab, aiming to wow both its longtime fans like us and newcomers to the series. Its improved cushioning, responsiveness, and built[…]

Hoka Kawana
86
Good!

In an attempt to merge the world of road running shoes with fitness sneakers, we found the Hoka Kawana to be versatile enough for gym workouts, CrossFit sessions, and daily short runs. It provides a l[…]

Nike Pegasus 40
87
Great!

For years, the Pegasus has been pretty much synonymous with the term ‘daily trainer’. It’s a Nike icon that’s gotten countless runners—including us—through the high[…]

Brooks Trace 2
88
Great!

The Brooks Trace 2 shines as a budget-friendly yet high-performing daily trainer, especially for heel strikers. It boasts a competent midsole, cozy mesh upper, and impressive durability. Adding to its[…]

Hoka Clifton 9
87
Great!

While you’d be forgiven to think that Clifton’s popularity is just the result of TikTok hype, we argue that there’s a deep-rooted heritage behind this reliable daily workhorse. This[…]

Brooks Hyperion Max
89
Great!

With its astonishingly light build and bouncy midsole that brings a spring to every step, the Brooks Hyperion Max truly offers an exceptional running experience that's good for all four seasons. That[…]

Altra Paradigm 7
82
Good!

The Altra Paradigm 7 shines as a zero-drop daily trainer, appealing to both neutral runners and those with mild pronation. Its standout feature, the abundant Ego Max cushioning, ensures a perfect bala[…]

Adidas Adizero SL
88
Great!

Adidas' latest foray into the daily trainer game is the Adizero SL, which borrows design elements from the brand's premium lineup. At $120, it boasts a feathery weight, top-notch stability and fantast[…]

Hoka Transport X
85
Good!

The Hoka Transport X leaves us scratching our heads in the lab. It's equipped with a carbon plate and a razor-thin upper, characteristics usually found in racing shoes. Yet, it's marketed as a versati[…]

Nike Winflo 10
81
Good!

The Nike Winflo 10 shines as an affordable neutral daily trainer with exceptional value. Equipped with full-length Air cushioning, a robust outsole, and a comfy yet durable upper, we think that it's a[…]

Hoka Rocket X 2
86
Good!

For years, Hoka enthusiasts have awaited the Rocket X 2, and it doesn't disappoint. Boasting an all-new, bouncy PEBA midsole, we are happy to confirm it delivers the same energy return as the world's[…]

Saucony Endorphin Elite
90
Superb!

With the introduction of the Endorphin Elite, Saucony finally brings a true rival to the Vaporfly based on our tests. This racing shoe isn't just about its aggressive design featuring numerous cutouts[…]

Saucony Triumph 21
88
Great!

The Saucony Triumph 21, building on its legacy, offered us in the lab the smooth ride that enthusiasts have always cherished from this saga. This year's version provides unprecedented cushioning, an u[…]

Nike InfinityRN 4
85
Good!

The Nike InfinityRN 4 distinctively differentiates itself from its previous model. Featuring a revamped ReactX midsole, it morphs from being simply versatile to being a luxuriously plush, comfort-cent[…]

ASICS Superblast
92
Superb!

The ASICS Superblast isn't just another maximalist running shoe—it's a game-changer. Fusing elite FF Turbo foam with a massive stack height, lightweight design, and unbeatable stability, we felt[…]

Hoka Zinal 2
78
Decent!

For those seeking trail speed, the Hoka Zinal 2 stands as our definitive contender. Priced at $180, it might stretch some budgets, but we found that its featherlight design with a low stack height is[…]

ASICS GT 1000 12
81
Good!

The ASICS GT 1000 12 maintains its reputation as a versatile stability running shoe. With fantastic comfort and impressive breathability, this shoe transitioned seamlessly into cross-training or walks[…]

Hoka Gaviota 5
83
Good!

The Gaviota 5 by Hoka confidently steps out as an evolved successor, not just a mere follow-up. Upholding the features that made its predecessor a hit, this iteration boasts a noticeably refined weigh[…]

ASICS Gel Kayano 30
90
Superb!

With the ASICS Gel Kayano 30, the renowned stability line takes a spirited leap forward. With increased foam but without the added weight, it's a win-win for almost everyone. Navigating the balance be[…]

Hoka Mach X
90
Superb!

During our tests, the Hoka Mach X masterfully married versatility with a feather-light design, thanks to a Pebax plate and a dual-layer springy midsole. Designed to excel in a range of activities&mdas[…]

Brooks Beast GTS 23
86
Good!

The Brooks Beast GTS 23 is far from ordinary, offering top-notch stability but also tipping the scale with its massive weight. We believe that if you can overlook the heft, this shoe shines with excep[…]

Brooks Cascadia 17
91
Superb!

The Cascadia 17 from Brooks isn't just a product of chance with its seventeen editions. We confirmed that this trail saga remains a versatile marvel with upgrades like enhanced cushioning, top-notch b[…]

ASICS Gel Venture 8
84
Good!

The ASICS Gel Venture 8 is a standout value pick. Priced at just $70, we can attest that it excels in versatility—from walks to speed downhill runs, it’s got us covered. Its breathable des[…]

Brooks Launch GTS 10
86
Good!

The Brooks Launch GTS 10 is a mild stability daily trainer that shines as a rarity in the running shoe world with its splendid price of $110 and a hard-to-believe low weight. It offers a fast, agile,[…]

Brooks Launch 10
87
Great!

The Brooks Launch 10 stands out as a light, fun daily trainer at a reasonable price of only $110. Equipped with a well-cushioned midsole and a durable outsole, we believe it's capable of handling almo[…]

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
88
Great!

The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23 builds on the winning recipe that made its predecessors favored among runners all around the world. We found that it shines as a reliable, well-cushioned, and stable daily[…]

Under Armour HOVR Phantom 3
77
Bad!

The Under Armour HOVR Phantom 3 does a great job in the multidisciplinary category, adept at both running and gym sessions, even pairing well with your go-to jeans. In our lab tests, we appreciated it[…]

Brooks Glycerin GTS 20
89
Great!

The Brooks Glycerin 20 GTS enhances the tried-and-true features of its neutral sibling with special consideration for overpronators. With substantial DNA LOFT v3 cushioning and a GuideRails system, it[…]

Adidas Galaxy 6
80
Good!

For $60, we think that the Adidas Galaxy 6 is a real steal—unless you're put off by its noticeable weight and lackluster breathability. But if you can roll with these, you're in for some premium[…]

On Cloudflyer
90
Superb!

We've found the On Cloudflyer to be a distinctive blend of versatility and stability. It's loved by many, including us, for its superb build quality—a signature of On shoes. This shoe also offer[…]

On Cloud X
90
Superb!

The On Cloud X sets itself apart from today's high-stack running shoes, embodying a multifaceted approach. We found it effortlessly adapts to everything from relaxed walks with your dog to easy and ae[…]

On Cloudstratus
88
Great!

On Cloudstratus nails the role of a firm-yet-comfy road running shoe, perfect for casual runners who enjoy moderate paces. In our tests, we found it's even versatile enough to double for cross-trainin[…]

On Cloud Waterproof
88
Great!

The On Cloud Waterproof offers an exceptional experience in cold, wet conditions, with top-notch build quality and ample reflective details for safety. However, in our testing, we found its firm midso[…]

Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3
90
Superb!

The Adizero Adios Pro 3 stands out as one of the top racing shoes available in the market, if not the absolute best. Its phenomenal stability sets a new standard for supershoes, and we found the full-[…]

On Cloudflyer 4
84
Good!

The On Cloudflyer 4 stirred up a range of emotions within us. On the positive side, we encounter top-notch construction at a time when this seems to be a waning quality among most brands. Furthermore,[…]

Mizuno Wave Rebellion
83
Good!

The Mizuno Wave Rebellion breaks away from convention with a prominent heel cutout exposing its fiberglass Wave Plate. This lightweight, all-pace, high-stability shoe not only looks good to us, but al[…]

Adidas Racer TR21
87
Great!

The Adidas Racer TR21 doesn't quite match the expectations set by its name. It isn't quite a racing shoe, but rather a hybrid between a comfortable everyday sneaker and a heavy running shoe. Affordabl[…]

Reebok Floatride Energy 5
88
Great!

The Floatride Energy series from Reebok, a trusted favorite among beginner runners, returns with its fifth iteration. This version continues to impress us, delivering a stable, feature-packed, lightwe[…]

Under Armour Charged Assert 10
83
Good!

The Under Armour Charged Assert 10, a minor upgrade from its predecessor, is a dream partner for a firm and robust run. Designed with heel strikers in mind, it's a little bit heavy, but delivers a sta[…]

Under Armour Charged Assert 9
84
Good!

Under Armour’s Charged Assert 9 might not be the speediest in the UA lineup, but in our opinion, it shines as a sturdy, stable ride with a firm yet flexible midsole. While it might not be our go[…]

Adidas Runfalcon 3
81
Good!

At a budget-friendly $65, the Adidas Runfalcon 3 offers surprising versatility. Perfect for casual runs and stylish enough for daily wear, we found this shoe to be a real all-rounder. However, its lac[…]

Adidas Adizero Boston 12
89
Great!

In our opinion, the Boston 12 marks a welcomed return to the shoe's roots, evolving as a light, versatile, and universally appealing running partner. It's once again designed to handle a range of runs[…]

Adidas Adizero Boston 11
83
Good!

The Adidas Adizero Boston line saw a radical change with version number 10 when it got much bigger. As per our observations, the 11th iteration sees just a few differences and remains a maximal traini[…]

Adidas Ultraboost 1.0
89
Great!

In the realm of running shoes, we've found that the Adidas Ultraboost holds its own crown as a bestseller, despite its steep $180 price tag. It excels in breathability, outsole durability, and above a[…]

Nike Terra Kiger 9
89
Great!

The Terra Kiger 9 is a fantastic trail-blazer, boasting React cushioning—a shock-absorbing foam that delivers great energy return and durability. Its multidirectional lugged outsole provides ste[…]

Brooks Ghost 15
88
Great!

The Ghost is a renowned daily trainer from Brooks, and the v15 is a top recommendation from us for its exceptional comfort and durability. Ideal for daily training at varying speeds, it particularly b[…]

PUMA Deviate Nitro Elite 2
85
Good!

The Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2 has shown us it's not only a good racing shoe but also a standout for tempo runs. We think that this is a well-thought-out redesign from the first version, featuring an[…]

ASICS Gel Venture 9
89
Great!

The ASICS Gel Venture 9 is a versatile trail runner and hiker that offered us impressive comfort and jaw-dropping breathability during our testing at a pocket-friendly price. While we didn't find it t[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X More Trail v3
87
Great!

With its gargantuan stack, supreme comfort, and commendable performance, the New Balance More Trail v3 has effectively ended Hoka’s years-long chokehold on the max-cushioned trail running throne[…]

ASICS Gel Cumulus 25
88
Great!

The 25th iteration of the Cumulus series from ASICS is lighter and comfier than ever based on our lab tests. This neutral running shoe sports a combination of ASICS tech that makes it a dependable dai[…]

On Cloudswift 3
85
Good!

The Cloudswift 3 is a masterclass in balancing heritage and innovation—it features all the bells and whistles of a next-gen shoe, yet still stays true to its On roots. Though upgrades to the cus[…]

Salomon Ultra Glide 2
84
Good!

Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise—running fast and running comfortably aren’t supposed to be mutually exclusive in an ultra-distance race. Case in point: the Ultra Glide 2. As Sal[…]

Salomon Sense Ride 5
84
Good!

All beefed-up—that’s perhaps the simplest way to describe the 5th edition of the Sense Ride after our analysis. With its soft cushioning, protective ride, secure lockdown, and improved tra[…]

Nike Wildhorse 8
87
Great!

Coming off the back of the Pegasus Trail 4’s release, the Wildhorse 8 has had its work cut out to match its road-to-trail counterpart’s phenomenal acclaim. Fortunately for fans of the Nike[…]

Saucony Kinvara 14
82
Good!

With its ultra-light upper, lofty cushioning, and modern insole, you wouldn’t be remiss to think that the Kinvara 14 had strayed from its path. While it’s no longer the lean mean Kinvaras[…]

Hoka Challenger 7
84
Good!

It dropped “ATR” in the name but the Challenger 7 is still an all-terrain shoe that impressed us with how well it handled both trails and roads. Comfort and protection are next-level in th[…]

Hoka Solimar
86
Good!

The Solimar is a completely new shoe from Hoka, and a different one, given that it sits at the intersection of different sports—just like the Hoka Kawana. We found it to be a compelling hybrid t[…]

Hoka Gaviota 4
86
Good!

High-stacked and massive, the HOKA Gaviota line has always been synonymous with huge cushioning and stability for overpronators. And now that it’s reached the 4th version, it keeps delivering. S[…]

Nike Pegasus Turbo
79
Decent!

The Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature was highly-expected as the successor of the beloved Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2. Eventually, it proved to be something quite different, yet we still found it to be a s[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4
88
Great!

The Fresh Foam X More v4 from New Balance is a maxed-out daily trainer that's best suited for recovery days and anything easy. Whether it's a short walk or a long-distance run, this mammoth of a shoe[…]

Nike Air Winflo 9
82
Good!

The Nike Air Winflo comes back with its 9th edition and we found it to be a worthy update. Now with a better upper, softer midsole, and more precise fit, it confirms to be an honest daily trainer for[…]

New Balance FuelCell Rebel v3
90
Superb!

Version number 3 of the New Balance FuelCell Rebel is an all-rounder daily trainer that impressed us in the lab with its ability to cross the line into a performance shoe when needed. It’s still[…]

Nike Alphafly 2
85
Good!

The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next% 2 confirms all the qualities that made the first edition one of the best shoes—for some, the best ever—for racing marathons. It’s still incredibly fa[…]

New Balance Fresh Foam X Hierro v7
86
Good!

The Hierro v7 from New Balance is dubbed as the trail version of the NB 1080. Although New Balance has touted it as a road-to-trail option, with its multi-terrain grip, we have found it to be more tra[…]

Adidas Adizero Adios 7
80
Good!

The Adizero Adios from Adidas is a no-fuss traditional racing flat that remains that way in its 7th iteration. Its low-stack firm ride took us back to the good ol' days before the dominance of super s[…]

Saucony Axon 2
88
Great!

For a daily trainer that only costs $100, we are surprised by the quality of the Axon 2 from Saucony. It's a durable and versatile shoe with a very smooth ride. Whether you're running easy miles or pi[…]

ASICS Trail Scout 2
83
Good!

As the name suggested to us, the Trail Scout 2 from ASICS is a trail running shoe that's all about providing support in every stride. It's an easy-day trail runner that doesn't dig deep into the pocke[…]

Nike ZoomX Streakfly
86
Good!

The Nike ZoomX Streakfly is the Oregonian's answer to the critically acclaimed Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen, a phenomenal and fast modern-day racing flat. Commended for being fast, this shoe surprised us[…]

Adidas Adistar
88
Great!

Often dubbed as Adidas' version of the Hoka Bondi, we think that the Adidas Adistar is a max-cushioned running shoe that's a no-brainer for long easy days. With its highly cushioned design, it provide[…]

Hoka Anacapa Low GTX
83
Good!

The Anacapa Low GTX delivers comfort and performance that only a few trail kicks from the same category can match. With this shoe on, we think you can brave the elements confidently relying on its bli[…]

Merrell Moab Speed GTX
83
Good!

If free-spirited hikes are what you are after, then the Moab Speed GTX has to be on your wish list. Indeed, with its ridiculously bouncy underfoot platform and barely-there weight, this shoe had us le[…]