Triathlon-specific running shoes typically have a quick-closure system (elastic laces can be added to any shoe) and vents intended to drain water, but you don’t need these features to finish a race. Find a comfortable shoe that matches your running style. If the shoe has tri-specific features, that’s a bonus. Here’s the list of top 8 Running shoes for Triathlon.
Adidas Supernova Glide 4 $115
Just because you prefer or need a lot of cushioning in your running shoes doesn’t mean you don’t care about speed. The Supernova Glide 4 from Adidas offers a responsive ride for a shoe that softens impact as well as it does. This is a great choice for the triathlete who wants to feel fast even with a nice, thick layer of cushioning underfoot.
Asics Gt-2170 $110
The GT-2000 series from Asics has been around for 17 years, and for good reason. Runners needing a reliable blend of cushioning and stability tend to stick with this shoe after discovering it. The new GT-2170 is the lightest model in the line’s history, at 11.4 ounces in men’s size 9. Coming at no cost to the support and impact dampening that have made it so popular, this weight reduction will please GT-2000 loyalists and create another generation of converts.
Mizuno Wave Inspire 8 $115
Try all you want—you just can’t over-pronate in the Mizuno Wave Inspire 8. From the moment you take your first step in it, you can feel the Double-Fan Wave sole design gently guiding yourfoot toward neutral alignment. Best of all, this support comes without over-construction and excess weight. At just 10.9 ounces in men’s size 9, the Wave Inspire 8 is lighter than most shoes that provide such stability.
Saucony Progrid Guide 5 $100
The Guide 5 weighs a full 1.5 ounces less than its predecessor, the Guide 4. It’s just 10.2 ounces in men’s size 9. This was partly achieved with a 4mm reduction in the heel lift, which also gives the Guide 5 a smoother transition from heel strike to toe-off than the 4 and promotes a mid-foot striking gait. These changes were made without any sacrifice to the robust stability features that have earned the Guide series so many fans.
Ecco Biomb Textile 1.2 $200
The Biom B’s road feel is similar to many slipper-like minimalist shoes yet it creates a uniquely firm connection with the runner. Its highly structured upper flawlessly bonds the foot to the lightly cushioned, flexible sole. It takes the sting off the road but doesn’t coddle a heel striker to inspire a mid-foot-striking gait. At 10 ounces and $200, the Biom B is a little heavier and costlierthan othershoes for mid-foot strikers.
Altra Intuition $100
Altra firmly believes that mid- and forefoot striking is superior to heel striking, and every aspect of the Intuition is built around that concept. Like all shoes from Altra, the Intuition has a zero-drop sole, meaning the heel isn’t any taller than the forefoot, to promote forefoot contact. Also, its sole is extremely hard. It protects the foot and provides a little cushioning but doesn’t take all the sting off contact with the ground, further motivating a runner to avoid heel striking.
On Cloudsurfer $129
The small spring-like knobs on the bottom of the Cloudsurf er’s sole are a surprisingly effective addition to traditional shoe cushioning for runners with a neutral stride. They soften foot strike slightly more than typical trainers without creating any additional instability. The flexible sole gives the Cloudsurf er a lively feel, and its upper is a good fit for runners with mid-volume feet.
Pearl Izumikissaki $130
The Kissaki incorporates fundamental attributes of minimalist shoes into a structured and durable training/racing crossover shoe. It provides moderate cushioning with a flexible forefoot in a lightweight package. The sole is substantially more durable than many shoes of equal weight. It fits a little small and the low heel cup allows the foot to lift slightly, especially when running uphill. Testers found it to be an outstanding shoe for runners interested in minimalism’s core features without sacrificing practicality for everyday runs.
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