Runner’s World Spring 2016 Shoe Awards
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Runners World Spring 2016 Shoe Guide
If you run or workout, then you know that Runners World is by far the best running magazine in the industry. Their knowledge and information provide excellent running tips, nutrition help, gear and shoe reviews, and race information. They recently provided a list of their top 2016 Spring shoes and I thought I would share some of the key highlights from the article including their popular shoe category awards.
The things I look at every year are their shoe reviews that provide Runner’s World Editors Shoe Choice, Best Shoe Buy, Best Shoe Update, and Best Shoe Debut. You often seen similar models each year, but still neat to see how they rate shoes in the 4 important categories.
RW Editors Choice: Saucony Hurricane ISO 2
I couldn’t agree more with the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice for the Spring 2016 pick. I reviewed the Saucony Hurricane ISO last year and raved about how great this shoe was and had high hopes for a better version in the second model.
Fast forward a few months and here they are. The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 shoe now has the Everun technology which provides an improved feel and support, all at 10.5 oz. If you haven’t tried on a shoe with the Everun sole, I highly recommend. Not only does it feel great, but it provides you one of the most responsive soles on the market.
Similar to the Brooks Transcend 3, these shoes are pricey at $160.
Release Date: Winter 2015 ($160) | Previous Model: Saucony Hurricane ISO
RW Best Shoe Debut: Mizuno Wave Catalyst
I haven’t ran in these shoes yet, but I plan on it in the near future. People have raved about the all new Mizuno Wave Catalyst as the ideal shoe replacement for the Mizuno Elixir. The main difference between the Catalyst and the Elixir is the heel drop is 8mm, not the earlier 10mm.
The reviews that I have read say that these shoes are similar to the Inspire model and are great for speedwork and tempo runs.
I was a huge fan of the Elixir and used them extensively for track workouts, 5k and 10k races, and wore them in one half marathon. If these are anything like the Elixir, I am confident these shoes will be liked by all. Another great thing about these shoes is they are reasonably priced at $110.
Release Date: February 2016 ($110)
RW Best Shoe Update: Brooks Transcend 3
My sister has worn these shoes for the past few years and was really excited when I told her that the Brooks Transcend were rated as the best shoe update for the Spring 2016 season.
The updates to this max cushion shoes include a more narrow shoe with an improved upper providing a better feel and lightweight feel around 11oz. It’s tough to find a max cushion shoe that feels like these do.
I have been a big fan of the Brooks PureCadence shoes, but haven’t worn the Transcend shoe yet. With this award from Runner’s World, I am planning to give these a try. The only thing that makes me think twice about these shoes is that they come with a steep price tag of $170.
Release Date: January 2016 ($170) | Previous Model: Brooks Transcend 2
RW Best Shoe Buy: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V2
New Balance shoes are a brand that I have always wanted run more miles in. I wore the Leadville trail shoes for a few years, but haven’t explored the New Balance road running shoes. With that said, I had to do some research to provide information about this RW best buy.
Many of the reviews I read said the updates for the V2 model were way better than expected. The updates this year include increased forefoot cushion, improved arch support, and an overall better feel.
Even though the shoe looks like a racer, it provides ample support for middle distance runs. I hope to be able to get a pair to review later this year.
Release Date: Winter 2016 ($100) | Previous Model: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante