Best Road Racing Shoes: January 2019
Give yourself a fair advantage in your races with this season's most impressive racing flats. Lighter and faster than ordinary trainers and designed to give you maximum energy return, a racing shoe will help you shave seconds or even minutes off your PB. Racing shoes are also great as a less cumbersome option for fast, up tempo training runs.
If you can, come into one of our stores for a personalised shoe fitting to make sure you're getting the best, most comfortable racing shoe for your footstrike.
Here is a selection of what we have to offer at Run and Become:
(Weights quoted are for a size 8 UK men's shoe and a size 6 UK women's shoe)
Lightest Weight Racers
Featherweight and snappy for a supersonic pace:
- Saucony Type A: Ultralightweight at 167g, the Type A has a thin and flexible SSL EVA midsole to absorb shock and spring you forwards towards the finish line. The wet grip rubber outsole reduces the risk of slipping on wet race days or at water stations. An engineered mesh upper with lightweight Flexfilm overlays holds the foot comfortably and promotes breathability. Great for short races like 5 or 10K but they may not have enough cushioning for longer distances unless you’re an elite runner.
Best Racers for Support
No racing shoe will give much anti-pronation control because it adds too much weight but if you’re an overpronator and you want a touch of guidance, consider these racers:
- Saucony Fastwitch: Focused on speed, the Fastwitch has been a staple of the racing market for many years. Its responsive SSL EVA midsole absorbs impact without slowing you down and a firmer density support piece on the inside gives an element of pronation control. Built on a 4mm drop for a balanced ride without too much extra material at the heel. Weighs in at 183g
- Brooks Asteria: A little bit heavier at 235g, the Asteria’s BioMogo DNA midsole offers good cushioning for longer races or speed training. A Guide Rail system in the heel offers some pronation support and a midfoot transition zone moves you from heel to forefoot as quickly as possible. Propulsion pods in the forefoot are there to transform effort into speed so you can fly through every mile.
Best Cushioned, Neutral Racers
Longer races (beyond 10KM) or extended speed sessions will require a racing shoe with a bit of extra cushioning.
- Brooks Hyperion: Speedy yet soft, at 221g for men and 153g for women, the Brooks Hyperion’s BioMogo DNA midsole offers plenty of impact protection. A specially designed midfoot transition zone creates snappy transitions to help you accelerate to your maximum speed. They’ve made the upper as smooth and comfortable as possible in case you want to leave your socks at home. It’s a super-soft one-piece stretch woven material with laser cut holes for breathability. Good ground contact from the outsole ensures grip in wet conditions.
- Adidas Adios: Adios is Adidas' iconic super-quick racing flat which has won more international marathons than you can shake a stick at. Boost cushioning in the midsole gives you plenty of springback and doesn't alter its properties in extreme temperatures like EVA does. Sticky continental rubber on the outsole helps you keep your footing in the rain or as you run over wet pavements at water stations. Even in the dry it saves you valuable seconds by reducing backwards slipping as you toe off. Enough cushioning for longer races or faster training sessions. Weighs in at 226g.
Wishing you many enjoyable races and personal bests this season!
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