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Best Running Shoes

Trail running provides us with some of our most inspiring running experiences with its off-road sense of adventure and breathtaking, often difficult to achieve views. Those of us who are beckoned by the wild nature of off-road running, know the importance of having the proper gear. The technical side of running away from the city streets has created the need for specialized running equipment which can handle the harshest of terrain.

Tougher, multi-surfaced routes call for more supportive and cushioned sneakers which provide ample protection from ever-changing topography and terrain. The highest quality trail running shoes offer lightweight durability and uniquely adaptive responsiveness. The shoes on this list are those which best exemplify what is needed for ultra-terra running--superior multi-surface traction, firm yet flexible cushioning, and supportive, comfortable, breathable yet weather-resistant uppers.

Nike Zoom Wildhorse Men's Running Shoes

The Nike Zoom Wildhorse really stands apart from its competitors by achieving the perfect balance of cushioning, trail responsiveness, and off-road protection making for a fleet, confident trail partner. At an impressive 9.6 ounces (men's size 10), this shoe is light enough for trail racing while keeping the stability and durability needed for daily ultra-terra running.

Numerous tech-savvy innovations throughout the shoe include a new durable rubber waffle outsole offering the best traction on the market for technical terrains. The engineers have added reverse-facing rubber lugs to the center of the shoes heel which provide exceptional traction for downhill mountain running. At the same time, the shoe is not overly-equipped with lugging; beneficial when terrain turns smoother and less soft.

By utilizing its compression-molded Phylon/Cushlon midsole, adding a Nike Zoom unit under the forefoot, and allowing for four-millimeters of drop from heel-to-toe, the Zoom Wildhorse offers cloud-like cushioning without losing responsiveness and control. The breathable, single-layer ripstop upper has Nike's adaptive Dynamic Fit technology and a pleated tongue, which guards from debris working its way into the shoe; a feature highly appreciated by those of us traversing tough terrain.

The Wildhorse is the perfect choice for anyone looking to run on the most technical of mountain terrain. It is great for nearly everything, but less suitable for crossing rivers and does not get rid of mud as efficiently as its sister, the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger.

Salomon Men's Fell Raiser Trail Running Shoe

The rugged rubber outsole of the Fellraiser offers impeccable, grippy traction while keeping the shoe lightweight (9.7 ounces) and aggressive for smooth, responsive trail running. With a soft-lined, secure, and comfortable fit, the hardy upper protects your feet from the nastiest of environments and includes a much-needed toe guard for occasional rock fumbles. A rigid heel counter still allows for natural running movement while supporting your foot on even the most slanted ground.

This shoe is best suited for loose dirt and rocky, uneven terrain. Testers say it doesn’t perform as well on flatter, less technical trails but should be a go-to shoe whenever you might be expecting some mud.

Nike Men's Zoom Terra Kiger Running Shoe

The Nike Zoom Terra Kiger is designed for your average trail and not as suited for the heavy-duty technical terrain as its sister, the Wildhorse. With its ultra-grippy, shorter rubberized lugs, the Zoom Kiger is a mud-shedding machine, making it a great option for everyday trail running during adverse weather conditions.

The protective yet breathable upper is constructed without the usual heel counter, but is equipped with a tongue which securely wraps the foot, holding it in place and offering the much needed stability we look for in a trail shoe. A four-millimeter drop from heel-to-toe brings your body closer to the ground, adding better control to your multi-surfaced running. This well-crafted workhorse offers premium comfort in a lightweight (8.1 ounces), responsive, and breathable package.

The Nike Zoom Terra Kiger is recommended for all but the most technical of trails and can even be used comfortably on the road, making this the shoe of choice for those trail athletes who spend equal time on the asphalt.

Saucony Men's Kinvara TR2 Running Shoe

A more rugged adaptation of Saucony's popular road shoe, the Kinvara TR 2 has an advanced fiber-mesh rock plate, which implements necessary protection in all the right areas without diluting the minimalist feel. The rubberized outsole provides increased traction with fluid agility, a blessed combination for those wishing to run a bit faster on their local trails.

This model retains its superior lightweight, flexible ride and with an overall heel-to-toe difference of 4.7 millimeters, your foot is positioned closer to the ground giving you more control over varied terrain. The comfortably snug fit was widened slightly in the forefoot, accommodating more runners than the previous, narrower version. While this product is a match made in heaven for the trail runner seeking a minimalist connection to the ground, testers say it is best suited for runs no more than 10 miles.

New Balance Men's Trail 860v4 Shoes

New Balance achieves exceptional support and cushioning in this model by installing a soft, pressure relieving, ABZORB® crash pad on the lateral boundaries of the sole, making each step more comfortable. The Ndurance outsole features an updated lug arrangement providing excellent traction for varied surfaces but some have complained its placement has diminished the flexibility in the forefoot.

The breathable and supportive no-sew overlay upper of the New Balance Trail 860v4 provides a pleasantly secure fit. At 12.4 ounces, this shoe is much lighter than it looks, offering an effortless ride which will make longer runs more manageable and stand up to high mileage punishment.

Merrell Men's Barefoot Train Embark Glove Gore-Tex Shoe

Merrell Men's Barefoot Train Embark Glove Gore-Tex Shoe

Merrell's Barefoot Train Embark Glove Gore-Tex shoes are a fully waterproof running shoe. The Gore-Tex lining does a good job of keeping your feet dry and warm on cold and wet days. The lining is also anti-bacterial to keep your feet clean and minimize odor. This makes them a good choice for long runs, fast hikes and camping. The leather upper provides a balance between comfort and support that makes for a reliable running shoe in the face of difficult road or trail conditions.

New Balance MR10 Men's Minimus Road Running Shoe

The New Balance MR10 Running shoe is barefoot shoe without frills, but delivers with a design that transfers to performance. An example of what New Balance refers to as its "minimus" approach is the tiny 4 mm drop from heel to toe that helps you to maintain proper running mechanics. The no show forefoot gives you minimum weight while still providing some protection from the road surface. The odor resistant materials are a plus for any athlete putting miles on his shoes, but the bigger plus is the overall light weight and simple design that lets your feet feel less restricted.

Vivo Barefoot Dharma Shoe

You may be reminded of beach socks when you see the slip-on Vivo Barefoot Dharma running shoe. The genuine leather upper provides comfort and enough protection for running on pavement or trails. The antibacterial lining helps keep your feet healthy even with heavy use in and around water. The puncture resistant outsole provides durability without adding unwanted weight. The outsole is only 2.5 mm so it lets your foot flex and move naturally instead of conforming to the shoe.

Vibram Five Fingers Flow

The Vibram Five Fingers Flow is described as a "barefooting shoe" with its toe accommodating design to maximize a natural feel and allow for unfettered bio-mechanics. The neoprene lining provides good protection from cold and wet weather as well as hot pavement and debris. The TC-1 performance rubber will give you excellent traction on rocks and most other surfaces. The combination of comfort, support and protection from the elements make the Flow suitable for a range of activities from hiking to kayaking.

Skora Form Running Shoe

Skora Form Running Shoe

The Skora Form men's running shoe is an elegantly designed barefoot runner with coveted features like a zero drop outsole to encourage more natural mechanics. The tongueless construction allows for a more comfortable and natural fit. The full leather upper is made from Goatskin and the lining is made from genuine sheepskin. The trademarked REALFIT material adheres to the shape of your foot for a snug, comfortable fit. Instead of having your foot conform to the shoe the Skora Form compliments your foot.

ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 20 Running Shoe

The latest ASICS FluidFit upper technology combines a stretch mesh with elastic reinforcements which adapt to the athlete's foot creating a custom glove-like fit. The shoes also features Fluidride, the most recent evolution in ASICS midsole technology offering 20 percent more bounce back with a 15 percent reduction in weight, slimming the shoe down to just 9.2 ounces.

ASICS' patented Heel Clutching System includes an exoskeletal heel counter providing improved support while creating an unsurpassed heel fitting environment. To further cater specifically to their female customers, the engineers have added new gender-specific cushioning as well as three millimeters of additional height on women's models, to help relieve tension in the Achilles tendon. The lower-density top layer in the midsole allows female athletes to better enjoy the benefits of midsole compression.

The combination of gender customized cushioning and innovations in the shoes upper make the Gel Kayano 20 a top choice for those seeking superior comfort, a smooth ride transition, and high mileage dependability.

Nike Women's Air Zoom Pegasus 31

Nike Women's Air Zoom Pegasus 31

Nike HQ has added a Nike Zoom Air unit under the heel of the Pegasus 31 offering responsive, low-profile cushioning with an updated design bringing the air unit closer to your foot from start to finish. The engineered, no-sew overlays of the mesh upper contain fewer layers when compared to previous models, supporting your foot with seamless, non-abrasive comfort and reducing the shoe's weight to 8.6 ounces without sacrificing durability. The upper is made of thin layers with superior breathability to keep feet cool during the toughest of runs. For smoother transitions, a rubber crash rail has been added to the lateral outsole resulting in a wider, stabilizing footprint throughout the gait cycle.

Added reflective elements provide enhanced night running visibility and an environmentally friendly rubber waffle outsole for increased durability and multi-surface traction. With a yard-sale price compared to its peers, the Pegasus 31 offers tremendous bang for your buck.

Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 14 Running Shoes

The Brooks engineers have listened to their customers by adding full ground contact to their Segmented Crash Pad resulting in a buttery heel-to-toe transition along with 3D Fit Print for a lightweight, seamless fit. Brooks DNA provides adaptable cushioning which learns from your stride so feet glide through any obstacle presented to them. A newly developed lacing design in the upper evens out lace pressure, creating a snug cocoon for your foot. Weighing in at just 9.4 ounces, the Adrenaline GTS 14 is ready to withstand your high mileage routine with comfort and resilience.

Saucony Women's Guide 7 Running Shoe

Saucony has redesigned the previous upper from the Guide 6, utilizing FlexFilm for a lightweight, seamless feel. They’ve replaced the former ProGrid in the heel with the enhanced Power Grid which creates a far smoother transition and optimal cushioning when compared to the previous models.

The updated Guide 7 has returned to an outsole configuration similar to the Guide 5 since wear testers disapproved of the triangle-shaped rubber lugs found underneath the previous version. The new outsole offers more surface area for traction and higher durability, a necessity for a high mileage daily trainer.

Puma Women's Faas 600

This women’s running shoe from Puma comes with the FaasFoam one-piece midsole with lateral release grooves and a specialized heel crash pad for superior comfort and stability. Weighing in at just 8.5 ounces, the Puma Faas 600 offers the proper balance between lightweight trainer and long distance machine. It’s the perfect companion for faster workouts and daily runs, making your old clunky trainers more suitable as doorstops.

New Balance Men's Trail 860v4 Shoes

New Balance achieves exceptional support and cushioning in this model by installing a soft, pressure relieving, ABZORB® crash pad on the lateral boundaries of the sole, making each step more comfortable. The Ndurance outsole features an updated lug arrangement providing excellent traction for varied surfaces but some have complained its placement has diminished the flexibility in the forefoot.

The breathable and supportive no-sew overlay upper of the New Balance Trail 860v4 provides a pleasantly secure fit. At 12.4 ounces, this shoe is much lighter than it looks, offering an effortless ride which will make longer runs more manageable and stand up to high mileage punishment.

ASICS Men's GT 2000 2 Running Shoe

GEL Cushioning Systems strategically placed in the forefoot and heel provide extra cushioning for a pillowy ride while ASICS Fluidride Technology offers a superior combo of 20 percent more spring to your step with a 15 percent reduction in weight when compared to the previous model. The Dynamic DuoMax Support System extends further into the forefoot of the GT-2000 2, increasing support for those who over-pronate. Overall, the ASICS Gel GT-2000 2 proves to be a solid choice for flat-footed runners looking for a cushy and stable ride during their everyday runs.

Air Zoom Structure+ 17 Men's Running Shoes

Air Zoom Structure+ 17 Men's Running Shoes

The Zoom Structure +17 achieves ultimate support and comfort by implementing Nike Zoom Air units throughout the forefoot, and couples this with Nike's Dynamic Fit technology and Flywire cable. The lightweight yet durable Flywire surrounds the arch, adding support with a glove-like feel. These innovations are supplemented with a highly breathable engineered mesh upper, durable no-sew overlays, not too-tight but secure fit, and high visibility elements for running in low-light conditions. All of these assets make the Nike Air Zoom Structure +17 an ideal shoe for over-pronators who want to run fast without the bulky feel of clunky trainers.

Saucony Men's Guide 7 Running Shoe

In redesigning the upper from the previous model, the Guide 6, Saucony has implemented their FlexFilm technology for a lightweight and seamlessly comfortable ride. By replacing the ProGrid technology in the heel of the Guide 6 with the enhanced Power Grid of the Guide 7, the engineers have created a buttery-smooth ride transition which provides a far superior cushion when compared to other models.

Saucony has returned to their previous outsole configuration from the Guide 5, listening to wear testers who had nothing but negative feedback for the rubber lugs found along the bottom of the Guide 6. This latest outsole provides increased surface area for better traction and longer durability, a necessity for a high mileage daily trainer. The Saucony Guide 7 offers some of the best technologies in stability and support, making it ideal for runners who over-pronate and are injury prone.

Brooks Beast Men's Running Shoe

Weighing in at a hefty 14 ounces, the Brooks Beast 12 is a far cry from your typical racing flat, but what it does extraordinarily well is provide the crucial comfort and support needed for high mileage running--especially for runners with arch support issues. Brooks segmented, Caterpillar Crash Pad covers the full-length of the shoe along with a heel-to-toe roll-bar, ensuring high flexibility for a motion control shoe.

A midsole stability-web gives more integrity to the upper without adding weight, while Brooks full-length DNA Cushioning System adjusts with every stride based on the runners’ weight distribution and pace. Although a great daily trainer for runners with flat feet, wearers have noted durability issues with the material covering the toe box of the Beast 12 as it develops holes over the big toe over time.

Brooks Men's PureConnect 3 Lightweight Running Shoes

The Brooks company has made a name for itself in the running shoe industry by consistently listening to the needs of customers and delivering great products. Weighing in at an efficient 7.5 ounces, the Pureconnect 3 was created with a light-as-air design while maintaining enough comfort and support for everyday training.

This updated product comes equipped with Biomogo DNA Layout, an enhanced Toe Flex system, and a more-rounded heel, making it fast and sleek right out of the box. The Brooks Pureconnect 3 is a great option for runners with high arches who are seeking a fast daily trainer or road racer.

Salomon Men's XR Mission Trail Running Shoe

The Mission XR is a very fast, agile, and multidisciplinary trainer which boasts a sensitive trail feel with superior traction. Salomon's Sensiflex and Sensifit technologies promote smooth and responsive transitions from heel-to-toe while maintaining great lateral stability for easy to technical terrains. With extensive small lugs along the sole, the XR has an ideal amount of traction for the muddiest, wet conditions without obtaining a muddy build-up.

The breathable mesh upper keeps moisture away while a 'quick-lace' system offers secure, fast lacing. With all of the latest innovations in place, the Salomon Mission XR makes a great option for runners with high arches who are looking to transition from roads to trails.

Brooks Men's Ghost 7 Running Shoe

The latest model in the Ghost series continues with the no-sew overlays in the forefoot, creating a durable and comfortable upper devoid of nasty abrasives. The Ghost 7 includes a snug, secure heel fit, and plenty of room for the toes to splay out naturally in the toe-box. The full-length BioMoGo DNA in the midsole allows adaptive cushioning while remaining pliable. This technology, along with the improved Omega flex grooves in the forefoot, create a buttery-smooth ride with an enhanced “toe-off” experience that produces a more efficient gait cycle.

Finally, the horseshoe-shaped crash pad has made the Ghost 7 both a smoother and lighter (10.4 ounces) option for runners with medium to high arches who need the extra support and comfort while training. The Brooks Ghost 7 is an exceptional running shoe, designed for runners with high arches, that creates a perfect balance of weight, comfort, durability, and responsiveness.

Nike Free 5.0 Men's Running Shoes

Designed with runners with medium to high arches in mind, the Nike Free 5.0 offers more support than previous models with its hot-knife cut hexagonal flex grooves in the outsole which are wrapped around the sidewall of the product. This technology allows for a more natural foot movement in every direction.

A Flywire reinforced, lightweight, knit mesh upper surrounds the mid-foot, offering superior breath ability without sacrificing the adaptive and supportive fit that Free wearers love. Weighing in at just 8.9 ounces, the Nike Free 5.0 is an exceptional, lightweight option for runners with medium to high arches.

Altra Men's Instinct 2 Running Shoe

Weighing in at a sleek 9.5 ounces, the Altra Instinct 2.0 offers moderate cushioning with its advanced NRS Natural Ride System which is a cushioned Zero Drop Platform with FootShape toe box. The Zero Drop Platform creates a plane where your entire foot rests an equal distance above the ground, promoting a low-impact stride technique while correcting your body’s posture and strengthening lower-leg muscles.

The Altra Instinct 2.0 has also been upgraded with a more responsive and flexible overall feel. The FootShape toe box creates an environment for your foot to relax and spread-out naturally. The Altra Instinct 2.0 would make a good option for runners with high arches who are seeking a more minimalist approach to running.

Nike Men's Air Zoom Pegasus 31 Running Shoe

Nike Men's Air Zoom Pegasus 31 Running Shoe

The seamless mesh upper of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 creates a contoured shape, providing sock-like comfort while maintaining an excellent, secure fit. The engineers have enhanced the design with a dropped heel-to-toe offset of 10 millimeters for a more natural stance and a crash rail in the mid-foot saddle for targeted structure and support. These minor adjustments have resulted in a slightly wider footprint design, which increases stability on a variety of surfaces.

The flexible outsole offers a smooth, cushioned transition from heel to forefoot, eliminating that intolerable "slapping" sensation felt in other models. Weighing in at just 9.7 ounces (size 9), the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31 can be utilized for all types of running, from tempo workouts to long runs, while maintaining its high mileage reliability. All of these innovations come together to create the ultimate balance of speed machine and workhorse at a competitive price.

Saucony Men's Ride 7 Running Shoe

The lightweight and flexible heel-to-toe Powergrid of the Ride 7 links shock-dissipating technology with Saucony's well-loved Powerfoam material to create a cushioned and a responsive ride. The engineers have designed the upper with a breathable, lightweight mesh fabric of welded overlays. Equipped with the RUNDRY Collar Lining and Comfortlite Sockliner, this shoe reduces pressures in the forefoot and secures the heel, all while wicking away moisture.

All in all, the Saucony Ride 7 is a versatile daily training shoe designed to handle long and fast runs equally well. Coupled with the fact it weighs in at a very light 9.4 ounces (size 9), it wouldn't be a stretch to call the Saucony Ride 7 one of the lightest, well-cushioned trainers on the market.

Puma Men's Faas 700 v2 Running Shoe

The Puma Faas 700 v2 will stand up to a lot of road mileage while providing owners with the latest in Puma running technology such as like their lighter, more resilient FaasFoam+ midsole. This new midsole technology has cut the weight down to 9 ounces (size 9) without sacrificing stability. The extra-cushioned and durable EverRide+ injected blown rubber comprises the shoe's sole, making for a dreamlike, comfortable ride transition. These innovations are paired with a breathable mesh upper, forefoot flex grooves with aligned flex notches, and EverTrack rubber in high-wear areas to make up a surprisingly flexible yet stable daily trainer.

While this model outshines its competition in many areas, some reviewers have expressed dissatisfaction with the shoes' traction on wet surfaces. One exceptional perk to this product is Puma's 30-day test run program. Puma states that if you aren’t 100% satisfied, you can return the shoes within 30 days of purchase. Considering this product's assets, it's doubtful that Puma will see many people returning this running shoe.

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 17 Running Shoe

At a dainty 8.6 ounces, the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is lighter, but just as cushioned as the previous model. A breathable upper and soft mesh construction ensures your foot is comfortably cloaked and secured. Maintaining its highly acclaimed blown rubber outsole, this model keeps you feeling nimble with excellent heel-to-forefoot transition and long lasting durability. The only downside to this model is an increased heel-to-toe offset of 13 millimeters, diminishing your natural running stance.

ASICS Men's GEL-Nimbus 16 Running Shoe

ASICS has increased the amount of cushioning gel throughout the Gel-Nimbus 16 while keeping all of the functionality of the previous Nimbus. Featuring FluidRide, the latest evolution in ASICS midsole technology, this model incorporates a combination of bounce back and cushioning properties to make for a gentle ride transition. With a somewhat reduced weight of 11.9 ounces and exceptional durability, the ASICS Gel-Nimbus 16 ranks highly as one of the best shoes on the market for everyday training. Still, the high cost and overall weight of this shoe keep it from topping the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 31.

Patagonia Women's Tsali 3.0 Trail Running Shoe

The extremely agile and lightweight (8.5 ounces), minimalist inspired construction of the Tsali 3.0, makes for a spirited smooth ride while being equipped with a not overly-aggressive outsole. The sticky, 3.5 millimeter rubber lugs are fully sufficient for 360 degree grip over varying terrain, even during adverse conditions. In adding a 0.8 millimeter ESS rock plate in the forefoot, flex-grooves along the outsole, and a gender-specific 15 percent recycled EVA foot-frame, the engineers at Patagonia have created a protective, yet flexible trail shoe.

A breathable, thin upper constructed of polyurethane bands welded to an abrasion resistant mesh overlay. It offers a supportive, cinched-down feel in the midfoot and heel while providing ample room for the toes to splay out naturally in the toe-box. The Tsali 3.0 is a great option for women looking to log high trail miles on multiple and varying surfaces. This shoe does everything well, and leaves it all out on the trail.

ASICS Women's Gel-Fuji Trainer 3 Trail Running Shoe

The Gel-Fuji Trainer 3 commands attention with its rugged, trail-crushing, reverse-lugged outsole, flexible and snug fitting upper, and an array of handy accessories. The team over at ASICS has re-engineered their already light midsole, slimming the Fuji Trainer 3 down to 7.7 ounces while maintaining the superior cushioning and long-life durability ASICS wearers have come to love so well.

This model features a nifty anti-gravel tongue that works well to prevent unwanted debris from creeping in while you’re kicking up dust along your favorite routes. A perforated sock liner makes for a highly breathable and drier ride while the addition of a lace pocket allows the shoes laces to be tucked away and unexposed for a burr-free trail running experience. Finally, the use of ASICS F.A.S.T. Drop technology provides a lower heel-to-toe transition, improving running economy and encourages one to run a bit faster.

Nike Women's Zoom Terra Kiger Running Shoes

The technical-trail inspired, aggressive outsole of the Zoom Terra Kiger offers unparalleled traction over unforgiving terrain. Featuring a sticky rubber forefoot, this light (7.4 ounces) model offers superior grip during the wettest of running conditions. The engineered mesh upper of the Zoom Kiger is lightweight and breathable, as well as constructed with Dynamic Fit and Flywire technologies, giving you the right combination of support and flexibility for those hard training sessions. This model performs best on technical trails but is also at home on smooth dirt trails or gravel paths.

Brooks Women's Cascadia 9 Trail Running Shoes

The Brooks crew have created a new, more subtle upper with non-discreet supportive overlays and flat shoe laces which create a sleek, burr-deterring ride. The No-sew construction provides extra comfort without sacrificing structural durability while allowing for ample breathability. The Cascadia 9 features Brooks stability-enhancing, four-point pivot system built directly into the shoes midsole. This allows wearers to traverse complicated terrain with ease while a ballistic rock-shield protects the underfoot from jagged rocky encounters. Maintaining a perfect balance of stability, cushioning, and agility the lightweight (9.3 ounces) Cascadia 9 is designed to be an all-around shoe for smooth to technical trail excursions.

Scott Running Women's T2 Kinabalu 2.0 Womens Running Shoes

The Scott T2 Kinabalu 2.0 features a protectively armored toe-box on an abrasion resistant, vibrantly colored upper to garner admiring looks from passerby while keeping your feet safe from semi-technical terrain. Attached to a midsole constructed of ultra-light and resilient foam, the ride of the Kinabalu 2 feels surprisingly springy and nimble for a near maximalist shoe. At just 8.5 ounces, this trail ripper is a lot lighter than it at first seems, offering amazing trail feel in the forefoot to keep you connected to your surroundings; a unique perk not often afforded by non-minimalist shoes. A lower lug arrangement makes the Kinabalu 2.0 a versatile trail shoe best suited for fast running on smoother trails and rocky roads with the ability to smoothly transition into road running without skipping a beat.

Olympic Rik
Rik is an elite distance runner, coach, and footwear specialist in Portland, Oregon. As a Dynamic Product Tester for well known shoe manufacturer, Rik analyzes the design, manufacture, and functionality of prototype running shoes. From simulated performance under high speed recording to multi-surface durability testing, his reviews cover every facet of shoe production. With over 12 years of experience as a competitive distance athlete, Rik is an expert on all things running. He has coached track and field at the collegiate level and currently coaches athletes competing in the 5k to Marathon distances.
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