Great Strides

Jul 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

At 10.2 ounces, the NEW BALANCE 833 is exceptionally light—and all about speed. It may look flimsy, but it delivers control to runners blessed with a normal gait. Designers shaved weight by cementing a seamless mesh upper to the midsole. But the real performance key is the plastic "cage" that wraps around the arch, providing just enough midfoot containment to keep your step in line. The 833 is available in several widths, so there's still room on board for custom footbeds. ($85; 800-253-7463,
The ADIDAS CLIMACOOL II is more sieve than shoe, with a net sock for a forefoot upper and nylon-mesh "windows" everywhere—even under the forefoot. These ports turn the whole package into a podiatric exhaust fan, drawing in air from the arch and expelling it through the sides and tongue with each stride. Bonus: The 11.9-ounce ClimaCool II is nice and cushy—with soft EVA-like material in the heel and firmer support under the forefoot—but flexible enough to feel like a sprinter. ($100; 800-423-4327,

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