What do you get when you cross a running shoe with the British military? Sounds like a joke, but that's actually what UK Gear did to come up with the PT-03, the toughest road shoe we've seen. Using the British Army Physical Training Corps for testing, designers gave the PT-03 a stiff exoskeleton for support, plates in the midsole for increased stability, and multidirectional tread for traction, making this an ideal choice for road runners who want a shoe that can handle trails. Medial posting prevents pronation, and a dual-density heel compound absorbs impact.Bonus: A deep heel cup and reliable lacing system locked our feet in place.Bummer: It lacks a smooth heel-to-toe transition, which limits it to slower running on hard surfaces. 12 oz; www.ukgear.com
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