BEST FOR: A cushy ride on up-tempo runs. THE TEST: We loved the 890v2’s soft, pillowy feel, which made speed work and faster road running a joy. Heel- and midfoot-striking testers said the mild eight-millimeter drop (which makes this the flattest of the shoes here) struck the right balance and allowed for both types of strides, and at 7.4 ounces the 890v2 could easily double as a workout or race shoe. While the soft, flexible upper was comfortable, it didn’t offer weather resistance, and the rubber outsole didn’t grip well in the rain. THE VERDICT: A comfortable, lightweight, fair-weather road shoe for (almost) any gait. 7.4 oz
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