Ecco Biom Lite Helion

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Skora Core Ecco Biom Lite Helion Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138 best road shoes of 2013 summer buyers guide

Skora Core, Ecco Biom Lite Helion, Inov-8 Road-X-Treme 138    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Paleo runners who venture off pavement.

THE TEST: For those just dipping into minimalism, the Helion is a pretty good pick. It has a sparse 11 millimeters of foam in the forefoot but more structure in the heel than most other zero-drop shoes. Purists may pooh-pooh the slightly stiffer outsole, but we mortals preferred it: your foot muscles don’t need to work as hard as they do in a shoe like the Inov-8, and the thick rubber offers a little extra protection on gravelly dirt paths. Narrower and snugger fitting than the Skora Core, the Helion’s meshy upper also makes it the most breathable shoe here.

THE VERDICT: Versatile enough for roads or light trails. 7.7 oz.


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