BEST FOR: Semi-minimalist running on roads and mellow trails.
THE TEST: The cheapo-looking mesh and cheesy rivet grommets didn’t make a great first impression, but after weeks in this shoe, our whole team came away impressed. “It looks like a Ford but runs like an Audi,” reported one tester. Built low to the ground with a four-millimeter drop, it feels more like a trainer than the slipperlike PureDrift, with just enough cushioning to take out the sting but not enough to slow you down. Our speedier runners loved it for mile repeats on grass, cool-down jogs, short intervals, and long tempo runs—in other words, everything.
THE VERDICT: A pleasant surprise. 8 oz; 4 mm drop.