Scott Makani II Road Running Shoes

    Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

Pass the crow. When we heard Scott, a company better known for ski gear and carbon-fiber bikes, was bringing a line of performance running shoes to the U.S., we were skeptical. Then we tried them. The Makani II was simply the most speed-inspiring and enjoyable shoe in our test. Most shoes this light feel like flimsy racing flats, not trainers. But the Makani has a carbon plate embedded in the midsole that creates structure without bulk, delivering support for low-grade overpronators and fatiguing long runs. "I ran ten miles fast," said one tester, "and my legs weren't tired like they'd be in other shoes." Comfortable? That's an understatement. The two-piece, socklike upper teams up with a supportive heel cradle for a secure and agile-feeling fit, and the midsole cushioning, though softer in the forefoot than most, felt perfectly balanced—cushy but not squishy, not too flexy but not too firm. 10.1 oz; scottusa.com
Stability: 3.5 (out of 5)
Softness: 3.7
Speed: 5
$110

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