Pearl Izumi Kissaki

Kissaki shoes

Kissaki shoes     Photo: Courtesy of Pearl Izumi

BEST FOR: High-mileage marathon training and racing. THE TEST: The Kissaki’s crazy color combo was the first thing testers noticed, but they were most struck by how well it handled long, hard runs out on the asphalt. Although a few testers wished for a little more flex through the midfoot, most reported that the responsive Energy Foam rubber in the heel and forefoot never felt squishy or deformed, even after 90-minute runs—impressive for a shoe that weighs only 8.3 ounces. Pearl Izumi’s claim that the upper is “seamless” isn’t exactly right (there’s a long one connecting the tongue to the upper), but it was certainly comfortable. THE VERDICT: A neutral road shoe that won’t quit on long runs—although for $130, it should really do the running for you. 8.3 oz

Brand: Pearl Izumi $130

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