The 6 Best Road Running Shoes for Spring 2019
Whatever you want—more support, a quicker turnover, or built-in data tracking—these runners have it
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As winter loosens its icy grip, it’s time to gear up and hit the road. And these running shoes make it fast, fun, and comfortable.
Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper ($135)
Best For: Setting PRs
When going fast is your priority, step into this fun speedster. At 6.4 ounces and with a 27-millimeter stacked heel, the Razor 3 Hyper boasts the best weight-to-cushion ratio of all the shoes we tested. The tight upper boosts control, while the EVA midsole delivers one of the most launch-you-forward rides of any shoe on the market.
6.4 oz; 4 mm drop
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 ($160)
Best For: Unmatched comfort
Roomy and smooth riding, the Triumph ISO 5 is the Cadillac of daily trainers, a stable cruiser best suited to slow and moderate days. With 28 millimeters of resilient TPU, this shoe is a cushion lover’s dream. Saucony’s new footbed contours around your heel like a bucket seat, providing a truly dialed-in fit.
11.4 oz (men’s) / 10 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop
Under Armour Hovr Infinite ($120)
Best For: The data conscious
There’s no shoe more feature rich than the new Hovr Infinite. Its midsole has a soft core wrapped in mesh for a plush yet snappy feel. And a chip in the midsole syncs via Bluetooth with the MapMyRun app to record pace, stride, and cadence.
10.8 oz (men’s) / 8.8 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop
Hoka One One Cavu 2 ($110)
Best For: Bounce on a budget
Hoka’s Cavu 2 has minimal cushioning on the tongue and around the heel, a 21-millimeter stack height (thin for Hoka), and breezy mesh. All that made the shoe airy, while the zippy midsole pushed us down the road.
7.2 oz (men’s) / 5.8 oz (women’s, pictured); 5 mm drop
Brooks Ravenna 10 ($110)
Best For: Controlling pronation
The newest Ravenna has Brooks’s GuideRail technology—thin pieces of dense foam under the arch and outer heel that function like bumpers for your foot, keeping it straight. And the shoe keeps its generous 24.5-millimeter stack height in the heel.
9.4 oz (men’s) / 8.3 oz (women’s, pictured); 10 mm drop
361 Degrees Meraki 2 ($130)
Best For: Going the distance
This everyday trainer is our high-mileage favorite. The upper has webbing that keeps your foot locked in, while a padded tongue and heel cup offer comfort. The combo of a peppy midsole and a springy carbon-fiber shank boosts energy return and fights fatigue.
9.6 oz (men’s, pictured) / 8 oz (women’s); 9 mm drop