Runner’s World recently released their “Fall Shoe Guide 2013,” including their coveted Editor’s Choice award. Runner’s World reviewers do a good job. In addition to all of their individual testers, RW uses an independent testing facility in Portland, Oregon to mechanically test each shoe and compare them against average running shoes for cushioning and flexibility. Here are the big award-winning shoes for this season, including two “Editor’s Choice” winners.
Runner’s World Editor’s Choice Award Winner – Saucony Omni 12
This shoe scored high for comfort and ride. It’s a light shoe with good support and cushioning, and a super soft forefoot. The stability makes it a bit stiff but it provides the necessary support. If you need stability and still want a fast shoe, check out the Saucony Omni 12.
Runner’s World Editor’s Choice Award Winner – Brooks Ghost 6
The Brooks Ghost 6 is a full ounce lighter than last year’s model. This model also benefits from an improvement in “how fluidly the shoe rolls from the heel-strike to the toe-off.” (Brooks took the plastic shank out of the arch and filled it in with foam and rubber.) The Ghost 6 is a great balance of weight, cushioning and durability.
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Runner’s World Best Debut Award Winner – Mizuno Wave Sayonara
The Sayonara uses Mizuno’s new midsole compound the “U4ic,” a lighter foam that provides similar cushioning as previous Mizuno versions. The Sayonara weighs 1.2 ounces less than last year’s award-winning Editor’s Choice Mizuno Wave Precision. It’s lightweight and delivers a firmer ride than the Precision; plus, the Sayonara has enough support for longer runs.
Runner’s World Best Update Award Winner – New Balance 1260 v3
An ounce lighter than the v2, yet with even more cushioning. The 1260 v3 also has more forefoot flexibility. This is a supportive, stable shoe—perfect for big runners—yet it doesn’t feel clunky.