In the final installment of Wear Tested Top 5 series, this is a compilation of the top racing minimalist shoes. Racing shoes or racers are similar to road running shoes but with almost no cushioning, almost no protection, super flexible, and ultra lightweight. Most runners don't train in racers but I've been running in them for the past 4 years, day in day out. Yes, you can train and race in the same racing shoes. But we are all different so be careful. Take it slow, listen to your body (and feet), and adjust.
Merrell Vapor Glove
Light and low, the Merrell Vapor Glove captures the essence of minimalist running. Built with a zero drop platform and a thin midsole that allows you to get connected to the ground. A breathable mesh upper wraps over the foot for comfort and security, and a sticky rubber Vibram outsole offers excellent durability and traction on the road.
Read the full Merrell Vapor Glove review here.
Mizuno Wave Universe 5
The Mizuno Wave Universe 5 is a featherweight racer designed for one thing: performance. This shoe features an innovative U4ic midsole for a light and responsive ride, while a thin mesh upper provides a secure lock down. Lace up the Universe 5 for your next road race and hunt down that PR.
New Balance RC5000
The New Balance RC5000 tops the charts in ultra light racing flats. Designed for speed work and racing up to 10,000 meters, this shoe includes a thin, airy midsole with strategically placed rubber underfoot for lightweight traction. The streamlined upper has a barely-there feel and a snug race day fit. In a package weighting just over 3 ounces, the RC5000 is one extreme performance tool.
Read the full New Balance RC5000 review here.
SKORA PHASE is constructed using the latest lamination techniques, with a minimal single-layer mesh upper and laminated reflective details. With an asymmetric lacing system and unique IBR outsole, PHASE provides maximum performance with minimum weight and interference. Zero-drop, 11mm stack height.
Read the full SKORA PHASE review here.
Available on SKORA online store.
Topo Athletic RR
Fast and light, the RR is Topo Athletic's performance running shoe. It is an example of engineering that manages to be both elegantly simple and technically advanced at the same time. Dial in the premium Boa Closure System for a secure, customized fit and get ready to fly in the lightest performance runner in the Topo collection.
Read the full Topo Athletic RR review here.