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EMMAUS, PA — January 25, 2016 Runner’s World, the largest and most influential media brand in the running space, highlights and reviews 23 of the best new running shoes on the market in the Spring Shoe Guide for the March 2016 issue of Runner’s World, on newsstands February 2. The complete reviews, including video and in-depth, interactive information on each shoe, will be available online upon the release of the issue at

Four shoes were cited best in class: Editor’s Choice: Saucony Hurricane ISO 2; Best Update: Brooks Transcend 3; Best Debut: Mizuno Wave Catalyst; Best Buy: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V2. The Runner’s World Shoe Guide features the Shoe Finder, a decision tree that poses a series of questions to readers whose answers will create a selection of shoes best suited to help readers run better, faster and injury-free.  Here are the criteria for each award, along with the Runner’s World review for each winner:

Editor’s Choice represents an outstanding shoe that successfully combines the highest-quality design and technology. The winner received the highest marks from the Shoe Lab, the wear-testers and the editors.

Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 ($160)

The newest version of the Hurricane combines all of Saucony’s technologies to create a ride that is comfy, cushioned, responsive, and stable. Testers’ highest praise was reserved for the fit and comfort of the well-padded, two-layer upper that hugs the heel and midfoot while providing plenty of room up front for your toes. New for this version are layers of Everun material in the midsole—one in the heel and one placed just below the sockliner, where it cradles your foot as it sinks in and then bounces back as you push off. The new triangle- lugged outsole design improves the shoe’s flexibility, while firmer material under the inside of the heel and arch controls inward rolling.

Best Update recognizes a significant improvement made to an existing model.

Brooks Transcend 3 ($170)

Brooks reimagined the Transcend in this third version, making it lighter and less bulky while still providing a protective ride. The geometry of the Transcend, with its wide, straight stance and built-up “guiderails” along the sides of the midsole, is intended to let your foot move in its preferred pattern while keeping it from straying too far and causing trouble. In this version, the guiderails are softer and the toe more turned up to allow a quicker roll. The upper is also more pliable, with three layers of mesh wrapping the foot. Testers loved the improved fit and ride and found that the sole provided great cushioning without compromising stability or road feel.

Best Debut points to a new release that received high marks from the Shoe Lab, from wear-testers and from the editors.

Mizuno Wave Catalyst ($110)

The new Wave Catalyst is a classic Mizuno light-but-stable performance shoe. The snug and supportive upper wraps from heel to arch, while soft mesh provides flexibility from the ball of the foot forward. The sole is low, wide, and firmly responsive, providing just enough cushioning for protection without slowing your turnover. The Wave plate, a plastic layer embedded in the midsole, is notched on the outside to reduce weight and rigidity, with steep, short waves under the arch to provide light structure. Designed to deliver the support of the Elixir with the cushioning of the original Sayonara, the Catalyst should please fans of both, as well as runners new to the brand.

Best Buy acknowledges a shoe that offers the best fit and function for its price. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V2 ($100)

When the Zante came out last year, we loved its light, fast ride and the way the shoe seemed to bring out the best in new Balance’s Fresh Foam, finding the sweet spot between cushioning and responsiveness. Many testers, however, had trouble with the fit, which hugged the arch tightly. In v2, New Balance opened up the fit around the arch and extended the midfoot saddle farther forward. Most testers approved, particularly those with narrow feet. Other changes in v2: The forefoot is more cushioned, and the outsole has thicker rubber with tiny cuts to improve flexibility. While it’s a bit more shoe, testers found the new version to be an accessibly priced and comfortable trainer.

About the Runner’s World Shoe Lab and Wear Test

Every shoe reviewed by Runner’s World is first bench-tested at the Runner’s World Shoe Lab—an independent testing facility in Portland, OR. All shoes are flexed, pounded and prodded to see how well they perform.  Shoes are then matched to one of 350 “wear-testers” in one of our three wear-test centers across the country based on their individual biomechanical needs and the shoe's performance characteristics. Testers, who must log at least 25 miles per week, run in the shoes for about a month before submitting their evaluations, noting their total mileage run in each shoe and rating it for qualities including weight, traction, cushioning, support, lacing system and upper material comfort, among other categories. Runner’s World is the only magazine in the world to independently test running shoes in this way, in order to give its editors the most objective means necessary to determine which shoes are most deserving of award status. Because Runner’s World only tests and reviews the best products available, shoes that have been tested may use the “Tested by the Runner’s World Shoe Lab” label.

About Runner’s World

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Monday, January 25, 2016