Lightweight Running Shoes Reviews

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Weight
8 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Asics Gel DS Trainer 25 is a shoe that gives just the right amount of support with outsole traction that rivals trail shoes.  It is complemented by a knit upper that feels and fits...” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
8.7 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Skechers GOrun Ride 8 is a budget-conscious option for a daily trainer with a lot of upside. These shoes hit a ton of high notes while keeping costs fairly low.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“I have not run in the Brooks Launch since versions 4 and 5, so for me, the Brooks Launch 7 marked a radical break from those versions of the shoe.  Although, runners accustomed to the ride...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“Asics iterated on their DYNAFLYTE line to include a redesigned upper while keeping their original goals of supplying a fast and light trainer for athletes ready to push their limits.  Not...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
8.2 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Shadow 3 has shed many of the quirks that have held it back. The shoe has now developed into a go to choice for for uptempo sessions or road racing.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
7.7 oz.
Drop
5 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Hoka One One Rincon quickly became one of my favorite long-run shoes. The combination of lightweight while also providing such over-the-top cushion is truly a joy for the long run.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The New Balance FuelCell Rebel is a super-fast racing flat that offers cushion despite the light weight packaging. Although it has a higher price tag, these are easily worth it if you run and race 5k...” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.2 oz.
Drop
mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Altra Escalante 2.0 is, without a doubt, my go to road running shoe at the moment. From the track to the road, a training run to race day, the Escalante 2.0 can do it all!” Read expert review
Denny Krahe
Running Coach and Podcast Host.
Weight
7.2 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Nike Pegasus Turbo 2 is here to rock your workout and push you to long distance racing PRs.  The best in Nike’s foam technology doesn’t come cheap though, so it’s best appreciated...” Read expert review
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Weight
8.9 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“The Zoom Fly 3 is the “affordable” version of the Nike premium distance racing shoes. While this is the tier below the Vaporfly 4% and Next% shoes, the Zoom Fly 3 come with premium Nike running...” Read expert review
Andrew Leibowitz
Running Expert

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