Saucony Kinvara 3
Credit: Photograph by Travis Rathbone

BEST FOR: Efficient runners looking for a speedy, minimalist shoe

Weight: 7.7 oz  Drop: 4mm

The third iteration of the featherweight Kinvara features a filmlike structure welded to its mesh upper that reduces layering, saves weight, and improves the shoe's flexibility. Its hard ride is more Porsche Boxster than cushy Lexus, but we found much to like: "It offers a lot in bounce-back for what it might lack in cushioning," said one tester. Another claimed the "flexible and sprawling foot feel" took some getting used to. But all agreed: These kicks are fast. [$100;]