The trainers here were reviewed by Carl Austin, MF's resident running shoe buff and the founder of ransacker.co.uk (opens in new tab), the shoe comparison website.
Brooks Ghost 2
This Brooks shoe is one of the lightest pieces of footwear around but punches above its weight in cushioning and comfort. It’s fast and flexible, making it ideal for speed sessions, but it struggles over longer distances and the grip lacks bite on loose ground.
Mizuno Wave Creation 11
This is Mizuno’s flagship neutral trainer and the extra attention to detail pays dividends. It feels firm and secure underfoot, which is a rare commodity for a neutral shoe. Ideal for heavier runners, it provides a responsive and springy ride.
Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7
The previous version was awesome and this one hits even greater heights. Soft, snug and streamlined, the Triumph 7 is a real joy to run in. The cushioning on impact has been refined and the lockdown of the midfoot improved. Definitely the equal of anything from the bigger brands.
New Balance 758
A lightweight, durable number that won’t break the bank. NB includes everything that you need from a neutral running shoe plus the added bonuses of a Lightning Dry upper, a Sure Lace lacing system and enough grip to cope with light trail runs.
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