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Adidas adiZero RC

Adidas adiZero RC

The adiZero RC definitely has the fast feel of a racing flat, but offers a bit more support than some of the other top choices. A very generous toe-box is also a welcome feature for the long-distance walker. This shoe just feels good right out of the box! Olympic hopeful Susan Armenta will be wearing her adiZeros in the Olympic 20k Racewalk Trials, and hopefully in Beijing. Susan says “I'll be using my Adidas Adizero RCs (at the Trials). I love them because they are super light, flexible, and breathable. They are perfect for racing!” Another Beijing hopeful, Mike Tarantino, will be wearing them in the men’s 20k. According to Mike, “the adiZero RC is light, has a low profile with solid stability in the heel without being too rigid. The midsole construction is ideal for the rolling foot action in racewalking.”

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New Balance RC1001

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The New Balance RC1001 is designed for the neutral to under-pronator who requires lightweight cushioning. It’s a responsive racing flat suitable for marathons and 50ks, but it’s definitely fast enough for 5ks. Three-time 50k Olympian Philip Dunn loves their breathability and will wear them in the Olympic 50k in Beijing. Two-time 20k Olympian Tim Seaman is another fan.

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  • Weight: 7.6 ounces
  • Absorb® cushioning in both heel and forefoot for exceptional shock absorption
  • Synthetic/mesh upper provides lightweight comfort and support
  • N-Durance® solid rubber outsole provides longwearing durability with blown rubber forefoot for lightweight cushioning
  • Stability web arch provides lightweight mid-foot support
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Mizuno Wave Revolver 5

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This is a great shoe! If you can get past the Smurfelicious color scheme, you’ll love the flexible support of the Wave Revolver.

The designers at Mizuno must have used a little Smurf magic to make such a lightweight shoe so comfortable. They feel fast on the road - or track - for a blazing 5k, but have enough cushioning to get you through a marathon or 50k.

The Revolver’s firm Wave plate and low profile midsole make it quite protective in terms of reducing foot flex and roll.

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  • Weight: 7.7 ounces. Designed for mild to moderate over-pronation
  • SmoothRide engineered Fan Wave disperses shock
  • “ap” midsole resists compression and provides extra durability
  • AIRmesh upper provides outstanding durability. Microfiber overlays provide support
  • X10 carbon rubber provides durability in heel. Solid rubber in forefoot
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Asics GEL-Hyper Speed 2

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The GEL-Hyper Speed 2 is a lighter-weight, more flexible version of the already cloud-like DS Racer. Weighing in at only 6.9 ounces, the Hyper Speed 2 still manages to provide adequate support for the long haul despite a very low heel. Ben Shorey wore his Gel-Hyper Speed 2s to a personal best in the IAAF Racewalking World Cup 50k in Russia in May 2008.

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  • Weight: 6.9 Ounces
  • Lightweight neutral racer
  • Open mesh upper provides excellent comfort and breathability
  • Molded EVA midsole is combined with the GEL® cushioning system that attenuates shock during the impact phase
  • Magic Soleâ„¢ outsole minimizes weight and maximizes durability. AHAR® Heel Plug placed in critical areas of the outsole for increased durability
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Adidas adiZero RC

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The adiZero RC definitely has the fast feel of a racing flat, but offers a bit more support than some of the other top choices. A very generous toe-box is also a welcome feature for the long-distance walker. This shoe just feels good right out of the box! Olympic hopeful Susan Armenta will be wearing her adiZeros in the Olympic 20k Racewalk Trials, and hopefully in Beijing. Susan says “I'll be using my Adidas Adizero RCs (at the Trials). I love them because they are super light, flexible, and breathable. They are perfect for racing!” Another Beijing hopeful, Mike Tarantino, will be wearing them in the men’s 20k. According to Mike, “the adiZero RC is light, has a low profile with solid stability in the heel without being too rigid. The midsole construction is ideal for the rolling foot action in racewalking.”

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  • Weight: 6.9 ounces. Designed for neutral pronation and supination
  • Perforated upper for superior breathability; air mesh lining for comfort and breathability
  • TORSION® SYSTEM provides adaptive midfoot support
  • adiPRENE® under the heel for superior cushioning at impact. adiPRENE®+ in the forefoot maintains propulsion and efficiency
  • adiWEAR® outsole in the heel for durability, blown rubber in the forefoot for lightweight traction
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Nike Air Zoom Marathoner

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Designed for elite marathon runners this is a serious racing shoe that can also withstand the rigors of high-mileage training. The Air Zoom Marathoner is a great balance between light weight and support for the long haul.

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  • Weight: 8.8 ounces. Very lightweight upper mesh panels add breathability
  • Soft frame reduced number of seams offers supple feel and support
  • Flat-profile Phylonâ„¢ midsole delivers cushioning and needed support for long-distance racewalkers
  • Heel Zoom Airâ„¢ unit for responsive cushioning
  • Full-length carbon rubber outsole brings durability with minimal thickness to save weight
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Brooks T5

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The only thing keeping the Brooks T5 out of the top five is its short lifespan. The T5 is fast, comfortable, and adequately supportive, but the outsole that Brooks promotes as “abrasion resistant” tends to wear through to the midsole fairly quickly. If you can forgive them that flaw, this shoe feels fantastic to wear, and is lightning fast. Save them for races rather than for every day wear and you’ll probably fall in love with the T5.

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  • Weight: 6.2 ounces.
  • Built for the neutral to under-pronator who requires lightweight cushioning
  • Breathable mesh upper ensures a comfortable footbed
  • HydroFlow® cushioning absorbs heel-strike impact
  • Recommended for distances of up to a half marathon
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Nike Zoom Air Streak XC

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Nike has a way of making racers so light you can forget you’re wearing them. At 5.6 ounces, the Air Streak XC is no exception. Probably better saved for shorter races and speed sessions, the Air Streak XC does have a long-lasting outsole, but the trade-off between weight and stability means they might not be the best choice for longer-distance workouts. The Air Zoom Streak XC has such a low heel and thin midsole that you can practically fold it in half with little effort. Again, great for speed, but not supportive enough for most heavier or long-distance racewalkers.

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  • Weight: 5.6 ounces.
  • Minimal and glove-like fitting upper with heel lobes for comfort fit
  • Full-length Phylonâ„¢ midsole. Durable BRS 1000â„¢ carbon rubber in the heel
  • Heel Zoom Airâ„¢ unit provides fast, low-profile cushioning
  • Forefoot Duralonâ„¢ rubber pods add articulate flexibility and cushioning
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Loco Bandito

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Loco is a new brand that has become very popular with racewalkers. The Bandito is a no-frills shoe without a lot of extra bells and whistles. They are very flexible, but also have more cushioning than most racing flats. They may feel a bit “slower” than less cushiony flats, but the added support may be just the thing for marathon walkers.

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  • Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Dual density EVA midsole
  • Fully slip-lasted
  • Grooved carbon-rubber outsole for durability
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Pearl Izumi Streak

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Better known in triathlon circles, the Pearl Izumi is earning converts in the racewalking arena. The Streak is designed for use in distances ranging from 5k to the marathon. Forefoot grooves and a low-profile design make the Streak feel fast, but they are also designed with comfort in mind. Excellent cushioning and durability in a lightweight racer makes the Streak a winner all around.

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  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Skydex® forefoot and heel crash pad deliver miles of protection and cushioned comfort
  • Forefoot flex grooves for a smooth, efficient ride
  • High-performance dual-density EVA midsole provides maximum shock absorption
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Saucony Grid Fastwitch 2 Speed and Fastwitch 2 Endurance

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Saucony actually has two Fastwich racers: the Speed and the Endurance. Both are excellent choices for racewalkers. The Endurance offers a bit more support, the Speed a faster feel. The Endurance is a great pick for heavier walkers who still want to knock out the miles, or for those suffering from plantar-fasciitis. The added “stiffness” under the arch makes for a somewhat slower transition to the forefoot, but that’s a fair trade-off if it prevents sore feet in the later miles of marathon or long training walk.

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  • Weight: Speed: 7.6 ounces, Endurance: 8.1 ounces
  • Lightweight and breathable Air-Mesh upper
  • Dri-Lex lining wicks moisture away from the foot and is very quick drying
  • Compression molded EVA midsole. Midfoot support bridge keeps the foot neutral in the midfoot phase of the gait cycle. Ionic Grid Cushioning system provides heel cushioning through the use of molded pillars
  • Low profile carbon rubber outsole. XT-900 is a carbon rubber outsole material that offers exceptional traction properties without sacrificing durability

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