2019 Run Shoes and Gear of the Year Articles

Article by Sam Winebaum

Our reviewers  tested over 145 running shoes, apparel, and gear products in 2019, logging thousands of miles and many races. They share their favorites of the year in the individual articles below.

Not every reviewer ran in every shoe be it road or trail and we had more pairs for some models than others but some clear favorites emerged.

The Skechers Performance Speed TRL Hyper (RTR Review) was either the top shoe, biggest smiles, or honorable mention for every trail reviewer (and even a mostly roadie) who ran it. 
At an amazing 8 oz with plenty of cushion, upper support, and protection it is as Dom Layfield put it:  "This was a breath of fresh air in the trail shoe world". On a "consensus" basis it is the top vote getter of any 2019 shoe. 
The Hoka One One Speedgoat 4 (RTR Review) or lighter, more flexible EVO Speedgoat (RTR Reviewwere on several lists as trail shoe of the year or best all arounder.
No surprise the Nike Next% (RTR Review) was on many lists as the ultimate longer race shoe for its amazing cushion and dynamism at a sub 7 oz weight.
For shorter road races the Skechers Performance GoMeb Speed 6 Hyper (RTR Review) was a clear favorite of the team. A midfoot carbon plate and Hyper Burst made it a rocket.

The road training category saw a number of favorites each getting more than one nod : Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2 (RTR Review, New Balance 1080v10 (RTR Review, ASICS Glideride (RTR Review, Saucony Triumph 17 (RTR Review),Hoka Carbon X (RTR Review), Topo Zephyr (RTR Review, Skechers Max Road 4  (RTR Reviewand Razor 3 (RTR Review).

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Our Reviewers Individual Best of 2019 Articles!

Jeff Beck
Jeff Valliere

Peter Stuart
Hope Wilkes

Mac Jeffries

Sam Winebaum

Michael Ellenberger

Dom Layfield
Sally Reiley

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Andy said...

Would be great if RTR would show the indicative height and weight (in both cm-kg and ft-lbs) as lighter and heavier runner's may respond differently to mid soles of varying firmness and rebound.


Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Andy,
That's a great idea. I asked reviewers to list their height and weights and only two have done so and I include in tester profiles, me, our slightest reviewer Sally and our tallest and I think heaviest reviewer Mac. Will try again as it is useful to know as you rightly point out.
Sam, Editor

Bubu said...

Just a note, the RTR Review link to Skechers Performance Speed TRL Hyper points to the hoka-one-one-evo-speedgoat-multi-tester
Thanks !

Sam Winebaum said...

Hi Bubu,
Thanks for letting me know. Much appreciated, Corrected. Happy New Year!
Sam, Editor