Now there’s a nip in the air and the nights are closing in, the fit and healthy will be turning their minds and feet towards running to stay in shape through winter.
And if you’re someone just looking to get started, there’s no better place to start than by investing in a decent pair of trainers.
Consumer organisation, Choice, recently rated some of the most popular running shoes on sole endurance and grip to find out which came out on top.
And while competition from the likes of Asics, Adidas, Puma and Skechers was fiercely close with many ending up with similar or the same scores, here, FEMAIL rounds up the surprising results.
Consumer organisation, Choice , recently rated some of the most popular running shoes on sole endurance and grip to find out which came out on top (stock image)
While competition from the likes of Asics, Adidas, Puma and Skechers was fiercely close with many ending up with similar scores, FEMAIL rounds up the surprising results (stock image)
Choice gave a ‘recommended’ stamp to seven of their 20 shoes tested, but only two received their top score of 85 per cent – shoes by Asics and Skechers (left and right)
How Choice rated the running shoes
* Sole endurance: To determine the level of sole wear across the average lifespan of a shoe (500–700km), Choice replicated approximately 75km of use with a running rig.
* Grip: To determine resistance on wet concrete and tiles.
* Choice testers wanted to know which shoes last the longest, so they could purchase a pair with longevity that matched the price point.
* They also wanted to know how shoes performed on different surfaces. Concrete was selected due to its prevalence in footpaths. Tile was also selected as it is commonly used in densely populated areas such as malls, shopping centres and some train stations.
According to Choice, each pair of the shoes was ‘ran through their paces to find which has the best grip and which sole wears out the fastest’.
‘You might be familiar with the pain of purchasing an expensive pair of running shoes only to have them wear out sooner than expected, or that unpleasant feeling of suddenly having no traction on certain surfaces because the grip on your shoes wasn’t as good as you thought,’ Choice reported.
‘It’s almost impossible to know how a pair of running shoes will hold up over time and in different environments – which is why we tested them.’
The consumer organisation pitted the likes of popular running shoe brand, Asics, against the more unconventional like Skechers, as well as including the major sports brands of Adidas and Nike.
Choice gave a ‘recommended’ stamp to seven of their 20 shoes tested, but only two received their top score of 85 per cent – shoes by Asics and Skechers.
Saucony’s Ride 10 running shoes (pictured) – which cost $180 – had an overall score of 80 per cent
Choice’s top 20 running shoes
1. Asics Gel-Venture 6 – $110 – overall score 85 per cent.
Joint 1. Skechers Go Run 400-Generate – $120 – overall score 85 per cent.
2. Skechers Go Train Endurance – $160 – overall score 80 per cent.
Joint 2. Saucony Ride 10 – $180 – overall score 80 per cent.
Joint 2. Brooks Ghost 10 – $220 – overall score 80 per cent.
Joint 2. Under Armour Charged Lightning – $120 – overall score 80 per cent.
Joint 2. New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V1 – $150 – overall score 80 per cent.
Joint 2. Hoka One One M Arahi – $240 – overall score 80 per cent.
3. Mizuno Wave Rider 20 – $200 – overall score 75 per cent.
Joint 3. Puma Speed Ignite Netfit – $200 – overall score 75 per cent.
Joint 3. Brooks Revel – $180 – overall score 75 per cent.
Joint 3. Reebok Astroride Duo Edge – $95 – overall score 75 per cent.
4. Asics Gel-Kinsei 6 – $300 – overall score 70 per cent.
5. Nike Lunar Converge Bts – $115 – overall score 65 per cent.
Joint 5. Puma Valor Mesh – $120 – overall score 65 per cent.
6. Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Parley – $300 – overall score 60 per cent.
Joint 6. Nike Air Max 2017 – $240 – overall score 60 per cent.
7. Reebok All Terrain Super 3.0 – $150 – overall score 55 per cent.
Joint 7. New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V7 – $240 – overall score 55 per cent.
8. Adidas Mana Bounce 2 M Aramis – $120 – overall score 40 per cent.
The Nike Air Max 2017 running shoes (pictured) – which cost $240 – gained an overall score 60 per cent
The Hoka One One M Arahi trainers (pictured) also came in joint second place – these cost $240 and have an overall score of 80 per cent
Coming out on top were the Asics Gel-Venture 6 shoes, which retail for $110 and scored an impressive 90 per cent in sole endurance and 65 per cent in grip.
Joint first place was filled by Skechers’ Go Run 400-Generate, which also had an 85 per cent score overall and cost $120.
Their sole endurance was ranked at 90 per cent, while their grip score was marginally higher than that of the Asics shoes, at 70 per cent.
Following these two joint first options were other trainers by Skechers, Saucony, Brooks, Under Armour, New Balance and Hoka One, which all scored an impressive 80 per cent overall.
The Puma Speed Ignite Netfit shoes (pictured) came in joint third with an overall score 75 per cent – they cost $200
The Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Parley shoes (pictured) cost $300 – with an overall score 60 per cent
When it came to the big sports brands, options by Puma – the Puma Speed Ignite Netfit costing $200 – received a 75 per cent score.
Reebok Astroride Duo Edge shoes for $95 scored 75 per cent, while the $115 Nike Lunar Converge Bts scored 65 per cent.
Adidas’s popular Ultraboost Uncaged Parley scored 60 per cent.
The top 20 was rounded out by the New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V7, which scored 55 per cent, the Reebok All Terrain Super 3.0, which also scored 55 per cent, and the Adidas Mana Bounce 2 M Aramis, which scored just 40 per cent in grip and sole endurance.
Pause for thought before you hit the pavements this winter.
To read more from Choice, visit the website here. You can also read the full results here.