The Charge RC introduced a new upper construction and midsole to Under Armour’s running line, and now its sibling, the Charge RC II Racer, does the same for competition. The upper has two parts: a supportive, closed mesh in the split rearfoot that locks down the foot, and a stretchy forefoot of closed mesh with no-sew overlays that moves with the foot.
The introduction of the Race Rocker brought the AeroFoam midsole into the Scott lineup. Its effectiveness—a light, tough, and responsive foam formulation—has fueled its permeation through the entire line, from racing to training to trail. The midsole remains unchanged, thanks to the effectiveness of its low profile, resiliency, and durability.
The Fastwitch has been a racing staple in the Saucony line for nearly a decade. Round 6 continues to focus on racing while zeroing in on some specific features. The midsole retains the high-quality EVA and dual-density design, along with its low-profile geometry from Round 5.
On Running produces shoes with a unique feel; its Cloudracer is the lightest iteration of the Cloudtec technology. While not the lightest of racers available today, it’s aimed at providing protection and energy return, and it’s best suited to longer races.
Mizuno has had a strong connection to road racing via its well-designed racing shoes available at multiple performance and price levels. The Ekiden is named for one of Japan’s historically iconic events, a road racing relay of Super Bowl proportions.