The new Arahi takes a different approach to design; the result is a successful blend of light weight and ultra stability, which is Hoka’s most stable lightweight shoe yet. The upper is a thin, closed stretch mesh supported by 3D-printed overlays with fused overlays in the high- stress areas.
The Ravenna straddles the worlds of cushioning and stability so beautifully that it has fans from both parties. Round 8 picks up where Round 7 left off—and then pushes the envelope. The upper is a similar semi-open, criss-crossed mesh without the forefoot welded overlays.
Experience is an asset, and it’s helped the team at 361 ̊ make considerable progress in this Round 2 update. The upper trades the traditional overlays of Round 1 for lighter weight and welded support. The forefoot offers good toe room and light support withits own welded overlays.
Under Armour has shown a commitment to track and field and cross country with shoes for the sprints, distances, and hill 'n dale. The Speedform technology has proven to be quite successful for shoes which require the sleek upper fit, in particular the close fit of a distance spike. The upper is lightweight engineered mesh, with Speedform welding in the heel.
Three Olympic cycles have passed since Saucony introduced the Showdown. Version number 4 steps right in with updated improvements in fit and performance. The upper is a multilayered design, from the inside out. A gusseted tongue of soft breathable stretch mesh against the foot, and smooth heel linings to secure the fit.