Carson Iguana Racer

Carson is a Portland, Oregon based brand which makes zero drop running shoes in the U.S.A. The Iguana Racer is a little wild, and different from other racers. The upper is a mini-mesh with a sublimated graphic of a lizard’s eye and scales on each side, supported by minimal overlays at the heel and toe. The fit is generous without feeling too loose or sloppy, thanks to the sueded ankle collar and foam, but leans toward the neutral footed without heel counter or additional external support. The midsole and outersole are made from a polyurethane blend which doubles for both traction and cushioning. The midsole is a low profile 10 millimeter stack height that flexes well, and features minimal, though a decent amount of cushioning. The platform is full-contact to get as much stability and traction from the sole as possible. The outersole is covered with low profile lugs which grip well on the road, but even better on natural surfaces. While a bit heavier than some other racers, many will find the Iguana Racer one of the more versatile. Orders are through the website, including the fitting process at:

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Testers: “Good fit, secure but not tight anywhere. Good traction especially in the dirt or on trails. Enough cushion for racing, but not so thin that they can’t take more. Great graphics!”

Price: $204

Sizes: Men 8–13; women 6–9

Weight: 8.9 oz. (men’s 11); 7.2 oz. (women’s 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Fit: close heel, roomy forefoot

For: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics