b'BEST FOR VARIABLE TRAININGSalomon Sonic 3 Balance $130Long distance, tempo, even dirtthis shoe can do it all. Its new midsole, made up of a high-rebound foam atop a more cushioned layer, is meant to reduce vibration and increase shock absorption. The combination runs a little firm, which we actually liked. You dont worry about sinking in and losing energy, one tester said. Runners with feet of all shapes raved about the streamlined mesh uppers fitand comfort. Those factors, plus a full- rubber outsole, means that the Sonic 3 can handle mild trails, too. 8.9 oz (mens, pictured) / 7.6 oz (womens); 8 mm dropMOST COMFORTABLESkechers Gorun Maxroad 4Hyper $130 Skechers Hyper Burst cushioning,which is resilient and durable, thanks to a special CO 2 -heating process, helped the brand win Gear of the Year in 2019. Now its back, this time in a distance shoe that offers an amazing cush-to-weight ratio. We marveled at how the Max-road seemed to render pavement and concrete less jarring. Bouncy! Springy! testers exclaimed. Its also flexible, with durable outsole rubber only on parts of the shoe that make contact with the ground, like the heel and toe, while the rest is recessed, exposed midsole. The stretchy knit upper and socklike heel col-lar proved comfy, if a bit loose on narrow feet, so wed limit these to straightfor-ward road runs. 8.4 oz (mens, pictured) / 6.3 oz (womens); 6 mm dropBEST FOR SPEED RUNSNew Balance Fresh FoamTempo $110The Tempo features one of our favorite New Balance midsoles, Fresh Foam, which uses small convex and concave hexa-gons to offer a soft, shock-absorbing, yet springy ride. Testers raved that it ran super fast but didnt feel like a racing flat, because of the great cushioning. (The Tempo offers more flexibility and affords better ground-feel than the also speedy Hoka.) Bootie construction and embroi-dered stitching on the breathable upper around the midfoot lock you in for further fleet-footedness. This will be our go-to summer speed trainer. 9.6 oz (mens, pic-tured) / 8.4 oz (womens); 6 mm dropRUN | OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 99SBG20_RUN_GOYRoadRunners_rlsd_448454.indd 99 3/31/20 10:40 AM'