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Need new running shoes? Here are eight great new models to consider.
We put more than 40 new road and trail running shoes through a rigorous wear-testing process this spring and here are our eight award-winners.

 
 

361° USA Volitation, $110

While new to selling shoes in the U.S. market, 361° is hardly new to the world of manufacturing running shoes. (In fact, it’s one of the world’s largest brands.) The magic of the Volitation comes from a dual-density midsole made from traditional EVA foam and a second layer of foam and rubber sealed with thermoplastic polyurethane. The result is a very softly cushioned ride with amazing resiliency. The air mesh upper combined with the guidance and shock absorption of the midsole and strategically placed wear-resistant rubber outsole blend nicely for a controlled and firm trainer that kept testers moving over many a shock-dispersed mile. The Volitation has a plush heel collar and padded tongue to provide a snug, comfortable fit. However, a few wear-testers thought the toe box was a bit too narrow on the lateral side.  Weights: 10.4 oz. (men’s 9.0), 8.8 oz. (women’s 7.0); Heel-Toe Offset: 9mm; 21mm (heel), 12mm (forefoot)

 
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