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Race Day: Which carbon shoe works best for me?

Race Day: Which carbon shoe works best for me?

22. 4. 2022 2 min. reading

Since that, almost all major brands have carbon shoes on the market. We show you the differences in these fast running shoes

Nike has started the trend of carbon shoes in competitions and really carried it to the masses. Since that, almost all major brands have established competition shoes with carbon soles on the market. Are you unsure which one is the right fit for you? Then keep reading. We compare the latest models of the brands and show the differences.


The current models differ mostly in terms of the drop: the range goes from 5 to a double drop of 10mm. Most models are exactly in between with 8mm. The weight of the shoes also differs. The Cloudboom Echo is the heaviest shoe weighing a still very light 220g, the FuelCell RC Elite v2 with 183g is the lightest shoe in our offer. It is also noticeable that almost all brands rely on a continuous carbon plate throughout the shoe.

In our table, we have summarized the most important key data with cushioning, material, drop, weight and type of carbon plate:

  ZoomX Vaporfly Next%2 Adizero Adios Pro 2 ASICS Metaspeed Sky PUMA Deviate Nitro Elite Racer The North Face Flight Vectiv
Carbonplate Full-length Energyrods Full-length Full-length Full-length
Foam ZoomX Lightstrike Pro Flytefoam Blast Turbo™ Nitro Foam  SurfaceCTRL
Upper Engineered mesh Celermesh 2.0 Multi-directional mesh seamless, breathable breathable
Drop 8mm 10mm 5mm 8 mm 6 mm
Weight 187g 215g 199g 198 g 285 g


  EndorphinPro2 CloudboomEcho FuelCellRCElitev2 Nike Air Zoom AlphaFLY NEXT% CRAFT CTM Ultra Carbon 2
Carbonplate Full-length Carbon-infused Speedboard® Full-length Full-length Full-length
Foam Pwrrun PB Cloudtec, Helion FuelCell ZoomX Nitro
Upper Mesh Engineered mesh Knit Engineered mesh seamless, breathable
Drop 8 mm 9 mm 8 mm 8 mm 8 mm
Weight 213 g 220 g 183 g 187g 198 g


As always, you can find all these models at Top4Running. So, which running shoe would you like?

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