Let’s look under the hood of this traditionally triathlete focused running shoe. That’s right, this shoe is made for triathelets, the folks who swim, bike AND RUN! Well, step aside three sport athletes, the runners are coming for your sock-like fitting road running shoe. In my size (7.5 US) you’re looking at an incredible 6.8 ounces (196 g), coupled with that 5 mm sweet-spot-drop in the Flytefoam midsole.
The engineered mesh upper decided to go back and marry the 1990s fluorescent colorways; the Grateful Dead called, the band wants their running shoes back! They want their running shoes back because you’re looking at THE BEST heel counter I’ve ever seen on a road running shoe. Trust me, the Hoka Mach 5 is special with the “achilles tendon hug,” but the Noosa Tri 14 takes the cake with respect to comfort and heel lock down in that pocket; yes, I would run in this shoe without socks.
On top of a special heel counter, the entire collar (what wraps around the ankle) has just the write amount of padding built in. It’s not a plush upper, border line plush (high cushion), but it creates a sock like fit that is the best for me in 2022. Don’t forget, all of this comfort is delivered in a package under 7 ounces! I could go on about this upper, but you get the gist.