Nike Air Streak Ventulus £64.99

Weight 164g
Evaluation Nike says this is ‘great for all road-race distances up to the marathon for efficient runners’. At 164g, we’d probably change that to ‘up to 5K’ for all but elite runners. It actually has reasonably perky cushioning (though we use the word ‘cushioning’ guardedly), but the Japanese-targeted design is so narrow that many Western runners will feel as though they’re running on half a shoe. For the record, there’s a 4mm Zoom Air unit in the rearfoot, and wet-traction rubber in the heel and forefoot.