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This is a comparison chart of some lightweight (i.e. under 250g) road running shoes currently on the market.
Shoes are listed in order of weight.
Asterisk (*) = figure is for an earlier version of the shoe.
Please note that RunRepeat keeps the reviews of different versions of a shoe (e.g. Mizuno Wave Universe 3, 4, 5) on the same site.
'Benefit' is a figure calculated by the Fellrnr site to show the shoe's combination of lightness and cushioning.
See also the Fellrnr articles The science of running shoes and The science of running economy

Recently added: New Balance RC 1600 v2

                                 
    UK release
(Amazon)
Wiggle Running
Warehouse
(US site)
Fellrnr
review
Runblogger
review
RunRepeat
reviews
Weight g
(size 9 US)
(RW)
Forefoot
height mm
(RW)
Heel
height mm
(RW)
Heel drop
mm
(RW)
Heel drop
loaded mm
(Fellrnr)
Cushioning
(Fellrnr)
Benefit
(Fellrnr)
   
  Mizuno Wave Universe 5 2014 link link link link link 79 11 13 2 1 3.3 3.1 Mizuno Wave Universe 5  
  New Balance RC5000 2014 - link link link - 88 11 16 5 3 4.2 7.0 New Balance RC5000  
  Saucony Endorphin Racer 2014 link link link - - 99 11 11 0 -1 4.5 7.1 Saucony Endorphin Racer  
  New Balance RC5000 v2 (not yet) - link link - - 108 11 16 5 6 5.7 9.1 New Balance MRC5000 v2  
  Asics Piranha SP 5 2015 - link - link * link 108 11 16 5 3 4.2 6.5 Asics Piranha SP 5  
  Mizuno Wave Ekiden 9 2015 link link link * link * link 136 10 15 5 6 * 3.2 * 2.2 * Mizuno Wave Ekiden 9  
  New Balance RC 1600 v2 - - link link - - 146 13 19 6 5 4.9 5.6 New Balance RC 1600 v2  
  Nike Zoom Streak LT 2 2015 link link link - link 156 18 22 4 4 5.2 6.0 Nike Zoom Streak LT 2  
  Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6 2015 link link link link link 159 15 21 6 5 6.0 6.5 Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6  
  Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 3 2015 link link - - link 173 16 22 6 4 5.1 5.0 Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 3  
  Asics Gel DS racer 10 2015 - link link link link 179 15 23 8 6 5.8 5.3 Asics Gel DS racer 10  
  Nike Free 5.0 2014 link link link * link link 215 15 23 8 6 * 4.4 * 3.2 * Nike Free 5.0  
  Saucony Kinvara 6 2015 link link link link link 221 18 22 4 3 6.5 4.9 Saucony Kinvara 6  
  Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 2014 link link - link link 230 13 23 10 11 4.0 3.0 Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2  
  Newton Distance IV 2015 link link - link * link 230 24 26 2 6.8 4.8 Newton Distance IV  
  Hoka Clifton 2 2015 - link link link link 247 24 29 5 1 7.8 5.8 Hoka Clifton 2  
  On Cloudracer 2013 - link link link link 252 24 18 6 5 4.7 3.7 On Cloudracer