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Max Cushion • September 19, 2023

Best Running Shoes For Heavy Runners (2024)

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Our resident big guy reviewer gives his picks for running shoes that work best for heavy runners

What is a Heavy Runner?

Very generally speaking, over 200 lbs. (91 kg)

Use Range

Everything from daily trainer to race day

Introduction to the Best Shoes for Heavy Runners

When I first approached the Believe in the Run team about what I felt was a lack of online shoe reviews by bigger or heavier runners, I had hoped that I’d be able to help runners who found themselves in the same position I was: frustrated by a lack of representation in the online shoe review world. 

I would always do research on running shoes before buying, reading countless reviews, and many times ended up disappointed when getting the shoe. This may be pretty obvious, but smaller or “average” size runners experience shoes in a totally different way than bigger runners. And in case you haven’t noticed, most of the reviewers you see online aren’t built like me. It was frustrating, because every review had to be taken with a grain of salt.

The Believe in the Run crew welcomed me with open arms to be the resident Big & Tall reviewer, and Robbe gave me the nickname “The Clydesdale.” Since joining the team, I’ve been logging miles in many different shoes for review purposes, as well as others that I bought myself because they were a great deal and I’m a sucker for a bargain. When I was asked if I would consider putting together a list of what I felt in my opinion were the best shoes for bigger runners, I was stoked.

two big guys running in Baltimore

Now, I will preface this by saying this list is my list of the best running shoes for bigger or heavier runners. Obviously, there will be some subjectivity in this list, because every runner is different and what works for me as a bigger runner might not suit you. I’ve also not been able to test every or most shoes on the market, especially race day shoes… yet.

However, I believe all of the shoes on my list have attributes that I look for as a bigger runner, and I further believe they’re all worth testing out if you’re a bigger runner in the market for a new shoe. This list will be updated as I test shoes that I feel are worthy of being included here. It goes without saying, but if you want to discuss running shoes or have any questions, hit me up on Instagram and I’ll try and help you out the best I can.

Just a heads up, this list is split into two sections: daily trainers and race day shoes, with shoe models listed in alphabetical order, so read the whole way through to get the full rundown!

Best Daily Trainers for Heavy Runners

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Adidas Adizero Boston 12

$160

Use

Daily trainer

Weight

9.2 oz. (260 g) for a US M9,

7.5 oz. (215 g) for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

37 mm in heel, 30.5 mm in forefoot (6.5 mm drop)

Move over Boston 11, the Boston 12 has officially taken your spot in my rotation!  The Boston 11s had previously been one of my favorite daily trainers for bigger runners because they were firm and snappy underfoot and felt fast on the run.  The Boston 12s continue these positives, adding in just a little bit more cushioning underfoot with slightly more Lightstrike Pro and the new and improved Lightstrike 2.0 midsole foam.  By and large, the changes made to the Bostons this year are positive, and they are still a great daily trainer for bigger runners.

One of the best updates was the change in upper mesh.  It feels far more comfortable on the foot and it makes the shoe easier to get on than the 11s.  And of course, the Boston 12 still features Continental rubber for the outsole, which can’t be beat in inclement weather.

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Adidas Boston 12 Men
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Adidas Boston 12 Women
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Asics Novablast 3

$160

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Use

Daily trainer, do-it-all shoe

Weight

8.9 oz. (253 g) for a US M10,

7.5 oz. (212 g) for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

41 mm in heel, 33 mm in forefoot (8 mm drop)

Many people had the Asics Novablast 3 as their shoe of the year in 2022. A daily trainer that is light, bouncy, and responsive? Sign me up! And boy oh boy, this shoe does not disappoint. Every mile run in this shoe is an absolute treat. I was slightly concerned that the shoe would not respond to me, given my size. But I was wrong; this shoe’s FlyteFoam Blast+ midsole foam stays bouncy and responsive for the duration of the run.

The versatility of this shoe is what sets it apart from a lot of the daily trainers on the market today. Since it’s lightweight and incredibly responsive, picking up the pace is a breeze. But if you just want to do slow, plodding daily miles, the bounciness helps keep the feet going and protected. If you have stability concerns, this shoe may not be for you, as I would say it’s definitely a 100% neutral shoe. That said, this is one of my favorite shoes that I’ve ever run in.

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Asics Novablast 3 Women
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Topo Athletic Phantom 3

$145

Use

Daily trainer

Weight

9.9 oz. (280 g) for US M9,

8.0 oz. (226 g) for a US W7

Stack/Drop

33 mm heel, 28 mm forefoot (5 mm drop)

This shoe surprised the hell out of me when I got it for testing. I was wicked skeptical about the anatomical toe box thing, which provides for a more natural toe splay on landing. I figured my forefoot would be swimming around in the shoe. Truth-be-told, the Topo Athletic Phantom 3 fit my foot better than almost any other shoe I’ve had in my rotation recently. There’s room for the toes spread out while running, but it’s just the right amount. Think “first-class flying” room, but not “hosting a rave” type room. And the heel lockdown was great, even with my slightly narrow right heel.

Topo compared their midsole, ZipFoam, to the foams in the Brooks Glycerin, New Balance 1080, and Hoka Clifton. I found it to be a bit firmer than those respective midsoles, which I actually appreciated. As a bigger runner, I prefer a slightly firmer feel on my daily trainers. Plus, the Phantom 3 got better with each run, loosening up a bit to where it felt smooth and comfy underfoot. Additionally, there’s a really wide platform, so I would classify this shoe as “stable neutral,” definitely my favorite shoe category.

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Topo Athletic Phantom 3 Men
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Topo Athletic Phantom 3 Women

Easy Day/Recovery Shoes for Heavy Runners

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Brooks Ghost Max

$150

Use

Daily trainer/easy day/recovery

Weight

10 oz. (283 g) for a US M9 / 9.0 oz. for a US W7.5 (255 g)

Stack/Drop

39 mm heel, 33 mm forefoot (6 mm drop)

This new offering is the brand’s leap into the max cushion realm, and boy is it a rousing success. The Dna Loft v2 foam is soft and cushioned while not being mushy. The GlideRoll rocker geometry helps create a smooth transition throughout the gait cycle. And the wide base provides some inherent stability, even with the softer midsole. Plus, it feels light underfoot on the run. What more could a bigger runner want in a recovery shoe? Frankly, I can’t think of anything.

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Brooks Ghost Max Men
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Brooks Ghost Max Women

New Balance More v4

$150

Use

Recovery day

Weight

11.7 oz. (330 g) for a US M10.5,

8.9 oz. (252 g) for a US W7

Stack/Drop

38 mm heel, 34 mm forefoot (4 mm drop)

I don’t know if I would still be allowed to write reviews for Believe in the Run if I didn’t give a shout-out to one of Meaghan’s favorites, the New Balance Fresh Foam X More v4. This chunky yet funky shoe is my go-to recovery day shoe. I usually take a day off after my long run, but there are still times that my feet and legs are feeling the long run effort. When that happens, the first shoe I gravitate to is the More v4. The same is true on the second day of a back-to-back after a workout.

This shoe is like the Meghan Trainor of running: all about that bass. The 34 mm heel stack height is 100% squish, and I’m all about it on recovery days. You could tell me the stack height was 50 mm and I’d believe you; not because the shoe feels tall, but because of so much dang cushioning on every step.

The most surprising thing to me is that even with significant foam compression under my big frame, I didn’t feel like I bottomed out in the shoe. I attribute this to the fact that the More v4 is very much a slow-pace shoe. I’ve also never taken it more than 6 miles, largely because my recovery runs tend to be shorter. Plus, this shoe is a heavy beast (similar to yours truly). 

Also an added bonus is that despite the stack height, it’s fairly stable. The platform is incredibly wide (it’s like a damn flipper), so it helps keep me over top of the shoe.

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New Balance More v4 Men
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New Balance More v4 Women
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On Cloudeclipse

$180

Use

Daily trainer/recovery

Weight

10 oz. (285 g) for a US M9,

8.5 oz. (240 g) for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

37 mm in heel, 31 mm in forefoot (6 mm drop)

The Cloudeclipse is the first On shoe that I had ever run in. Truth be told, I had been following Believe in the Run for some time and had seen that there was little to nothing to love about On shoes.  That has all changed in the last year or so, with shoes like the Cloudmonster, Cloudsurfer, and Cloudboom Echo 3 getting top marks in their respective category. The Cloudeclipse continues On’s trend upwards, in that it makes my list of best recovery shoes on the market for bigger runners.

The PhaseTec in the Helion foam midsole (those gaps that sort of compress like dominos falling) provide an incredibly interesting feel underfoot and make the ride feel smooth as softened butter. Plus, the comfort level of the upper and underfoot is probably one of the best I’ve felt in a long time. The ride is definitely firmer than other recovery day shoes, but I appreciate that because the shoes feels protective but doesn’t make me work harder than I needed to.

Some things to consider are that the upper is very high volume, and if you run on gravel, be prepared for a loud experience. That plastic speedboard which is exposed can be noisy when hitting loose impediments on the road.

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On Cloudeclipse Men
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On Cloudeclipse Women
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Saucony Triumph 21

$160

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Use

Daily trainer

Weight

9.8 oz. (279 g) for a US M9,

8.8 oz. (250 g) for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

37 mm heel, 27 mm forefoot (10 mm drop)

I had never run in the Triumph line from Saucony, so getting version 21 was my first foray into the high stack beast. I know I’ll probably get some pushback from people who would consider the Triumph line to be a daily trainer and not a recovery shoe. To each their own. For me, the cushioning of the PWRRUN+ foam perfectly splits the difference between the softness and bounce of PWRRUN PB and the firmness and responsiveness of PWRRUN. For me, that is the recipe for a great recovery day shoe.

Even though this is billed as a neutral shoe with some soft cushioning, I found the shoe to be decently stable. I never found the shoe to be mushy at the end of my runs, meaning the responsiveness of the foam held up well to my bigger frame. As a side note, if you’re a fellow Taylor Swift fan, you should read the review and be ready to be amazed.

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Saucony Triumph 21 Men
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Saucony Triumph 21 Women
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Topo Athletic Atmos

$160

Use

Daily trainer/recovery

Weight

9.7 oz (275 g) for a US M9

Stack/Drop

38 mm heel, 33 mm forefoot (5 mm drop)

This just in:  Topo Athletic makes really good running shoes. Not only that, but their shoes seem to work really well for bigger runners. I already had the Phantom 3 as one of my favorite daily trainers, but then I got in the Atmos for testing and review. I immediately fell in love with the Atmos, which is Topo’s first foray into the max cushion arena.

The rocker geometry with the 5mm drop and the soft-but-not-too-soft cushioning of the high stack of ZipFoam all combine to create a smooth and comfortable ride for slow, easy miles.  Add in the wide base and anatomical toebox, you get a stable-neutral max cushioning shoe, something the running world can always use more of.

The Atmos has become my go-to recovery day shoe, with the Brooks Ghost Max coming in a close second.

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Topo Athletic Atmos Men
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Topo Athletic Atmos Women

Best Super Trainers for Heavy Runners

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Adidas Prime X 2 Strung

$300

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Use

Daily training, recovery

Weight

10.4 oz. (295 g) for a US M8.5,

9.4 oz. (266 g) for a US W7

Stack/Drop

45.5 mm heel, 37.5 mm forefoot (8 mm drop)

The Great Wall of China, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Adidas Prime X 2 Strung. What do all of these have in common?  They are all engineering marvels, things that defy belief and expectations. I never tried the Prime X or Prime X Strung, largely because I was terrified of the stack height.

I figured a guy my size and my height running in them would surely be a recipe for a rolled ankle. But the majority of the talk on the Prime X 2 Strung was that it was surprisingly stable for how tall and soft it was. So when Thomas suggested that a bigger runner like me would like the shoe (despite the rest of the team being underwhelmed by it), I just had to try it out.

I can sum up this shoe in three letters: F-U-N.  The Prime X 2 Strung is a fun shoe to run in.  It is bouncy and responsive, and the dual plates with Lightstrike Pro create a propulsive effect that seems to fire my feet forward on each step with little-to-no effort required on my part. It took me awhile to get this shoe on given the construction of the upper, but once it’s on, the strung upper is incredibly comfortable.

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Adidas Prime X 2 Strung Unisex
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Adidas Prime X 2 Strung Unisex

Asics Superblast

$250

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Use

Literally anything

Weight

8.8 oz. (251 g) for a US M10,

7.4 oz. (210 g) for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

45.5 mm heel, 37.5 mm forefoot (8 mm drop)

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what I thought of the Asics Superblast, I probably could have afforded to buy myself a pair at its full retail value. It took me awhile to finally acquire a pair to test, and now that I have, I’m kicking myself for not getting them sooner.

A lot of shoes get the do-it-all label, but there’s no shoe that better embodies that than the Superblast. It is lightweight, high stack, responsive, comfortable, and stable; how can one shoe have all of these characteristics?! The Superblast is like a five-tool player in baseball– great at nearly everything.

The first run I did in the Superblast was a 10-miler, and I instantly knew I had found my new long run shoe. I felt as good at mile 10 as I did at mile 1, and wanted to keep on running past my house. It’s why I chose it to wear during the Baltimore Half Marathon, despite concerns about the outsole grip (which is my only gripe about the shoe).

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Best Speed/Race Day Shoes for Heavy Runners

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Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 3

$250

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Use

Race day, any distance

Weight

8.4 oz. (238 g) for a US M10.5

Stack/Drop

39 mm heel, 35 mm forefoot (4 mm drop)

If you ever find yourself in a scavenger hunt for the Adidas Adios Pro 3, just check a podium at any major marathon these days. There’s a good chance you’ll find one there. There’s no need to exaggerate here: the Adios Pro 3 is a killer race day shoe.

Similar in profile to the Takumi Sen 8, but taller in stack (and thankfully a bit wider), I feel invincible when the Adios Pro 3 is on my feet. No matter the distance, the Adios Pro 3 can handle it all. When the pace kicks into high gear (which for me isn’t blistering), this shoe does almost all of the work for you. It’s as close to cheating as you can get without course cutting.

This is where I’d normally tell you what’s wrong with the shoe. Literally the only thing I can come up with is that the lacing system is a bit wonky, can end up taking multiple re-ties, and may occasionally give some lace bite if overtightened. It’s easily the most stable of all of the super shoes I’ve tried, which in my opinion is a must for any race day shoe for bigger runners. Once the fatigue sets in during long training efforts, or half marathon and above races, super shoes can be unforgiving to bad mechanics thanks to the inherent softness of the foam. I don’t worry about that happening in the Adios Pro 3.

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Adidas Adios Pro 3 Men
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Adidas Adios Pro 3 Women
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Adidas Takumi Sen 8 & 9

$180

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Use

Race day/tempo shoe (10K and under)

Weight

6.8 oz. (193 g) for a US M9 (unisex sizing)

Stack/Drop

33 mm heel, 27 mm forefoot (6 mm drop)

If you’re looking for a tempo day shoe or a racing shoe for 10K-or-under distances, there aren’t many options out there better than the Adidas Takumi Sen 8 or Takumi Sen 9. I’ve listed them together because I’ve only run in v8, but the 9th version was simply an update to the upper, meaning the underfoot ride was pretty much the same.

Lightstrike Pro might arguably be my favorite midsole foam, largely because I think it has some of the best responsiveness for bigger runners. It’s soft but not so soft that it’s mushy, and the energy return is fantastic. Working in tandem with the Energy Rod system versus a plate and its unique geometry (which is surprisingly stable), the Takumi Sen is fast.

The only downside of this shoe is that it’s an absolute dart, almost as narrow as a running shoe could possibly be. I have pretty regular width feet, and they are incredibly snug on me. Not the end of the world because race day/speedwork shoes largely are tight fitting; however, I personally wouldn’t take these on any race beyond a 10K or general run beyond 8 miles. Between the tight fit and the inherent speed nature of the shoe, I’m not sure if my legs could handle 10 miles or a half marathon in the shoe. I will say that after a hilly 10K where I really pushed myself, my legs felt amazing the next day.

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Adidas Takumi Sen 9 Men
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New Balance FuelCell SC Elite v4

$250

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Use

Race day, marathon

Weight

9.3 oz. for a US M10.5,

7 oz. for a US W7.5

Stack/Drop

40 mm heel, 36 mm forefoot (4 mm drop)

If there was an award for Most Drastic Update or Most Improved Race Day Shoe, I would like to hereby nominate New Balance for the SC Elite v4. I had run in the RC Elite v2 and the SC Elite v3 previously, and I thought they were very fine shoes. But the FuelCell form in them, which was a supercritical foam, just didn’t have the same feel of the other race day shoes on the market. They were soft underfoot and accommodating in the upper, but they lacked the pop and propulsive feel of shoes like the Vaporfly 2 and Adios Pro 3. I don’t think I could have lasted in the v2 or v3 for more than a half marathon

The newest formulation of FuelCell in the SC Elite v4 features 100% PEBA, and the difference is stark. The shoe now that has that race day feel, but unlike other race day offerings, provides a stable feel throughout. Is it perfect? No, I think some things were odd choices, like the tongue and laces. But the overall feel of this shoe makes me comfortable in saying I would be able to take this a full 26.2.

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New Balance SC Elite v4 Men
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New Balance SC Elite v4 Women
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Puma Deviate Nitro 2

$160

Use

Lightweight trainer/tempo shoe

Weight

9.1 oz. (258 g) for US M9/W10.5

Stack/Drop

37 mm heel, 31 mm forefoot (6 mm drop)

Puma has been knocking it out of the park lately with its Nitro line of running shoes. In fact, the Velocity Nitro 2 was incredibly close to making it onto my list of the best daily trainers. The shoe that did make it on this list is the Puma Deviate Nitro 2, arguably one of my favorite shoes in my closet at the moment. Just like the Novablast 3 that I wrote about earlier, I feel like the Deviate Nitro 2 is incredibly versatile. I use it primarily for days where I’m doing speedwork runs or tempo sections during long runs, but I feel like it could very easily be used as a general daily trainer or long run shoe.

Featuring Puma’s PWRPLATE, a breathable upper, Nitro Elite foam, and the virtually unmatched PumaGrip outsole, the Deviate Nitro 2 has almost no weaknesses. My only knock against it is that it’s a bit heavy for a tempo day shoe. However, my legs always remain fresh after running in this shoe, even after harder efforts. That’s one of the attributes I look for most in a shoe and it’s rare to find it. The ride is snappy and fun when you push the pace, but comfortable at slower paces. A true jack-of-all-trades.

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Puma Deviate Nitro 2 Men
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Puma Deviate Nitro 2 Women
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Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite

$250

Use

Race day/tempo shoe (half marathon and under)

Weight

7.7 oz. (218 g) for a US M9

Stack/Drop

36 mm heel, 28 mm forefoot (8 mm drop)

Yep, you read that right, Under Armour. An Under Armour shoe made my list of best race day shoes. You know who else would probably have it at the top of their list? Sharon Lokedi, winner of the New York City Marathon in 2022, who won while rocking the Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite. I was lucky enough to get this for testing and review for the website, and it quickly became one of my favorite shoes to wear when I channel my inner Ricky Bobby and want to go fast. If you read my review, you already knew that.

The mesh upper with lattice-work overlays is incredibly comfortable, and wider than many race day shoes. Many people in the shoe world wouldn’t consider this a true super shoe, because its plate is sandwiched between a top layer of Pebax foam directly and Under Armour’s Flow supercritical foam. But the softness and bounce of the Pebax and responsiveness and firmness from the Flow foam provide what I find to be a very fast and stable ride. 

The craziest part of the Flow Velociti Elite is the lack of rubber outsole, which would normally make any person wary of the grip. But I ran the final 7 miles of the Broad Street Run in the pouring rain and had not a single issue with traction. I also crushed my time goal by almost three and a half minutes, which increased my fondness for this shoe.

Similar to the Takumi Sen, my only critique is that I don’t think I would wear this for a full marathon. With the lower stack height than most super shoes on the market, I think I would max out at a half marathon in this shoe. That said, I think it’s a great option for racing 13.1 miles or less.

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Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite Women (Unisex)

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  1. Jeff says:

    Yes! I’m 6’3″ 215 on a good day and the intro here read like something I would have written. So much so that had actually considered reaching out to BITR and other sites for exactly this purpose.

    Thanks for the write up and the descriptions…they make way more sense to me. When I see a reviewer that is 165 soaking wet use a word like “squish” or “pillowy” I am instantly reticent because for me that means “way too soft” and blisters! When I hear “light firm and snappy” I have to think that it’s not going to be enough underfoot. You just learn the lingo and, like you said, take it with a grain of salt

    Im sure I speak for a whole lot of runners when I say I would love to see more of this. Thanks

  2. OutdoorMama says:

    More of this please! And clothing, too. Tracksmith looks great and is wildly popular, but they often only carry clothing up to their size large, which for some items is as small as a 27.5″ waist. Runners come in all sizes and it’s so hard to find reviews for things I can actually wear!

  3. Michael Tanel says:

    Echoing Jeff’s comments here! Everything in a normal review has to he re-coded for us Heavyweights. (I’m a LHW, “only” 6′ and 205ish lbs) Thomas or Meaghan or Robbe’s idea of soft is WAY different than mine! (Case in point, Thomas’ hate for the revamped Boston, entirely based on his expectations from the 9…)

    In any case, there’s a lot of us bigger peeps out here running our own paces, and having an array of reviewers who actually rep our demographic would actually be amazing. Keep these reviews coming!

  4. Sam says:

    Are the newer nitrogen infused foams appropriate for clydesdales or will these foams lose their cushion / responsiveness quickly? For example, will a shoe like the Topo Cyclone 2, which is 100% Pebax, lose its bounce quickly or can a clydesdale enjoy this type of shoe? Should we bother leaning in on newer tech foams if we aren’t prepared to buy new shoes every 100 miles?

  5. Paul Norman says:

    Thanks!

    Not sure if you “do trail.” A shoe for lightweight mountain goats dancing through rock gardens in singlets, in supported races; can be really off for someone twice their weight, carrying a load out, once too tired to do much dancing……

  6. Jonathan D Goforth says:

    This is amazing! There isn’t much out there in the way of running gear and even less in the way of reviews for larger runners.

    Id really love to see something on running clothes for larger runners! I’ve been running for close to 10 years now and it’s hard finding nice running clothes when you are 6’3″ 265.

  7. Sizzlenasty says:

    You left out the best shoes of them all! HOKAS! Come on man… Weather it’s hiking or running shoes Hoka is more comfortable then all the above you mentioned! There colors may not all be the greatest. Honestly I think their graphics designer is color blind. But hands down they make the most comfortable running/hiking shoe!

  8. Big Pete Mitchell says:

    It is so nice to see running shoes reviewed by someone I can relate to at 6’5 and 280lbs, like many other comments having that unique perspective, as I often find shoes that have been rubbished by traditional shoe tubers work for me case in point the Boston 10 and 11 and the Prime X2 strung, hoping that you do more reviews.

  9. John Blair says:

    I’m recovering from a compound pilon fracture in my ankle. I’m 290lbs and I need arch support. I’m not running anytime soon. What shoe do you think would have the best arch support??

    1. Robbe says:

      Skechers has good arch support, you should look into the Ride 11 or Max Road 6.

  10. Ryan says:

    I bought the takumi sen 8 last December 2023 and have been my go-to- shoes for training. Decided to run my half marathons and 32k with this one and got some midfoot swelling. I saw that the shoe was already broken with some sole separation, this with mileage of only 137 km 🙁

  11. Max DG says:

    Fellow clydesdale here. I’ll vouch for the Skecher GoRun Ride 11. It rules

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An attorney by day, Chad lives in Central Pennsylvania with his wife and three kids. Never much for running growing up, Chad began running as a way to improve his physical health. He went from his first 5k in 2015 to running the Paris Marathon in 2016.  Given his larger physical build, Chad is the resident Clydesdale runner, providing shoe and gear insights for those with a bigger build and taller stature.

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