Karhu Strong Fulcrum Ride

Maximizing comfort and efficiency while keeping a simple design is what the Karhu Strong Fulcrum Ride shoe is all about. The shoe has a carbon-fiber “stability fulcrum” that’s said to provide “exceptional solidity” and help your foot fall into a more neutral and natural heel-to-toe stride position.

Karhu women’s Strong Fulcrum Ride

By using carbon fiber as well as a mostly mesh upper, Karhu’s high-end shoe is targeting serious runners. It’s touted to have stability and comfort without adding weight. (The shoe weighs about 11 ounces per foot in a size 9 men’s.)

The men’s shoe comes in white with a yellow accent, while the women get more pizazz with yellow on blue or white on yellow options. The Strong Rides are available now for $140. www.karhu.com

—Ryan Dionne

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