Compare running shoes by weight

This article compares several brands of motion control, stability, and neutral running shoes by weight so that you can easily see which are light enough to fit your running needs.

When going out for a run, it is very important that you don't feel as though your running shoes are too heavy. Heavy running shoes may affect your running in the following two ways:

  1. Your muscles may get tired faster.
  2. You may have to sacrifice good running form to compensate for the running shoes.

Because of all of the cushioning and stability aids contained in motion control running shoes, these types of athletic shoes are by definition not lightweight. However, it is possible to find light athletic shoes among the several brands that are available on the market.

Let's take a look and compare the weight of athletic shoes for women and men. Note: The weight of a shoe also depends on the size of the shoe.

Motion control running shoes ordered by weight

Motion Control Running ShoeAvg. Weight (Women)Avg. Weight (Men)
Brooks Addiction 138.7 oz (247 grams)13.3 oz (377 grams)
Mizuno Wave Paradox 29.8 oz (278 grams)12.0 oz (340 grams)
ASICS GEL-Foundation 1210.2 oz (289 grams)12.2 oz (346 grams)
Saucony Redeemer ISO 210.5 oz (298 grams)12 oz (340 grams)
ASICS GEL-Fortify11.4 oz (323 grams)13.5 oz (383 grams)
New Balance 1540v211.3 oz (320 grams)14.6 oz (414 grams)
Brooks Ariel 18 / Brooks Beast 1811.8 oz (335 grams)13.3 oz (377 grams)
New Balance 1340v312.3 oz (349 grams)15.4 oz (437 grams)

From the table above we can conclude that the Mizuno Wave Paradox 2 is the lightest motion control running shoe, while the Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 16 is the heaviest motion control running shoe.

Stability running shoes ordered by weight

Running ShoeAvg. Weight (Women)Avg. Weight (Men)
Brooks Ravenna 97.8 oz (221 grams)9.8 oz (278 grams)
ASICS GT-2000 68.2 oz (232 grams)10.5 oz (298 grams)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 188.3 oz (235 grams)9.7 oz (275 grams)
ASICS GT-1000 68.3 oz (235 grams)10.2 oz (289 grams)
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey8.4 oz (238 grams)10.3 oz (292 grams)
Mizuno Wave Inspire 148.4 oz (238 grams)10.4 oz (295 grams)
Saucony Guide ISO8.9 oz (253 grams)10.5 oz (298 grams)
Brooks Transcend 58.9 oz (253 grams)10.6 oz (301 grams)
Saucony Omni ISO9.5 oz (269 grams)10.7 oz (303 grams)
New Balance 1260v69.8 oz (278 grams)11.5 oz (326 grams)
ASICS GEL-Kayano 259.8 oz (278 grams)11.9 oz (337 grams)
Saucony Hurricane ISO 49.9 oz (281 grams)11.2 oz (318 grams)

From the table above we can conclude that the New Balance 870v4 is the lightest stability running shoe, while the New Balance 1260v6 is the heaviest stability running shoe.

Neutral running shoes ordered by weight

Running ShoeAvg. Weight (Women)Avg. Weight (Men)
Saucony Kinvara 96.5 oz (184 grams)8.0 oz (227 grams)
Saucony Zealot ISO 37.4 oz (210 grams)8.7 oz (247 grams)
Brooks Launch 57.5 oz (212 grams)9 oz (255 grams)
Hoka One One Clifton 47.9 oz (224 grams9.7 oz (275 grams)
Mizuno Wave Rider 218.2 oz (233 grams)10.3 oz (292 grams)
ASICS GEL-Cumulus 208.3 oz (235 grams)10.1 oz (286 grams)
Saucony Ride ISO8.5 oz (241 grams)9.7 oz (275 grams)
Brooks Ghost 108.5 oz (241 grams)10.0 oz (285 grams)
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v78.7 oz (247 grams)10.5 oz (298 grams)
ASICS GEL-Nimbus 208.8 oz (249 grams)10.7 oz (303 grams)
Brooks Glycerin 169.4 oz (266 grams)10.6 oz (301 grams)
Saucony Triumph ISO 49.5 oz (270 grams)11.3 oz (320 grams)
ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 410.6 oz (301 grams)12.8 oz (363 grams)

From the table above we can conclude that the Hoka One One Clifton 3 is the lightest neutral running shoe, while the ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 is the heaviest neutral running shoe.

Of course, weight is not everything in a running shoe. You also need to look at whether it would provide the right amount of cusioning and stability for your foot, running style, and gait cycle. So use the tables above just as one more guideline to help you decide which athletic shoe to buy.