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)
Mizuno Wave Paradox 29.8 oz (278 grams)12.0 oz (340 grams)
Saucony Stabil CS39.9 oz (281 grams)11.9 oz (337 grams)
ASICS GEL-Foundation 1210.2 oz (289 grams)12.2 oz (346 grams)
Saucony Redeemer10.7 oz (303 grams)12.7 oz (360 grams)
ASICS GEL-Forte10.8 oz (306 grams)13.3 oz (377 grams)
ASICS GEL-Fortify11.4 oz (323 grams)13.5 oz (383 grams)
New Balance 1340v211.4 oz (323 grams)13.5 oz (383 grams)
New Balance 1540v211.3 oz (320 grams)14.6 oz (414 grams)
Brooks Addiction 1211.9 oz (337 grams)13.5 oz (383 grams)
Brooks Ariel 16 / Brooks Beast 1611.4 oz (323 grams)13.6 oz (386 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)
New Balance 870v47.7 oz (218 grams)9.6 oz (272 grams)
Saucony Guide 108.4 oz (238 grams)10.1 oz (286 grams)
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey8.4 oz (238 grams)10.3 oz (292 grams)
Brooks Transcend 48.8 oz (249 grams)10.9 oz (309 grams)
New Balance 860v68.8 oz (249 grams)11.0 oz (312 grams)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 178.9 oz (252 grams)10.9 oz (309 grams)
ASICS GT-1000 58.8 oz (249 grams)10.4 oz (295 grams)
ASICS GT-2000 58.9 oz (252 grams)11.0 oz (312 grams)
Saucony Omni 159.0 oz (255 grams)10.6 oz (301 grams)
Brooks Ravenna 89.0 oz (255 grams)10.8 oz (306 grams)
Saucony Hurricane ISO 29.0 oz (255 grams)10.9 oz (309 grams)
Mizuno Wave Inspire 139.2 oz (261 grams)11.1 oz (315 grams)
ASICS GEL-Kayano 239.4 oz (266 grams)11.5 oz (326 grams)
New Balance 1260v69.8 oz (278 grams)11.5 oz (326 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)
Brooks Launch 47.7 oz (218 grams)9.2 oz (261 grams)
Hoka One One Clifton 37.8 oz (221 grams9.2 oz (261 grams)
Saucony Ride 97.9 oz (224 grams)9.5 oz (269 grams)
Mizuno Wave Rider 208.3 oz (235 grams)10.3 oz (292 grams)
Saucony Zealot ISO 28.4 oz (238 grams)9.7 oz (275 grams)
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v78.7 oz (247 grams)10.5 oz (298 grams)
Saucony Triumph ISO 38.7 oz (247 grams)10.8 oz (306 grams)
Brooks Glycerin 148.9 oz (252 grams)10.7 oz (303 grams)
Brooks Ghost 99.0 oz (255 grams)10.5 oz (298 grams)
ASICS GEL-Cumulus 189.4 oz (266 grams)11.6 oz (329 grams)
ASICS GEL-Nimbus 189.8 oz (278 grams)12.1 oz (343 grams)
ASICS GEL-Quantum 36010.8 oz (306 grams)13.3 oz (377 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.