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Heavy Metal

Workout gear with style to spare

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Lisa Shin

Barely-there running shoes make races fly by

1. Currently the lightest shoe on the market, the Mizuno Wave Universe 4 (pictured at top) weighs just 3.8 ounces, which is more than, say, an egg, but still only about a third of the heft of a standard trainer. See you at the finish line. $120 / www.mizunousa.com

2. Even if you’re not a runner, the ultralight Asics Piranha SP3 (middle) could be a boon on your next wandering-around-a-foreign-city sort of adventure. It tips the scale at 4.6 ounces — and hey, just look at those snazzy racing stripes. $110 / www.asicsamerica.com

3. While bright colors might not actually make you faster, they will make you more excited, which can’t hurt. Weighing a mere 4.4 ounces, Saucony’s Hattori (bottom) is as colorful as a carousel, but much, much lighter. $80 / www.saucony.com

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