* Re-discover Finnish heritage athletic brand, Karhu
* Find the right running shoe for distance, racing and leisure
* Transform your workouts with their classic Fulcrum technology
Thanks to memorable marketing, Nike Air may linger in the collective consciousness as the athletic shoe with air-cushioned technology, but — surprise! — they weren’t the first to think it up. Halfway across the globe, a Finnish company named Karhu had been working on this innovation as early as the 70s, releasing their first air-cushioned shoe in 1982.
Today, it has a quietly devoted following of die-hard runners, and with the five picks below you’ll wonder how this brand has stayed running’s best-kept secret for so long.
1. Albatross Elite
An exact remake of the original Karhu with Fulcrum technology, this shoe brings back the vintage look of early 80s athletic wear in colors that fit right in with today’s athleisure trend.
2. Fast 6 MRE
Updated to max out the foot-heel rolling effect of their Fulcrum technology, the Fast 6 MRE is a solid choice for those looking for high cushioning and corrective stability.
3. Fast 5 Fulcrum
Featuring Karhu’s first use of full-length Fulcrum technology, the Fast 5 is a responsive, light shoe that still offers a touch of guidance. For neutral runners seeking a plush, springy ride.[caption id="attachment_50200" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Image courtesy Amazon[/caption]
4. Flow Tri Fulcrum
This low-profile, flexible shoe is a great choice for race day, or those who enjoy a more barefoot, natural running experience.[caption id="attachment_50204" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Image courtesy Amazon[/caption]
5. Fluid 3
A half-length Fulcrum and lower heel-toe drop in the Fluid 3 offers the control of natural running, but the cushioning and support of a traditional running shoe.