The Carrera is targeted at elite cross country performers, as it’s the best in Saucony’s good-better- best offerings. The upper receives significant attention, with improved fit from the ISOfit system, wrapping the foot securely. Here it’s more effectively integrated with the mesh than in other iter- ations of the technology, which were more cage-like.

The midsole is the same single-density EVA, thin and flexible. The outersole continues with the same minimal, full-length plate from Round 1 and a six-spike layout with excellent traction. Round 2 emerges as an effective cross country shoe that has taken a step up in fit and performance.

Sizes: Men 7–13,14; Women 5–11,12

Weight: Men’s 4.9 oz. (size 11, with 6 spikes); Women’s 4.0 oz. (size 8, with 6 spikes)

Fit: Snug heel, close forefoot