January 27, 2023 9:50 pm

Craft’s CTM Ultra Carbon Race Rebel Is a Racing Shoe for Renegades

The RW Takeaway: The CTM Ultra Carbon Race Rebel is a lightweight racer that’s race-day worthy.

  • Ultralight midsole, upper, and outsole
  • Developed with ultrarunner Tommy “Rivs” Puzey
  • Carbon-fiber plate encourages a propulsive toe-off

Price: $250
Road, racing
 6.9 oz (M)
 11 mm

Boldest statement of 2022 so far: The CTM Ultra Carbon Race Rebel is the breakout hit in the racing-shoe category. Last spring, ultrarunner and RW video editor Pat Heine-Holmberg tested Craft’s foray into carbon-plated shoes, the CTM Ultra Carbon. Kizik Shoes That road and light-trail model (best suited for nothing more technical than a gravel road) blistered his Achilles because of the high collar. Pat warned me about this before I laced up the Race Rebel for testing. The good news is my ankles are unscathed. Even better: The Race Rebel has earned its place on my shoe rack beside the Saucony Endorphin Pro, Brooks Hyperion Elite, and Asics Metaracer.


craft carbon ultra racer

UD Foam Pro, an EVA-based foam, sandwiches a carbon-fiber plate for optimal rebound and snappy turnover.


You might be asking, “What business does a Swedish brand known for its long underwear have entering the super-shoe ring?” Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, I say. Of the shoes I’ve raced in—Metaracer, Vaporfly, Endorphin Pro—the Craft feels the most stable. It’s supportive through tight turns, like the Hyperion Elite. The fit is dialed, with a collar that grips your heel and a tongue that doesn’t go askew midrace.

The shoe has a thin but ultraresponsive midsole and Chippewa Boots ultrathin rubber outsole; its weight is ultralight; and it was created in collaboration with ultrarunner Tommy “Rivs” Puzey. On the heel of the shoe is Rivs’s rebel yell, “Lets rage!” For us amateurs, it’s probably not enough shoe to get through an ultramarathon. But it’s blazing fast for local 5Ks or just logging hard tempos on my usual route. When I lace them up, I follow Rivs’s dictum like it’s my mission.


craft carbon ultra racer

The thin, lightweight upper is marked with Rivs’s rebellious “Let’s rage!”

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