Spring 2011 Trail Shoe Guide

April Twenty, 2011

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Floor Breakers

No two paths are as well, and no shoe is a perfect fit for every off-road trip. Some feature huge treads in order to grip rock-strewn climbs; others possess soft padding that makes all of them appropriate for long runs on level terrain. And some are built mild and low-to-the-ground to go fast. After careful analysis in the RW Shoe Lab and testing on the feet of Two hundred runners, we’ve identified the nine best new trail shoes for tackling rugged terrain, heading long across flat paths and roads, or zipping through a cross-country course.

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Asics Gel-Trail Attack Seven

Asics Get-Trail Attack 7


Jens Mortensen
Asics Gel-Trail Attack 7

For Rugged Terrain
Weight 11.5 oz (M) Nine.6 oz (W)
Buy $85; 800-678-9435;

We Say The midsole and outsole of the latest Attack have not changed from the previous edition, allowing the actual shoe to keep its solid ride. What has changed is the fit, which is more comfortable thanks to an upper that uses impartial lace loops and a two-layer fine mesh to locking mechanism the heel in place as well as tightly hold the instep. Note: A number of our testers had trouble keeping the brand new lacing program tied. Suggested as a flexible off-road trainer along with a good value.

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Wear-Tester Says “A great gripper, supersolid upon rock as well as uneven areas, though I’d trouble with snow and mud obtaining trapped in the actual treads.” –Daniel Talhelm, Sixty nine, East Lansing

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Brooks Cascadia 6

Brooks Cascadia 6


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Brooks Cascadia 6

For Rugged Terrain
Weight 12 oz (M) Ten.1 oz (W)
Buy $100; 800-227-6657;

We Say This particular update brings together Cadillac comfort and ease with the sturdiness of a 4×4. The outsole is segmented under the back heel and curved slightly upward in the forefoot to create a sleek transition through heel-strike to toe-off. RW Footwear Lab tests expose the heel is substantially softer than the forefoot, so the Cascadia tends to really feel firm on the highway. The one critique from our evaluators is how the laces found a way to arrive undone regardless of how they were linked. Recommended for a mixture of even trails and specialized off-road terrain.

Wear-Tester Says “Light and fast, great traction, although not so mild that it couldn’t handle rough trails.” –Jason Manbeck, 35, Reading

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New Balance 915

New Balance 915


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New Balance 915

For Rugged Terrain
Weight 11.Four oz (Michael) 9.Eight oz (W)
Buy $125; 800-253-7463;

We Say The 915 excels off-road on rugged, root-strewn trails because of its tacky rubber outsole. The only is backed with a plastic plate to have an impressive combination of protection as well as grip. All the upper materials repel water, which makes the shoe great for tromping through puddles and channels. Our diagnostic tests found the 915 to be one of the firmest in the manual, and several evaluators found the actual shoe as well unforgiving for hard surfaces. Recommended for runners that train solely off-road on rugged trails in most sorts of climate.

Wear-Tester Says “It fit well and kept my back heel in place without any fancy laces through the the surface of the shoe.” –Jan Hahn-Rightmyer, 50, Reading

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Adidas Supernova Huge range 3

Adidas Supernova Riot 3


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Adidas Supernova Huge range 3

For Trails and Roads
Weight 13.1 ounce (M) 11.3 oz (W)
Buy $110; 800-448-1796;

We Say This particular multiterrain marvel deals with slushy spring roads and muddy singletrack equally well. The shoe’s supportive midsole regulates mild pronation through a medial post in the arch and a component in the back heel that techniques slightly to help slow the inward roll of the foot. Adidas remodeled top of the in this revise, detaching the last eyelet from the eye-row to make more shake room within the toebox. Recommended for heavier athletes looking for a hardy shoe for road and trail running.

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Wear-Tester Says “Good for trail or road, especially in the winter. It had great traction and assistance.” –Renee Sirois, 40, East Lansing

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Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral


Jens Mortensen
Salomon XR Crossmax Natural

For Trails and Roads
Weight 12.7 ounce (M) Ten.5 ounce (W)
Buy $130; 800-342-7669;

We Say A durable new shoe that’s built for the long haul, the Crossmax is remarkably flexible for the amount of thick cushioning it provides, according to RW Footwear Lab tests. Its comfort also comes from an internal bootie that prevents any kind of upper stitching from rubbing the foot the wrong way. Testers raved about this mixture of protection and comfort the shoe provides, though a few complained about the quick-pull laces. Recommended as a grippy trip for long operates across a mixture of even as well as uneven paths.

Wear-Tester Says “It had been comfortable and supportive, however the tongue pocket didn’t properly hold the shoelaces.” –Jon Kermiet, 60, East Lansing

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The Northern Face Double Track

The North Face Double Track


Jens Mortensen
The North Face Dual Track

For Paths and Roads
Weight 11.6 ounce (M) 9.7 oz (W)
Buy $110; 866-715-3223;

We Say The well-balanced Double Monitor is a go-to off-road shoe that delivers a remarkable ride on all but the most extreme path conditions. It is also stable enough for athletes who need moderate pronation control en route to the trailhead. The lab tests found the Double Track to become one of the softest footwear in this guide. The soft ride plays a role in the shoe’s gentle transition through heel impact to toe-off. Recommended for runners looking for a stable, on-and off-road trainer.

Wear-Tester Says “It was really comfortable, along with support with the midfoot and a roomy toe box.” –Tammy Thelen, 34, East Lansing

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Merrell Trail Baseball glove

Merrell Trail Glove


Jens Mortensen
Merrell Trail Baseball glove

For Racing or Training
Weight Six.8 oz
Buy $110; 800-288-3124;
[Men’s Only]

We Say The bare-bones Glove brings together a durable Vibram outsole with a traditional mesh lace-up upper–and not much else. It has a superlow back heel height (only 10.Seven millimeters off the floor) that leaves very little involving the foot and the ground. While the thin sole is excellent for strengthening feet and legs, our evaluators said it made them think more about where these people planted their own feet given that they could have the terrain underneath. Recommended like a training tool for effective runners. The actual women’s design is called the interest rate Glove.

Wear-Tester Says “It has a fit like a cross-country flat–lightweight and flexible–with a bit more protection.” –Ian Wright, 24, East Lansing

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Montrail Rogue Racer

Montrail Rogue Racer


Jens Mortensen
Montrail Rogue Racing

For Racing or Training
Weight Eight.5 ounce (M) Seven.4 ounce (W)
Buy $110; 800-826-1598;

We Say The actual Rogue is a light, low-to-the-ground, off-road rushing shoe. Lab tests found the actual heel to become among the softest in this guide. By comparison, the front foot is among the hardest. This is most likely due to the slim midsole (forefoot height is 20 millimeters) and a denser foam that guards the foot from razor-sharp trail obstacles. The footwear felt completely nimble and flexible, moving with the foot upon tricky switchbacks. Several testers liked the resulting ride, however, many felt the actual traction was lacking upon steep climbs and razor-sharp descents. Recommended like a fast-paced trainer or even racing shoe.

Wear-Tester Says “A lightweight footwear with a slipperlike really feel.” –Michael Yoder, 48, Reading

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Saucony Peregrine

Saucony Peregrine


Jens Mortensen
Saucony Peregrine

For Racing or even Training
Weight 10.One oz (Michael) 8.4 oz (W)
Buy $90; 800-365-4933;

We Say The new Peregrine is quick and lightweight, with sufficient traction in order to climb up high, loose trails. The shoe is also built low down, with the difference between the back heel and front foot heights (28 and Twenty one millimeters, correspondingly) just 7 millimeters (in many running shoes it’s 10). Our testers loved the resulting low ride and the heel fit of the Peregrine, which numerous referenced as “no slip.” The shoe’s snug heel locking mechanism prevents foot irritation on uneven, rock-strewn paths. Recommended like a stable shoe for rough trails.

Wear-Tester Says “Just exactly what a trail footwear should be: low profile, steady, and light, with higher foot safety.” –Jerry Gillissen, 61, East Lansing

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