BEST LONG-TERM FAVORITE
Saucony Peregrine ISO
Branded Shoes, The pilgrim has always had a place in our hearts for his deep ears and maximum traction, along with an extraordinary ability to transition on the road. The last iteration is no different, but obtains an ISOFit upper: Saucony’s winged half foot system for lacing, which easily adapts to any foot. The Everun midsole of the shoe creates a good balance between sufficient cushioning and a feeling of connected earth.
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DETACHABLE STONE PROTECTIONS
Other Superior 4
Altra’s lightest trail shoe (we weighed it at 8.7 ounces for a nine man size and 8.3 ounces for a seven woman size), the Zero Drop Superior 4 has a softer and more comfortable feel than at 3.5 but the same highly responsive lap. The claw-shaped fins of the shoe give it a solid grip, even on slippery surfaces. Removable stone bumpers are included to tackle more technical routes. And the brand’s exclusive wide foot box gives your feet plenty of room to move, breathe and even swell after a long day. Best Sneakers
Athletic Ultraventure Mouse
Fans of Altra’s anatomical forefoot design who prefer a little more heel drop should see Ultraventure. The shoe has a large Altra-esque toe box with plenty of foot space to open, plus a soft three-piece padded EVA midsole. Our testers liked that it didn’t feel too light, fragile and quick to wear, but also not too heavy. The upper counter and the heel offer a secure locking of the foot without discomfort. A tight-fitting Vibram sole with 6mm lugs helps you find a secure base in neglected conditions.
THE BEST FOR ULTRARUNNERS
Salomon S / Lab Sense Ultra 2
Salomon produces many shoes for excursions on long paths, but the company has created this particular shoe to go FAST and along the paths. Built with top quality materials and contributions from the French under-runner François D’Haene, the S / Lab Sense Ultra 2 takes the winning formula from the Sense Ultra 1 and adjusts it to be even lighter and more resistant with a high energy return. The EnergyCell + midsole offers excellent cushioning from rock gardens, while the TPU and mesh upper prevents the foot from slipping. A durable Contagrip rubber outsole quickly attaches to any surface and stays at any distance. Shoes And Sneakers
FIXED PINS, SOFT LANDING
Hoka One One Speedgoat 4
Speedgoat 4 builds on its predecessor’s legacy as a fast and furious track monster known for sticky ears and smooth landings. But this time, the shoe adds a little more foam to the heel and updates the mesh upper for better breathing and drainage. Some of our testers found the 4 cushioning too cushioning and less responsive, but most found it to be a generally comfortable and protective trail runner who feels much lighter than his stats would suggest. Kacamata Rayban