Fit / A new integrated lacing system wraps the entirety of the top of the foot from the ankles down to the toes, providing a very secure all-around fit. (A traditional lacing system only covers the middle of the foot, often feeling “sloppy” and causing heels to slip.) Testers remarked how well their heels sat in the shoe, but noted that wiggle room in the forefoot was less than optimal.
Feel / A generous amount of gel in the heel softens impact, but a stiff protection plate in the forefoot led testers to rate the overall feel as firm. Built-in support in the form of medial midsole posting adds to the perceived weight of the shoe. “The shoe felt heavy, but it was one of the most supportive trail running shoes I’ve ever worn,” said one tester.
Ride / Our testers were impressed with the traction the Gel-Trabuco provided over technical terrain, but rated the overall ride as somewhat stiff. Testers noted the shoe performed better over technical trails than on groomed paths.