2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Editor’s Pick (Best Value): Puma Faas 250 Trail, $85

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FIT: The low-volume one-piece seamless upper, combined with a pair of strategically placed off-center lace eyelets, does a good job of cinching in the forefoot, arch and heel in one fell swoop.

FEEL: The Faas 250 Trail is light and close to the ground yet sufficiently cushioned for comfort on hard and soft surfaces. The array of aggressive yet low-profile lugs are conducive to running on a variety of trails from mild to rugged, but it doesn’t suffer on stretches of flat, smooth dirt trails.

RIDE: An ample amount of semi-firm foam cushioning gives this shoe a fast and agile vibe. The snug fit, sleek profile and moderate heel-toe drop (8mm) give it a performance-oriented feel that makes it ideal for a short-distance racer, an up-tempo trainer or a technical climber.

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