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- 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review
- Altra Lone Peak, $110
- adidas adizero XT4, $100
- ASICS GT-2170 Trail, $110
- Brooks Pure Grit, $100
- Columbia Ravenous Lite, $80
- Hoka OneOne Stinson Evo, $170
- Merrell Lithe Glove, $125
- Montrail Bajada, $110
- New Balance Minimus Zero Trail, $110
- Puma Faas 250 Trail, $85
- Salomon XR Mission, $110
- Skechers GoTrail, $80
- Saucony Peregrine 2, $100
- NorthFace Singletrack Hayasa, $110
- La Sportiva Vertical K, $115
- Scarpa Spark, $115
- Tecnica Inferno X-Lite, $110
- TrekSta Edict, $135
Editor’s Pick (Best Value): Puma Faas 250 Trail, $85
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.