2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

adidas adizero XT4, $100


Weight — M: 10.2 oz.; W: 9.0 oz.

Fit: The adiZero XT4 is roomy in the toebox and midfoot and snug in the heel. A soft, breathable mesh tongue and padding in the heel collar round out the secure fit, and it provides comfort in areas that can chafe during long runs on rugged terrain.

Feel: A lightweight low-profile model with an aggressive tread and a 6mm heel-toe drop, the adiZero XT4 is geared toward running and racing over rocky, rooty technical trails. It runs nimbly on very technical trails, but is flexible enough to run with a consistent gait on smooth trails and fire roads. (Runners beware: Aside from durable outsole rubber, it doesn’t offer much in the way of protection).

Ride: The soft foam midsole and the relatively soft rubber outsole create a resilient and somewhat bouncy ride giving a runner the sensation of gliding over trails. Uniquely designed directional outsole lugs and a slightly wider outsole provide exceptional balance and traction, particularly when pounding down rocky descents.

M: 10.2 oz.; W: 9.0 oz.

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