Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Whether trails are your track of choice or it’s time to give road weary legs a change of scenery, hitting the dirt has the power to transform a run from one more task in a day, to an if-you-need-me-I’ll-be-running experience. To make the run more fun, shoe companies are turning out trail shoes with a focus on technology, design and color that will make your road shoes jealous. Burly trail thrashers and barely-there running slippers now bookend a wide, runner-friendly middle ground of offerings within the moderate to minimal amounts of cushioning and protection.

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Competitor wear-test team: Zeke Tiernan, Jeremy Duncan, Rob Loeb, Jane Ogden, Anthony Cullwick, Allison Pattillo, John Pattillo, Casey Blaine, Amy Allison, Jim Conaghan, Brian Metzler

** Weights listed are for men’s size 9.0 and women’s size 7.0.

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