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- Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review
- adidas Adizero XT 4, $100
- Altra ZeroDrop Superior, $95
- ASICS Gel-Scout, $120
- Avia Avi Bolt XZR II, $100
- Brooks Adrenaline ASR 9, $120
- Dynafit Feline Superlight GTX, $160
- ECCO Biom Trail GTX, $200
- Helly Hansen Rabbora Trail, $110
- Inov-8 Trailroc 25, $120
- Karhu Forward 3 Trail WP, $140
- Merrell Mix Master Aeroblock $120
- Mizuno Wave Ascend 7, $105
- New Balance 1010, $110
- Patagonia Forerunner RS, $125
- Saucony Kinvara TR, $100
- Salomon XT Wings 3, $140
- Scarpa Tempo, $115
New Balance 1010, $110
7.7 oz. (m), 6.5 oz. (w)
Fit: The 1010 runs true to size and has a secure, yet non-restrictive fit through the heel and midfoot, with a wide toebox design to enable the foot to transition through a forefoot landing to big toe push-off.
Feel: The 1010 expands on the appeal of New Balance’s Minimus line by marrying a 4mm drop with a slightly thicker layer of cushioning and a more supportive and durable upper for a slipper-like fit. With a deeply stitched, gusseted tongue to keep grit at bay and no removable insole, there is nothing to think about—except for running, of course.
Ride: The forefoot rock shield of this sprightly trainer provides welcome protection from rock shots, as well as extra confidence to tackle the trails. It performed extremely well on loose dirt and gliding over larger obstacles. Some runners felt the design pushed them toward overpronation.