Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Patagonia Forerunner RS, $125 [Editor’s Pick: Most Versatile] 

9.3 oz. (m), 7.8 oz. (w)

Fit: The Forerunner RS has an average fit throughout the shoe, with just enough extra toebox space for an uninhibited stride.

Feel: This version of the Forerunner has morphed into a more moderate shoe with a heel-toe drop slightly under 7mm (as compared to a 4mm drop in the earlier, more minimally constructed Forerunner), a firmer foam midsole, a protective forefoot rock plate and a bit of arch support. However, it’s still fairly responsive for a trail shoe.

Ride: Our testers found this shoe to be “light, nimble and fast,” with low-profile, smooth-riding lugs. While traction isn’t overly aggressive, it provides good ground feel on cinder and soft dirt jaunts and performs well when scrambling through boulder fields. The durable, microfiber upper isn’t the most flexible and it can get warm on hot days, but did well at shedding wind and drizzle.

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