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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
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.