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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
Saucony Kinvara TR, $100
8.8 oz. (m), 7.3 oz. (w)
Fit: With a narrow fit throughout the shoe, most testers preferred to size up half a size, even if they were running without socks. The heel pocket is shallower than some, but holds well due to two, snug fitting, foam heel pods.
Feel: Yes, it’s a minimal shoe with a 4mm drop, but the keenly agile Kinvara TR also has a thin rock plate, a moderately thick midsole cushion—a unique package that adds up to dialed foot feel and a wicked ride—as long as your aren’t an overpronator.
Ride: This shoe is an energetic kick on the trail. A grippy and flexible outsole equates to a floating sensation over debris and low-profile, multi-directional lugs don’t interfere with the smooth glide. The forefoot rock plate offers surprisingly good protection for such a streamlined package.