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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
Salomon XT Wings 3, $140
12.5 oz. (m), 10.5 oz. (w)
Fit: The XT Wings cinch down securely in the midfoot, thanks to Salomon’s quick-pull lacing system, and offer comfortable width and volume in the toe box. Narrow-footed testers might find the heel to be a bit too roomy.
Feel: This shoe has a relatively firm feel underfoot, with plenty of heel and forefoot cushion to keep feet comfortable. It feels like a serious shoe for aggressive mountain running instead of an early morning road-to-trail workout. Its pronation control mechanisms, 10.5mm heel-toe drop and solid undercarriage aid in stability but hinder flexibility.
Ride: Multi-directional lugs afford good traction for uphill and downhill running, while a stout toe-bumper keeps tootsies safe. This durable shoe has a burly amount of protection for the weight, which means rocks, roots and branches along the trail aren’t a problem.