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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
adidas Adizero XT 4, $100
9.9 oz. (unisex shoe)
Fit: The Adizero XT 4 has a narrow, secure fit through the heel and mid foot, and opens up in the toebox for some wiggle room.
Feel: A combination of firm foam in the midsole and a firm rubber outsole provides protection and durability, but can also feel hard at first. The breathable mesh upper has stitched and welded overlays for increased support.
Ride: Although it feels firm out of the box, the XT 4 is a responsive dream on the trail. The Continental rubber outsole (yes, just like the tires) feels secure on damp rock and soft dirt trails, while the firm sole construction makes for a clean, energetic ride on varied terrain. This shoe (which has a low-slung 6mm heel-toe drop) offers good feel for the trail, but our testers felt it is a model best enjoyed on softer or semi-technical trails.