Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

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.

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