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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
ALTRA ZeroDrop Superior, $95 [Editor’s Pick: Best Ride]
8.9 oz. (m), 8.2 oz. (w)
Fit: The Superior has a comfortably snug fit through heel and midfoot, and opens into a wider toebox, meant to mimic the shape of the foot, for a roomy, not sloppy, fit.
Feel: With just enough cushion and Altra’s zero heel-to-toe drop, these trail runners felt sublime (with no bulkiness or added weight) from the moment we laced them up. They had a semi-firm feel underfoot, which was just fine with our testers—even on short stretches of pavement.
Ride: Remember when you got new shoes as a kid and they inspired you to run far and fast? That’s what it’s like hitting the trail in these responsive runners. From technical steeps to rolling cruisers, low-profile, multi-directional lugs provide great traction without compromising ground feel or flexibility. The rounded toebox allows for natural foot spread and enhanced maneuverability.