Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Avia Avi Bolt XZR II, $100

9.5 oz. (m), 8.0 oz. (w)

Fit: The quick-pull lacing system, tightened laces over the entire foot for a consistent, no-slip fit that was secure through the heel and midfoot, with some forefoot wiggle room.

Feel: One tester claimed this medium drop shoe (8mm) had, “a robust feel for the weight,” with enough cushion and sole protection to feel great, even after several hours on the trail. The Bolt has a memory foam heel cushion, which felt a bit awkward initially, but was comfortable a few miles into our first test run. Open mesh upper construction helped to keep feet dry, unless you experience a water crossing, then you get wet, but dry quickly.

Ride: A segmented sole provided increased flexibility on obstacles and uneven trail. Testers experienced secure traction going both up and downhill, but had some slippage on smooth rocks, despite the multi-directional lugs.

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