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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
Brooks Adrenaline ASR 9, $120
11.3 oz. (m), 9.5 oz. (w)
Fit: A roomy feel from heel to toe makes the Adrenaline ideal for wider feet, but a higher volume heel cup makes for sloppy downhill running if not properly cinched. Elastic on the midfoot eyestays allow laces to give a little, which adds to the shoe’s long-wearing comfort for full-volume feet.
Feel: Going with the “more is more” theory, Brooks has endowed these easy-ride, road-to-trail cruisers with enough posting, arch support and cushion in a lighter weight, traditional 12mm drop package to help die-hard roadies get dirty.
Ride: Our testers logging 50+ miles on trails a week generally said they didn’t get the responsiveness or trail feel they were after, but runners who ran a mix of road and trail reported loving its cushy rebound and ability to perform well from pavement, to grass and dirt roads.