Fall 2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Dynafit Feline Superlight GTX, $160 [Editor’s Pick: Best Traction]

9.5 oz. (only available in men’s sizes. 

Fit: The Feline Superlight is equipped with a secure heel cup and snug-fitting forefoot. While the toebox width is generous, some testers felt it ran a little short.

Feel: The Feline is secure and sturdy, with a stable, yet unobtrusive platform (11mm heel-toe drop) and good trail feel. The most unique feature is the 17 noble metals submerged in the midsole, which are supposed to positively influence a runner’s energy flow, balance, strength and performance. The weatherproof GTX version that we reviewed can be hot in warm conditions.

Ride: A mountain runner designed to tackle rocks and mixed terrain, this shoe serves up a quick and responsive ride and amazing traction. The grip, stout toe bumper and forefoot flex are overkill for crushed cinders but rank beyond compare on loose rock, chalky trails, steep climbs and technical descents.

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