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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
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.