Spring 2013 Trail Running Shoe Review

The North Face Hyper-Track Guide, $120

Category: Versatile Cruiser
Weight: 9.3 oz (men’s); 7.9 oz (women’s)

Fit: The heel has a medium fit with secure mid-foot and an average volume toe box.

Feel: These pass the “standing test” with a soft midsole and breathable, open-mesh upper that has give so as not to pinch a wider forefoot and welded overlays for support. Or, according to one of our high-mileage testers, “From the minute I put these shoes on I knew I had found a new favorite pair of shoes. They enveloped my feet like a slipper, hugging without constricting.” The Hyper-Track Guide has a moderate 8mm heel-toe drop built into its neutral composition.

Ride: Testers raved about the light, quick, neutral ride, but felt inserts were a must if you were prone to pronation. These are slung low and close to the ground making for responsive trail feel. The lack of a rock plate and more minimal lugs make for a silky stride, but means you feel the whole trail, rocks and all. These were a top choice for short to medium length runs, speed training, racing, road-to-trail transitions and less technical trails.

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