La Sportiva Anakonda, $125
Category: Rugged Mountain Runner
Weight: 10.0 oz (men’s, unisex sizing)
Height off the ground: 18mm (heel); 14mm (forefoot)
FIT: This new model ran true to length with a stout heel cup and slim fit through the midfoot and toe box.
FEEL: Built for running fast and nimbly on steep, technical terrain, the Anakonda feels low to the ground, with a thin layer of midfoot cushioning for a smooth underfoot sensation despite rather beefy outsole lugs. A full-length flexible rock plate offers some underfoot protection and a little firmness, but definitely not enough to inhibit the shoe’s natural-flexing demeanor.
RIDE: You’ll devour rocks and mud (and anything else you encounter) for hours in these grippy trail fiends. Multi-directional treads and an easy-flexing chassis make for secure footing, even in wet and muddy conditions, and the solid TPU heel counter provides protection in loose scree.
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