Salomon Fellraiser, $110
Category: Rugged Mountain Runners
Weights: 10.2 oz. (men’s), 8.5 oz. (women’s)
Heights: 12mm (heel), 6mm (forefoot)
Fit: These have a medium fit from heel to midfoot and a wider toe box with just enough room to move.
Feel: With the easy-to-use one-pull lacing system, the Fellraiser cinches down as tight as you want for a secure feel. The lugs, while aggressive, are soft enough not to feel hard underfoot. The shoe feels agile and low to the ground, with enough outsole and cushion to not be dangerously so.
Ride: Like a tree frog glued to a branch, this agile shoe tackled rocks, roots and mud without slipping, making for a fun and responsive ride. The flexibility of the sole allowed for good trail feel and wear-testers said the cinched-down fit made for no toe banging on rapid descents.