Saucony Xodus 4.0, $110
Category: Rugged Mountain Runners
Weights: 11.2 oz. (men’s), 10.1 oz. (women’s)
Heights: 23.5mm (heel), 19.5mm (forefoot)
Fit: The fit is snug and secure throughout, with just enough wiggle room in the toe box.
Feel: The Xodus 4.0 feels stable yet comfortable and is firm under foot without being rigid, providing a more stable running platform than other shoes in this review. It’s not quite as nimble as many runners are used to, but it more than makes up for it in stability, support and traction.
Ride: Although probably overkill for your standard rails-to-trails pathways and smooth dirt roads, these rock fiends tackle technical terrain. Wear-testers rated these as being “able to stand up to any trail, no matter how tough” and “legitimate rock-hoppers.” A beefy outsole grips well in conditions ranging from sand and scree to mud, with flared lugs around the perimeter to help keep you upright in any conditions.