Fall 2013 Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

ECCO Biom Ultra

ECCO BIOM Ultra, $160

Category: Rugged Mountain Runners

Weights: 12.0 oz. (men’s), 10.0 oz. (women’s)

Men’s heights: 26mm (heel), 16mm (forefoot)

Women’s heights: 24mm (heel), 15mm (forefoot)

Fit: Women found the fit to be narrow throughout, but true to size. Men found them to run large. Try them on for the best fit.

Feel: Runners looking for more support will appreciate the firm, stable and protected feel of this new model with a more traditional stack height.

Ride: Your foot nestles down in this shoe for a secure ride as you fly up and down trails full of rocks and roots — the strong suit of this grippy, durable runner. A stout overlay strip runs from behind the arch, around the toe, to the outside of the foot, for impressive abrasion protection, both for the shoe and your foot. The ride was smooth, but less energetic on flat paths and road transitions.

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