Light, Fast & Free: 2014 Summer Trail Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Dynafit Pantera

Dynafit Pantera, $140

11.7 oz. (men’s), 9.9 oz. (women’s)

34 mm (heel), 26 mm forefoot

Category: MOUNTAIN MARAUDER

Fit: It has a cushioned interior heel that aids the snugged-down fit in the rearfoot and arch area. The toebox is a happy medium between snug and roomy, offering enough room for toes to wiggle, splay and swell on long mountain runs.

Feel: It’s not the lightest shoe on the trail, but you’ll appreciate the extra girth, durability and protection while running over rocks, roots and any other obstacle you encounter out in the wild.

Ride: A durable, supportive but surprisingly agile mountain running shoe, the Pantera tears through rugged technical trails with a reassuring stability and a comfortable softness underfoot. “Very stable and a lot of protection,” one tester remarked. “This is a great shoe for running rugged mountain trails,” another tester said.

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