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

Salomon Sense Pro

Salomon Xscream, $110

10.9 oz. (men’s), 8.8 oz. (women’s)

26 mm (heel), 17 mm forefoot


Fit: This model fits very generously, much more spaciously than most other models. The flexible exo-skeleton of this shoe’s upper and the one-pull lacing system can create a wrap-like sensation around the midfoot to create a custom fit, but our wear-testers with narrower feet found it hard to dial in a snug fit.

Feel: A do-everything shoe built with the versatility of going from road to trail and back again, the Xscream has some of the cushioning, flexibility, stability and comfort of a road shoe with just enough trail-inspired features and an outsole to match. It has just enough softness and interior padding to be comfortable, but it lacks a nimble feeling for agile maneuvering.

Ride: Although it falls into the moderate hybrid category, it truly straddles the middle ground, meaning it’s best on semi-rough terrain but not great on either end of the spectrum—roads/smooth trails or super technical gnarly routes. As such, the ride received very moderate enthusiasm from our wear-testers, nothing that stuck out as being exceptional. But if you’re the type of runner that is new to trail running and wants to add a versatile shoe to your quiver of road shoes, this is still a good one to consider. “This seems like an entry-level trail shoe, made for someone who might only be running moderate trails,” one wear-tester summed up.

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