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Saucony Xodus 6.0, $120 ($140 for GoreTex version) — Best Traction
Weights: 11.4 oz. (men’s); 9.9 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 4mm offset; 23.5mm (heel), 19.5mm (forefoot)
This shoe is for you if … you crave a burly yet agile shoe to charge technical terrain.
Fit-feel-ride: This is a confidence-inspiring shoe for running on rugged terrain. The Vibram outsole is about as aggressive as anything out there, grabbing hold of loose dirt and wet rocks, both uphill and down. A solid amount of overlays protects the tops and sides of feet from rocks and roots, while not bogging down the shoe. Despite the protection and grip of the Xodus, it still runs fairly light and allows notable agility. We didn’t love this shoe on moderate, non-technical terrain. It’s major toothiness felt like overkill, and may contribute to it not feeling smooth-riding. But since this shoe is built to charge on rugged terrain, we think it does its intended job well.
Plus: There’s a Gore-Tex version of the Xodus 6.0 if you seek a full-on winter charger for running in snow.
Minus: If you run part mellow trail, and even part road, you’ll likely find it overkill.