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Salomon Sense Pro 2, $130
Light, fast and versatile, the updated Sense Pro is a jack of all trails. While it’s amply cushioned in the heel, it serves up a low-to-the-ground, agile feel in the forefoot. That combination allows it to be comfortable running slow or fast over short or long distances. The low-profile sticky rubber outsole lugs provide great adhesion on rocks and wet surfaces, but they’re smooth and subtle enough to stay out of the way while running on hard-packed dirt roads. A slightly bolstered toe cap and a slice of protective film underfoot offer just enough protection without inhibiting the flex and nimble feeling of this shoe.
Plus: The one-pull lacing system snugs the shoe down with equal pressure from all points, creating a reliably secure fit.
Minus: A few testers thought this shoe had too cavernous of a toe box.
Weights: 9.2 oz. (men’s), 8.5 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 6mm; 23mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)