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|But while we saw many similarities between the two lists, there were some notable differences as well ó one of which being the presence of both Nike trail shoes on the womenís list. The Terra Kiger 4 and Wildhorse 4 ranked in at eleventh and seventeenth respectively. These two models have been the driving force of Nike trail running for years, and while there havenít been huge changes, they continue to be a reliable and versatile option for a variety of trail runners. It was also a nice surprise to see Inov-8 make the list with the Trailtalon 250. Inov-8 offers a fairly wide range of trail products, but the Trailtalon 250 seems to stand out due to its lightweight performance and versatile traction.
The only non-New Balance shoe to make the top five was the Salomon S-Lab Ultra. Built with a high level of performance and cushioning in mind, weíve seen this shoe develop a loyal following since its release in early 2017. Another trainer from Salomon that has seen high sales since its initial release is the Sense Ride. Coming in at number eleven on the list, the Sense Ride delivers fantastic performance with a value-oriented price tag that makes it a must have for the trail runner looking to save a few bucks.
This year, Solomon came out with an update on their classic XA Pro 3D Ultra model. I was excited when I first saw the updates, because they included their new endofit technology. I have a pair of the Salomon Sense Mantras that I really love for trail running, and the endofit in those makes it feel like youíre wearing socks. After starting Tour du Mont Blanc in pair of Inov8s that failed miserably on my downhill walk to Les Chapieux, I picked up a pair of these new XA Pro 3Ds the following day in Courmayeur. I hadnít planned on getting a pair, but in times of need, I stick to what feels best, and a brand that Iíve had history with. Another great piece of advice Iíve read is to stick with a brand that tests itís products in a location similar to what youíll be hiking in. Anyway, the addition of the endofit seemed to solve all of the gripes I had with the older version, and after a quick walk-a-round in the store, set out in a shiny new pair of blue, red, and yellow hikers.
The XA Pro 3Ds are lighter and more breathable than any hiking shoe I have ever worn before. They didnít restrict me in any way and my feet generally felt comfortable in them. With a lightweight shoe as opposed to a boot I was concerned they might not offer an adequate level of protection, but my worries turned out to be misguided. Rarely an hour went by on trail when I didnít stub my toe on a rock or trip over an exposed root and each time the solid toe of the shoe meant that my feet remained in one piece. No broken toes. My only blister on the entire trail occurred right at the beginning after pushing myself too hard to reach Ziggy and the Bearís, incidentally making my first 26 mile day.
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