Joined: 05 Jun 2018
|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.
For runners looking to traverse varied rocky terrain during the winter season, a shoe with versatile grip and a water-resistant upper can come in handy. While there are several trail options that offer water resistance, a more traditional trail shoe like the Cascadia 12 GTX is a popular choice for many runners due to its rock protection and traction. Paired with a Gore-Tex upper, the shoe will help keep your feet dry if you happen to run into wet winter conditions. Another trail option for the runner seeking a more natural running experience is the Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell. Featuring a specialized upper with a Polartec NeoShell lining, the 3.0 NeoShell delivers a weather-resistant barrier to help keep your feet dry from the elements, while also offering Altraís zero drop design to allow for a more natural foot movement.
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.
Salomon offers a few different versions of the Speedcross 4 Ė I tested the CS (climashield) version. There is also a standard version that doesnít have additional fabric sealing and the GTX (Goretex) version that is the most weatherproof. The differences are in terms of how much water they will let in, but also affects how much heat they will let out. If you think of a jacket, these range from light wind jacket to a full on Goretex shell. I would use the standard shoe in the summer, and I have used the GTX version in the winter. This CS model that I tested is perfect on cooler fall days.
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