Patagonia Forerunner

Jan 31, 2012
Outside Magazine

THE SELL: Patagonia’s lightest-ever trail runner marks the company’s entry into the minimalist-shoe market. THE TEST: The low-drop, 9.1-ounce Forerunners were our go-to pick for fast, aggressive runs on well-maintained trails. Nubby outsoles gave solid traction, and testers liked the Forerunner’s simple, breathable upper and single-density foam cushioning. But all that mesh meant that these were the least weather-resistant shoes in the group, which left a couple of testers with wet feet on rainy days, dirty socks on dry ones, and no protection from protruding sticks. THE VERDICT: Everything you’d want from $90 shoes; too bad they’re $110. 8.3 oz; 4-mm heel-to-toe drop

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