BEST FOR: Tempo workouts, mountain running, and just about everything else.
THE TEST: The narrow performance fit, firm midsole, and best-in-class midfoot security of the upper put the Bajada at the top of the charts for agility, responsiveness, and—yep—fun. The 10-millimeter heel-to-toe drop slightly favors heel strikers, but even midfooters will appreciate the extra slab of foam during downhills. On dodgy mountain singletrack and mellow fire roads, the high-traction Bajada proved to be a true utility player, though the subdued lugs and mesh upper were overwhelmed in sloppy mud.
THE VERDICT: One of very few shoes that actually made us say “Wow” out loud. 10.3 oz; 10-mm heel-to-toe drop.