BEST FOR: Speedy midfoot strikers; flat terrain in dry weather.
THE TEST: This trail version of Saucony’s extremely popular Kinvara road shoe does the family proud. A low and responsive midsole provides the familiar floats-on-your-foot feel and lightning-quick turnover. But it’s also armed with mildly aggressive lugs and just enough cushioning to allow you to hammer down mellow trails. Note: while the fit is decidedly narrow, it’s not completely secure—the stretchy overlays give the shoe an initial slipperlike comfort but let your foot slide and squish around disappointingly on the rocky stuff.
THE VERDICT: Screamingly fast and fun. 7.9 oz; 4-mm heel-to-toe drop.