BEST FOR: Heel strikers on winter roads and mellow trails.
THE TEST: Brooks bills the Ghost GTX as a straight-up road shoe, but we found it to be more of a road-trail hybrid—a good thing, especially if you run on a variety of terrain, from flat and paved to hilly and rocky. There’s just enough midfoot structure to feel reasonably secure on off-camber terrain, while the Gore-Tex liner keeps things warm and dry and the soft, understated lugs provide decent slop-season traction without feeling like overkill on dry pavement.
THE VERDICT: All-weather cruiser, though we had some durability issues with the outsole. 11.4 oz; 12-mm heel-to-toe drop.
Run a lot in cold rain, slush, or wet snow? The Brooks and Gear of the Year-winning Salomons are the only fully waterproof shoes here.