La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 Trail Running Shoe

La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0

La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 Trail Running Shoe    Photo: Courtesy of La Sportiva

THE SELL: Fast in all conditions. THE TEST: The big teeth, narrow fit, and fast flex that made the first generation of the Crosslite such a nimble technical trail shoe remain, but testers reported that this new version felt slightly higher off the ground and softer in the heel than its predecessor. We found no better shoe to wear on loose downhills or snowy fire roads and trails. "When the terrain becomes an oil slick, this shoe shines," one tester enthused. Thumbs down, though, on the built-in gaiter, which makes adjusting the forefoot laces next to impossible. Note: runs a half-size small. THE VERCICT: Rally-car cornering with 4x4 traction. 10.9 oz; 8mm heel drop

Agility: 5
Protection: 4

Brand: La Sportiva $100
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