Merrell Proterra Sport Trail Shoe

Salewa Firetail GTX Merrell Proterra Sport Columbia Conspiracy OutDry best trail shoes of 2013

Salewa Firetail GTX, Merrell Proterra Sport, and Columbia Conspiracy OutDry    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Those looking for big-time grip in a lightweight package.

THE TEST: “The sole offered easy forefoot flex and no heel slippage,” one tester reported after a trek through Mount Hood National Forest. The Proterra Sport’s grip is outstanding, thanks to a low-to-the-ground design—it’s lightly cushioned and nearly flat, like a minimalist running shoe—and inverted outsole lug pattern, which kept its hold on rocky and scree-choked trails. As airy as the shoe is, the tight mesh is surprisingly water resistant. Want more ankle support? The Proterra Sport comes in a midheight, too.

THE VERDICT: Incredible trail feel; fits average-to-wide feet best. 13.5 oz.

LIGHTNESS: 5 
RUGGEDNESS
: 3.5

Brand: Merrell $100
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