BEST FOR: Light trail running; fast-packing trips.
THE TEST: Only comfy shoes made our cut, but if we had an award for extraordinary out-of-the-box comfort, the waterproof-breathable Conspiracy OutDry would win it. Much of the cush can be credited to the shoe’s multidensity midsole foam: it’s stiffer near the outsole for support but softer near the footbed for comfort. Watch out on wet terrain, though. During an overnight 14-mile hike on Kauai’s Na Pali Coast trail, one tester reported that the shoe became slick on creek crossings: “Stay the hell off of wet granite.”
THE VERDICT: The best-in-test shoe for riding the line between hiking and trail running. 10 oz.