BEST FOR: Going fast on flat terrain.
THE TEST: The Hyper-Track Guide is hard to pin down. It’s one of the new tweener shoes—lightweight with moderate heel drop—that both midfoot and mildly heel-striking testers liked. With lugs so flat they almost don’t exist, the shoe delivers a smooth stride on firm dirt and pavement. “A great choice for dust paths or smooth singletrack,” said one tester. On road, however, some felt it was too spartan and firm to log a lot of miles. That low-riding firmness, though, translates to a lot of speed and energy, and great agility on technical trails.
THE VERDICT: A jack-of-all-terrains, with a slightly more minimalist approach than the comparable Montrail Fluid Feel. Keep it far away from mud. 9.7 oz; 8 mm drop