BEST FOR: Road and trail.
THE TEST: The FluidFeel swings both ways. With a thick mattress of firm foam and recessed lugs, it felt smooth on pavement, but the narrow, snug midfoot made it noticeably secure on real-deal trails, including the steepest, most hazard-littered ones we could find. Naturally, a shoe with this breadth requires some sacrifices—you’ll lose a little comfort on the road and a little agility on technical terrain, but far less than with most hybrid shoes. Watch your step: that plastic arch support is slippery on logs.
THE VERDICT: A true off-roader that doesn’t feel clunky on pavement and has a bit more pillow and bite than the other hybrid here, the North Face Hyper-Track. 9.7 oz; 8 mm drop