Saucony Xodus 4

The key factors when it comes to off-road running shoes are terrain and running style. From slip-ons for minimalists on desert singletrack to mud-busting kicks for heel-strikers on forest roads, these are the season’s

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BEST FOR: Midfooters on steep terrain

The Xodus 4’s quarter-inch lugs and ample forefoot foam make it about as close to a mud tire as you’ll find. But the main reason this midfoot shoe is ideal for big-mountain terrain has to do with the locked-down fit that kept it from sloshing around on slick downhills. 11.2 oz

Brand: Saucony $110
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