What are the best shoes for winter running?

What are the best shoes for winter running?
The Editors
Santa Fe, NM

Dec 28, 2010
Outside Magazine
Ecco Women's Boulder GTX

Ecco Women's Boulder GTX


Ecco's Women's Boulder GTX ($140; eccousa.com) is a lightweight Gore-Tex shoe with a beefy rubber outsole that can handle just about any crud you can throw its way, including a mix of rock and ice on the ascent of my favorite local hill, Picacho Peak. In addition to the stability, the Boulder GTX also has a lightweight EVA midsole and elastic laces that have a very secure plastic cinching mechanism, which ensures your foot doesn't slip around—ever.

I'm always a fan of Salomon trail shoes for winter running. The latest model is the XR Crossmax ($130; salomon.com). With versions specific for neutral and pronation-prone runners who want to put on a lot of miles, the XR Crossmax takes advantage of new compounds and geometry for better "runnability" and a new "Sensiflex" technology, which is a soft, stretchy liner welded inside the shoe that allows the foot to flex in critical areas. The shoe is made on a women's-specific last and comes with all the regular Salomon perks like the stretch air mesh, a key pocket incorporated into the laces, and the "Quicklace" system—a bungy-like elastic cord that cinches and secures the shoe in seconds.

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