BEST FOR: Those looking for big-time grip in a lightweight package.
THE TEST: “The sole offered easy forefoot flex and no heel slippage,” one tester reported after a trek through Mount Hood National Forest. The Proterra Sport’s grip is outstanding, thanks to a low-to-the-ground design—it’s lightly cushioned and nearly flat, like a minimalist running shoe—and inverted outsole lug pattern, which kept its hold on rocky and scree-choked trails. As airy as the shoe is, the tight mesh is surprisingly water resistant. Want more ankle support? The Proterra Sport comes in a midheight, too.
THE VERDICT: Incredible trail feel; fits average-to-wide feet best. 13.5 oz.