The North Face Sentinel Boa

All-Terrain Machine

The North Face Sentinel Boa     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Roads. Trails. Dirt paths. If you like to mix it up, the Sentinel is your shoe, striking a nice balance of cushioning—for repetitive pavement pounding—and stiffness, for stability on dirt. The dependable traction and a light overall feel inspired fast footwork on switchbacks, and the wire-ratcheting Boa lace system creates a confidence-inspiring fit with a quick twist of the knob. "You can really dial in the exact tightness you want at the start of the run," said one tester, "and make micro-adjustments easily midrun." 12.1 oz; $130; thenorthface.com

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