K-Swiss Blade-Max Trail

Blade Max Trail

K-Swiss Blade Max Trail Running Shoe     Photo: Courtesy of K-Swiss

THE SELL: A hydrophobic, high-mileage trail runner. THE TEST: "Barely felt any rocks!" exclaimed one tester. THe highly water-resistant Blade-Max Trail smothers roots and stones under a thick layer of foam sliced with airy gaps that deform around trail contours. While all that cushioning sounds slow, its flexy forefoot, narrow toe box, and low weight make for a respectably quick turnover. Even so, some testers weren't sold. The plastic lace grommets are too sticky to dial in a confident fit, and it's too soft and high off the ground to deliver precise footing on truly technical trails. THE VERDICT: Comfortable cruiser for mellow trails and roads. 13.6 oz; 10mm heel drop

Agility: 2.5
Protection: 3.5

Brand: K-Swiss $130

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