Merrell CTR Cruise

Stable at Any Speed

Merrell CTR Cruise     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Time for a run—or a hike? The CTR Cruise is ready for either. It's just light, flexible, and cushioned enough for trail running—with a higher-than-average ankle cuff that gives it good side-to-side stability in challenging terrain, and a secure fit that minimizes foot sliding on steep descents. But given the extra padding, hefty toe bumper, and excellent traction, it's also up for fast-and-light hikes with a pack. All that armor comes at a price, of course, and the Cruise is clunkier—but also comfier—than the less padded and cushier pure trail runners here. 12.8 oz; $110; merrell.com

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