The North Face Single-Track Trail Running Shoes

    Photo: Photo by Inga Hendrickson

Imagine a shoe that feels right whether you're running three miles around the park or all day in the mountains. Fantasy? Nope. Everyone on our team—from hardcore ultramarathoners to high-cadence 10K trail racers to casual runners—fell in love with this shoe almost from the beginning. A minimalist upper keeps the weight competitive—and the comfort ranking high—without feeling flimsy, thanks to well-placed overlays. "This shoe hugs my foot better than any others," said one tester. A form-fitting heel cradle made of firm EVA foam helps stabilize the shoe when you're barreling down technical trails. "It's extremely nimble and agile on a variety of terrain," another tester said. The thin plastic plate under the forefoot offers protection from rocky jabs, and neutral cushioning and good forefoot flexibility allow a smooth turnover, even if you run pavement to get to the trailhead. 11.5 oz; thenorthface.com
Traction: 4.8 (out of 5)
Stability: 4.6
Speed: 4.7
$100

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