Got control issues? The Trail Comp's upper contours around your foot like a padded spiderweb, hugging it close to the sole for a supersnug fit. Salomon also slimmed down the ankle and tightened the instep to accommodate female feet. All of the above, plus good traction, equaled mad control on diverse terrain for our testers. 10 oz; www.salomonsports.com
Bonus: An ankle cuff wraps the foot and locks it in place for stability on hairy downhills.
Bummer: Some testers got blisters from the slick insoles; replace with your own orthotic or an insert.