This shoe’s beauty runs more than skin deep. On flat, mellow trails, the Fore Runner kept up with the best shoes in our test, with a low-riding, thin-midsole, midfoot-strike-friendly gait. The wind-resistant soft-shell upper placed this at the top of the comfy scale, but the lack of overlays made for disappointingly insecure fit on hills and corners. 7.8 oz; 4-mm heel-to-toe drop.
Brand: Patagonia $125