Road and Trail Running Shoes

Get in gear with these heavy-duty trail runners and barely-there road shoes.

Aug 18, 2010
Outside Magazine
Garmont 9.81 Bolt DL

Garmont 9.81 Bolt DL

Garmont 9.81 Bolt DL
The Gripper
The tread on Garmont's first trail runner doesn't look particularly aggressive. Looks, we soon found out, can be deceiving. The Bolt DL stuck to everything we touched--rocks, mud, and gravel--and with a low-to-the-ground design, it had a good feel for the trail on really tricky sections. Though the midsole is slimmer than most, with only a slight bit of cushioning, a dense pad of EVA foam under the forefoot and a burly toe bumper give enough protection for most trail hazards. Our one gripe: The one-pull laces provide a solid fit but are hard to fully tuck away. 12 oz; $110;