K-Swiss Blade-Max Trail Running Shoe

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Blade Max Trail

K-Swiss Blade Max Trail Running Shoe    Photo: Courtesy of K-Swiss

THE SELL: A hydrophobic, high-mileage trail runner. THE TEST: "Barely felt any rocks!" exclaimed one tester. THe highly water-resistant Blade-Max Trail smothers roots and stones under a thick layer of foam sliced with airy gaps that deform around trail contours. While all that cushioning sounds slow, its flexy forefoot, narrow toe box, and low weight make for a respectably quick turnover. Even so, some testers weren't sold. The plastic lace grommets are too sticky to dial in a confident fit, and it's too soft and high off the ground to deliver precise footing on truly technical trails. THE VERDICT: Comfortable cruiser for mellow trails and roads. 13.6 oz; 10mm heel drop

Agility: 2.5
Protection: 3.5