Merrell Proterra Sport Trail Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Salewa Firetail GTX Merrell Proterra Sport Columbia Conspiracy OutDry best trail shoes of 2013

Salewa Firetail GTX, Merrell Proterra Sport, and Columbia Conspiracy OutDry    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Those looking for big-time grip in a lightweight package.

THE TEST: “The sole offered easy forefoot flex and no heel slippage,” one tester reported after a trek through Mount Hood National Forest. The Proterra Sport’s grip is outstanding, thanks to a low-to-the-ground design—it’s lightly cushioned and nearly flat, like a minimalist running shoe—and inverted outsole lug pattern, which kept its hold on rocky and scree-choked trails. As airy as the shoe is, the tight mesh is surprisingly water resistant. Want more ankle support? The Proterra Sport comes in a midheight, too.

THE VERDICT: Incredible trail feel; fits average-to-wide feet best. 13.5 oz.

: 3.5