The Best Summer Trail Runners of 2013

(Inga Hendrickson)
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Saucony Xodus 4

BEST FOR: Midfooters on steep terrain

The Xodus 4’s quarter-inch lugs and ample forefoot foam make it about as close to a mud tire as you’ll find. But the main reason this midfoot shoe is ideal for big-mountain terrain has to do with the locked-down fit that kept it from sloshing around on slick downhills. 11.2 oz

Salomon XR Shift

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(Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Going from blacktop to singletrack

The XR Shift has a split personality: the secure fit, toe protection, and debris guard of a trail runner with the low lugs, thick foam, and fleshy upper of a road shoe. The 11-millimeter drop and firm, responsive feel underfoot make it a great choice for heel strikers. 10.7 oz

New Balance 910V1

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(Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Long days in the mountains

The heavily armored New Balance 910V1 features a plush heel collar, a foam-lined upper, and a pillowy midsole. And while the drop’s a little high and the padding a little soft for precision footwork, it’ll take you anywhere you want to run. 10.1 oz

The North Face Ultra Guide

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(Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Fast runs on rainy days

We liked how the Ultra Guide's widely spaced lugs bit into slick corners, but we craved more structure in the heel on rocky singletrack. North Face does make a waterproof version, but for most of us the perk isn’t worth the extra weight. 9.6 oz

Brooks Puregrit 2

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(Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Midfoot runners on dry tracks

If you’re a fan of low-profile trainers and run exclusively on dry terrain, this shoe was made for you. The subdued lugs—smooth on pavement—don’t perform in mud. But the PureGrit has a nimble feel and enough padding to hammer down the steepest hills. 10 oz

Merrell Trail Glove 2

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(Inga Hendrickson)

BEST FOR: Paleos on polished trails

Beware: with this pared-down slip-on, the only thing between the sole of your foot and sharp rocks is a Vibram outsole and a flexible plastic rockplate. But for ultra-efficient runners, there may be no off-road shoe that’s more fun. 7 oz

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