Tough and nimble, these off-road kicks are ready to fly
Less is more—that's the big idea behind the latest crop of pared-down shoes.
Minimalist? Check. Maximalist? Double check. Fast and light? Always. Trail-running shoes now come in a wider variety than ever. Here are the best off-road picks for every runner.
An extremely fast, secure, nimble, and stable shoe.
From minimalist speedsters to winter-ready mountain scramblers, we’ve got you covered.
There was a time when shoe companies took their bestselling road models, slapped some dark colors on them, toughened up their outsoles, made them uncomfortably stiff, and marketed them as trail shoes. And guess what. Hardly anyone bought ’em. Thank goodness that those days have finally come to an end.
Kicks designed specifically for the female foot, including The North Face Single Track Hayasa, best for mixed road and trail runs; the Salomon XR Mission, best for long trail runs in rough terrain; the New Balance 890V2, best for a cushy on up-tempo runs; and the Pearl Izumi Kissaki, best for high-mileage marathon training and racing.
It’s “the perfect fourteener shoe,” one Colorado-based tester proclaimed, which is perhaps the best compliment a running-hiking hybrid like the PeakFreak can receive.
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