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Outside picks the essentials for March, including the New Balance Minimus Trail Zero.

A barefoot running shoe for winter. Ali Carr talks footwear at 2012’s Outdoor Retail Show. Read more here.

Keep them running all winter with these holiday gifts.

The perfect gifts for the active city-dweller.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw.

Pedal there in good form with the Born Burke shoes.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Pearl Izumi Streak II running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist trail runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Adidas Response Cushion Twenty M running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist trail runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Asics Gel-Kinsei 4 running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist trail runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Montrail Rogue Racer trail running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist trail runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Brooks Cascadia 6 trail running shoe.

Best Foot Forward: From marathon trainers to minimalist trail runners, we've got the right shoe for you, including the Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral trail running shoe.

Last year, Asics released a special version of its up-market, heavily cushioned Kayano training shoe that the company says will tune itself to accommodate changes in a woman's menstrual cycle. If that strikes you as an absurd idea, it should. The shoe is both silly and expensive. But it is…

What's the best shoe for a half marathon or marathon? Do I need lots of cushioning, or should I go minimalist?

One of our favorite hybrid road and trail running shoes.

The lightest marathon-racing shoe on the planet.

This year's Gear of the Year winner, the Vasque Aether Tech.

The anti-minimalist running shoe.

The Gear of the Year winner can take on any trail.

A traditional stability shoe that rails against the minimalist craze.

Sticky rubber keeps these lightweight trail runners glued to the dirt, especially excelling on mellow, rolling trails. $100…

A review of the New Balance 768, a good shoe for neutral runners.

Kicks built for smooth, short trail runs.

The most barebones training shoe in our line-up–our testers only wanted to run fast in this featherweight runner. $110…

One of the fastest road shoes we tested this year.

Overpronate? This stability shoe is all about controlling your motion, without compromising a springy feel. $140…

The Nike Air Structure Triax+ 11, this year's Killer Value.

Our favorite boots for snowshoeing in the coldest weather.

Our Gear of the Year winning road shoe delivers on comfort.

A brand new company delivers a shoe fit for the gnarliest trails.

A winterized trail shoe built to take a pounding.

This year's Killer Deal, a road shoe built for heavy training.

One of our favorite technical apres boots.

A review of the Asics Gel-3000.

The shoe for technical trails, the Salomon XT Wings.

This year's Killer Value, the Asics Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR.

The Gear of the Year winning Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5.

A firm running shoe built with lots of cushioning for heavier runners.

Pearl Izumi's new shoe was our Gear of the Year winner.

A lightweight and water-resistant shoe for running on non-technical trails.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Hydrapak E-Lite Hydration Vest.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the CamelBak Charge 450 Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Osprey Viper 4 Pack.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Saucony ProGrid Mirage running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Mizuno Wave Elixir 6 running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infiniti HPI running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the La Sportiva Quantum running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Montrail Fairhaven running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Saucony Progrid Peregrine running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Brooks Trailblade running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the New Balance Minimus Trail running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Brooks Ravenna 2 running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Asics Kayano 17 running shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Puma Faas 500 running shoe.

By Stephen Regenold Take some fashion cues from a sticky-sole river shoe, sprinkle a dose of design direction as per the current barefoot/minimalist footwear zeitgeist, and add heavy some field-test feedback from a Jesus Christ lookalike and ultra-runner wonder named Anton Krupicka,…

By Stephen Regenold In the past few years, a trend of super-sizing sports equipment like tennis racquets, golf clubs, and downhill skis has caught on with consumers. Whether it's more power,…

By Stephen Regenold I previewed the fancy Salomon EXO Sensifit line in my column earlier this week, “Gear Junkie Runs ‘America’s Toughest Road Marathon.'” Today, I want…

By Stephen Regenold Inov-8 Ltd. is a U.K.-based shoemaker known for its trail-running shoes. The company's line — which spans from traditional supportive runners to footwear made for orienteering and equipped with carbide spikes — is one of my favorite brands.

By Stephen Regenold Inov-8 Ltd. is a U.K.-based shoemaker known for its trail-running shoes. The company's line — which spans from traditional supportive runners to footwear made for orienteering and equipped with carbide spikes — is one of my favorite brands.

By Stephen Regenold Music is quick motivation for untold millions of exercisers running to stay in shape or training for that next big event. With its Ironman Series Earphones, Yurbuds, a company based…

By Stephen Regenold Music is quick motivation for untold millions of exercisers running to stay in shape or training for that next big event. With its Ironman Series Earphones, Yurbuds, a company based…

—Stephanie Pearson writes the Gear Girl column for Outsideonline.com There’s no better place to hike, mountain bike, and dehydrate than in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest, which also makes these red-canyon trails in the hot sun and high, dry air an ideal…

—Stephanie Pearson writes the Gear Girl column for Outsideonline.com There’s no better place to hike, mountain bike, and dehydrate than in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest, which also makes these red-canyon trails in the hot sun and high, dry air an ideal…

What is the best trail running shoe for someone with flatish feet, that is 195 pounds, and runs between 7-10 miles a day on rocky trails? My shoes often wear on the outside first.ScottCamp Lejeune, NC

What are the best shoes for winter running? The Editors Santa Fe, NM

Triathlon is one of the most gear-intensive sports there is, so try a few tris before you invest in a top-of-the line wetsuit or bike. In the meantime, here are a few great buys that will shave seconds off your time and get you amped for an Ironman. Specialized Women's…

By Stephen Regenold Running long distances with water is a pain. A backpack with a hydration bladder can significantly slow you down. Holding a water bottle in the hand is a hassle. And those fanny packs that secure a bike bottle for hydration on the hips?…

By Stephen Regenold Snow is on the ground. The temps are dropping. Winter has set in true and full in Minnesota, my home state, where the natives try not to let the dreary days of December get them down. One solution: Winter running! Indeed, endorphins are…

I run on trails in the Virgin Islands because it's the only safe place to run, but I don't have trail running shoes. I have been tearing through shoes because they can't handle the rough terrain. What is the best warm-weather trail running shoes? Imagine a rocky gravel trail that gets muddy due to frequent tropical downpours. —Greg

Size, Price: 64 oz, $21Flow Rate: 3*Funk Fighter? NoFilter-Compatible?: YesValve Shutoff?: NoGotta Love: Hang loop for easy dryingBummer: Fills from bottom; bite valve requires big biteSplat Test: Survived *Ratings: 1=Average, 3=Excellent…

LONG-HAUL COMFORT Most runners will either love or hate these flashy kicks on looks alone. But please, don’t be so superficial; there’s grit beneath the glam. Testers loved this shoe’s shock-absorbing heel pad, snug fit, and even flow through toe-off. The Triumph excelled on long, slow, base-building runs; several testers…

SPEED AND SOUND The Pegasus is like your favorite pair of jeans—soft, comfortable, and versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. And by anywhere, we mean both pavement and slushy trails. Like a true road shoe, its narrow shape and flexy construction inspire speed, especially on flat trails, dirt roads,…

If you already have a hydration reservoir and just need a more versatile pack to put it in, go for the Razor and its interchangeable hipbelts. Use the minimalist strap for running with a light load; swap in the padded belt when you cram the pack full for a day…

Technical Terrain Cross a race flat with a pair of crampons and the resulting mash-up might resemble the X-Talon. Tipping the scale at less than eight ounces, it’s like a slipper with cleats, with a snug fit and low-to-the-ground heel. Although its widely spaced, sticky rubber lugs…

Flat and Fast If you’re running dry, flat dirt trails, you might as well enjoy road-shoe-like comfort. Here the SyncroFuel XC delivers with a seamless upper and even cushioning—pillowy enough for long, slow miles but light enough to feel fluid at a lung-busting pace. The upper’s secure midfoot wrap held…

Why They’re CoolThe Stormfronts reverse the paradigm of waterproof footwear construction. By using Gore-Tex XCR fabric on the exterior of the shoe, rather than tucking it in the lining, they move the first line of moisture defense out where the rubber meets the road—or where the nubuck meets the thaw-muck.

BEST FOR ADVENTURE RACING You run where others walk? Then this is the shoe for you. After cruising up Colorado’s wickedly steep Mount Sanitas Trail, one tester gave the Active Trail Pro props for its reinforced sides, protective toe cap, and branch-busting undercarriage. Plus the Vibram sole adhered to everything…

SMOOTH OPERATOR Don’t mistake the minimalist Streak for a beefed-up road shoe—it’s more like a big-mountain shoe that’s been eating mostly salad. Though it has the airy mesh upper of a pavement pounder, underneath is a pliable plastic rock guard and sticky dual-density outsole that can handle full-speed switchbacks. With…

FLEXIBLE FLIER Good for Packed TrailsLike to blaze along your local fire road or creek path? The extremely light and flexible Paragon is tailor-made for off-road tempo runs and speed work. A sleek tread and multiple forefoot grooves make for a supple feel on the flats, but the Paragon…