GEL FUJIRADO

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ASICS

$160 The Boa lace sys­tem, which uses spe­cially de­signed soft laces on Asics’ Gel Fujirado, en­sures you can lit­er­ally dial in the per­fect fit so you get lots of com­fort­able, lat­eral sup­port that will get you through even the tough­est trails. The mono con­struc­tion pro­vides a snug fit that keeps out stones, twigs and other de­bris, while the SPEVA mid­sole of­fers lots of pro­tec­tion. The high-den­sity rub­ber used in the out­sole, which has re­versed lugs, pro­vides lots of trac­tion and dura­bil­ity. Weigh­ing just 300 g (10.6 oz.), you get a lot of sup­port in this flex­i­ble and fast-feel­ing shoe.

SKECH­ERS GOTRAIL 2

$140 The Gotrail 2 of­fers up the best of Skech­ers’ road tech­nol­ogy in a shoe that is de­signed to hit the trails. This wa­ter-re­sis­tant shoe uses 5GEN mid­sole cush­ion­ing to en­sure you get lots of cush­ion­ing, while the mid­foot strike zone that we like so much in the Skech­ers road mod­els re­mains, en­sur­ing you get a fast-feel­ing shoe that’s easy to turnover and launch from your heel to toe with ease. There’s a spe­cial fore­foot pres­sure dis­per­sion plate for added im­pact pro­tec­tion, along with a multi-sur­face trac­tion out­sole that of­fers lots of trac­tion and pro­tec­tion. You can re­ally feel the moulded heel counter that en­sures the shoe hugs your foot. The end re­sult is a light­weight, com­fort­able shoe (272 g or 9.6 oz.) that feels su­per fast, but also pro­vides ex­cel­lent cush­ion­ing and sup­port.

SALOMON S-LAB XA AMPHIB

$220 Swim/run events are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar th­ese days and the S-lab XA Amphib is de­signed specif­i­cally for those races. Fast and ef­fi­cient whether your feet are wet or dry, th­ese shoes don’t pro­vide a lot of cush­ion­ing (at 215 g or 7.6 oz. there’s not much too them). But for those who can han­dle a closer-to-bare­foot shoe, they are an amaz­ing op­tion when you need to be able to bounce back and forth be­tween swim­ming and run­ning. De­signed so that the mid­sole cra­dles your foot, you can use the Quick Fit lac­ing sys­tem to dial in a cus­tom­ized fit. The quick dry­ing mesh up­per is ex­tremely com­fort­able, while the OS Ten­don sup­port sys­tem built into the shoe pro­vides a sur­pris­ing amount of sup­port and some cush­ion­ing.

HOKA ONE ONE SPEEDGOAT 2

$220 Like Hoka’s road-ori­ented shoes, the Speedgoat 2 uses an over­sized EVA mid­sole for out­stand­ing sup­port and cush­ion­ing in a shoe that still man­ages to feel light and fast. The Speedgoat 2 is de­signed for any sur­face that’s not road, but is re­ally geared for tech­ni­cal and tough trails. A wide base en­sures you have a sta­ble plat­form as you go over rough ter­rain, while the Vibram Me­ga­grip out­sole uses 5 mm lugs to pro­vide lots of grip. The mesh up­per is sup­port­ive and hugs your foot, but re­mains very breath­able. Like the Hoka One One road shoes, the Speedgoat 2 feels quick from heel to toe but still of­fers lots of pro­tec­tion and sup­port. (278 g or 9.8 OZ.)—TMC

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