The Xodus has been the flagship of Saucony’s trail line, and has just received a complete overhaul to highlight its new approach to the category. The upper is a closed, engineered mesh with no-sew overlays, and now uses the ISO fit system long seen on Saucony’s high-end road models.
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Salewa has a long history in outdoor products and footwear, but it’s new to trail running. The Lite Train marks its first attempt in the category and is a surprisingly well-done and versatile trail running shoe. The upper is closed mesh with fused overlays that create a partial rand over most of the fore- and mid-foot.
By offering a little something for everybody, New Balance has carved out a niche in the trail running category. The Gobi is the first Fresh Foam trail shoe, merging two logical New Balance strengths. The upper is an engineered mesh with no-sew overlays and the requisite Toe-Protect™ for toe protection that’s up to the job.
The Speed Instinct is a new trail shoe in the HOKA ONE ONE line-up. Borrowing from the success of the Tracer, HOKA’s hybrid tempo/racing shoe, the Speed Instinct combines the more familiar HOKA midsole geometry with a quick-feeling trail runner. The upper is a closed minimesh, covered almost entirely in no-sew overlays, with little surface exposed in the rand.
Named for an ancient volcano in Oregon, the new Brooks Mazama is synonymous with trail adventures. Though it’s the lightest Brooks trail shoe to date, it’s no lightweight when it comes to handling its share of rugged trails. The upper is semi-open mesh with 3D-printed overlays for structure and a thermoplastic toe bumper for protection.