Thanks to its performance and fit, the Zante has amassed a considerable following. The upper fit has been refined with each update, but this season’s is the best yet in adapting to its curvy last. The engineered mesh may be responsible for some of the feel as it holds the foot more supportively.
This update to the Supernova Glide Boost moves the franchise forward to the next generation. This near-complete overhaul adopts features from the entire Boost range. The upper is an engineered bi-layer mesh with stiffer support provided by internally welded layers at the toe. The midfoot has a saddle created by the logo stripes, as before, adjusted to better conform and support.
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.
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.