Skechers GoRun Forza 3 $120

     2018 seems to be the year for dramatic makeovers for Skechers, with the Forza 3 being the latest recipient. The obvious difference in appearance though, is backed up by significant improvement in performance.

Hoka One One Cavu $110

     Hoka is known for their highly cushioned shoes, less so for a tuned ride, but the Cavu is their latest model to reside in this arena.  The upper is engineered mesh, mostly closed with strategically placed openings over the toes, lateral saddle, and most of the medial side.

Under Armour Bandit XC Spikeless $100

The Bandit XC gets a little mid production bump, an almost update. The upper is a waffle-like mesh with welded overlays shaping the toe, and wrap back to the sides of the heel and its stiffer material.

Saucony Havok XC2 Spikeless $75

The Havok is appropriately named, a shoe for all out running, as fast as you can across the countryside. This update is complete, with an edgier look - though the function remains the same, as it should be.

Nike Zoom Rival Waffle $65


Nike originated the cross-country specific shoe with their introduction of the original Waffle. In the current line it is the good, of a good, better, best option. The upper is a close-fitting closed mesh, with securing straps across the forefoot providing a visual and structural support to the foot.