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La Sportiva Raptor Technical rock hopper who likes running rugged singletrack

The Raptor adds a new proprietary rubber to the outsole that’s stickier than anything else in La Sportiva’s running line. The mesh upper helps to keep the Raptor relatively light, but this shoe is best for long-distance training. $110; 12.3 ounces.

Patagonia Tsali A fleet-footed trail runner looking to PR in a short race The Tsali is the company’s first legitimate trail running shoe specifically designed for speed. The upper is based on the snug design of a climbing, with laces that secure the sides of the feet as well as the top, while the last is super flexible with just enough protection and cushion to keep your feet happy. $100; 8.1 ounces.

Montrail Rockridge AN Ultra runner seeking a comfy partner on long training runs

The Rockridge blends the low-profile last of a road shoe with the aggressive outsole and forefoot protection of a trail runner. The result is a lightweight, nimble shoe that performs well on and off the road. The shoe doesn’t flex until your strike reaches the forefoot. The seamless liner inside the mesh upper makes the ride ceven smoother. $90; 11.4 ounces.

GoLite Comp A techy runner who craves the latest, greatest innovations

The waterproof GoLite Comp uses Soft Against the Ground technology, which is an inverted approach to suspension that helps create a more stable platform on technical terrain. The Comp’s outsole gives against the ground, while the midsole stays firm. The design is based on the suspension of cars, where the shocks absorb uneven terrain but the car stays stable. $140; 13.5 ounces.

Inov-8  Roclite 295 A trail maven who wants good grip but doesn’t want to be weighed down by clunky shoes

The Roclite 295 is a lightweight trail shoe that is popular with both elite ultramarathoners and beginning trail runners. The aggressive, sticky rubber tread provides outstanding grip and a slightly softer ride, and the low-profile midsole allows for fast, stable running. It’s a versatile shoe that performs well on any surface: techincial trail, slick mud, and even gravel and paved roads. $95; 10.5 ounces.

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