As the year draws to a close and the promise of new and improved trail shoes hangs in the air, I decided that it would be appropriate to make a list of my top 5 Trail Running shoes of the year. This year the traffic on my blog has increased drastically, and my most read posts are related to shoe reviews. As a result of that, I have had an increase in manufactures sending me shoes to test and review and/or evaluate.
I only have one absolute rule for what goes on my feet. The difference between the heel and forefoot cannot exceed 5mm. My sweet spot for a long distance running shoe is a lightweight upper combined with enough cushioning to run for hours upon hours at a time. I have sorted my list based on the number of miles I have put on that model this year. As of this writing I have run 3048 miles. Over 1500 of those miles were run in these 5 shoes. With that, I give you my top 5, in descending order.
#5 Salomon S-Lab Sense. (56.2 miles)
|Salomon S-Lab Sense|
Pros - Light weight, snug fit, great rock protection, bad ass looking
Cons - Traction could be better, $200 MSRP, reported short life
I love the way these shoes feel. I have run few miles in them because I'm trying to "save" them for just the right race and training situations. You can read my review of them here