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Pros Very protective midsole and upper, sock-like fit, grippy traction, lighter than previous versionIncredible protection for a zero drop shoe, comfortable, sensitive, extremely durable and sticky tractionPrecise fit, very grippy on rock, comfortable upper effectively keeps out debrisComfortable, low to the ground stability, lightweight, drains water wellSolid foot protection, good traction, drains water very well, heel collar keeps out debris
Cons Expensive, durability concernsExpensive, absorbs water easilyNarrower than average, a bit pricey, not the lightestTraction not the best on slick surfaces, light on underfoot protectionA tad heavy, not super sensitive, narrow forefoot
Bottom Line The highest performing trail running shoe that also comes with the highest price tagA zero drop shoe that is designed for the rigors of ultra distance running and won’t break down after a few weeks of trainingA precise fitting shoe that translates well into high performance, as long as your feet aren’t too wideOur favorite lightweight trail runner is capable of tackling any terrainA comfortable and supremely protective shoe
Rating Categories Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2 Inov-8 Terraultra G... La Sportiva Kaptiva Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 Air Zoom Wildhorse 6
Foot Protection (30%)
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Traction (20%)
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Stability (15%)
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Comfort (15%)
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Weight (10%)
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Sensitivity (10%)
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Specs Salomon S/Lab... Inov-8 Terraultra... La Sportiva Kaptiva Air Zoom Terra... Air Zoom Wildhorse 6
Weight (per pair, size 11) 22.7 oz. 20.9 oz. 22.3 oz. 21.5 oz. 23.9 oz.
Heel-to-Toe Drop 8 mm 0 mm 6 mm 4 mm 8 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 26 mm, 18 mm 17 mm, 17 mm 17 mm, 11 mm 14.5 mm, 10.5 mm 22.5 mm, 14.5 mm
Upper Mesh Kevlar, mesh Sock-Like knit Mesh Synthetic, textile
Midsole Compressed EVA EXTERFLOW Duel-density EV React foam, Zoom Air heel unit EVA
Outsole Premium Wet Traction Contagrip Graphene Grip FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber Rubber
Lacing style Kevlar Quicklace Traditional Traditional Traditional Traditional
Wide version available? No No No No No
Sizes Available 4 - 13 4-15 38 - 47.5 6 - 15 6 - 15
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