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Pros Extremely grippy traction on all terrain, wider than previous versions, comfortable right out of the boxVery protective midsole and upper, sock-like fit, grippy traction, lighter than previous versionExcellent traction, protective and sensitive, light, comfortable, durablePrecise fit, very grippy on rock, comfortable upper effectively keeps out debrisComfortable, low to the ground stability, lightweight, drains water well
Cons Warm, doesn’t breathe or drain water super well, high heel counterExpensive, durability concernsExpensive, tongue comfort affects someNarrower than average, a bit pricey, not the lightestTraction not the best on slick surfaces, light on underfoot protection
Bottom Line The first choice if off-trail running is your happy placeThe highest performing trail running shoe that also comes with the highest price tagThe best zero-drop trail runner demands no compromises, and has all the features for any type of terrain or distanceA 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 terrain
Rating Categories Salomon Speedcross 5 Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2 Inov-8 Terraultra G 270 La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6
Foot Protection (30%)
7
10
7
8
6
Traction (20%)
10
7
9
8
7
Stability (15%)
5
8
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8
9
Comfort (15%)
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Weight (10%)
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6
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Sensitivity (10%)
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Specs Salomon Speedcross 5 Salomon S/Lab... Inov-8 Terraultra... La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom...
Weight (per pair, size 11) 24.4 oz. 22.7 oz. 20.9 oz. 22.3 oz. 21.5 oz.
Heel-to-Toe Drop 10 mm 8 mm 0 mm 6 mm 4 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 30 mm, 20 mm 26 mm, 18 mm 22 mm, 22 mm 17 mm, 11 mm 14.5 mm, 10.5 mm
Upper Nylon mesh, synthetic overlays Mesh Breathable Mesh Sock-Like knit Mesh
Midsole Injected EVA Compressed EVA Powerflow Max Duel-density EV React foam, Zoom Air heel unit
Outsole Contagrip Premium Wet Traction Contagrip Graphene Grip FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber
Lacing style One pull QuickLace system with lace pocket Kevlar Quicklace Traditional Traditional Traditional
Wide version available? No No No No No
Sizes Available 7 - 14 4 - 13 7 - 15 38 - 47.5 6 - 15
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