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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award  
Price $90.10 at Amazon
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$134.96 at Backcountry
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$139.00 at REI
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$129.95 at Backcountry
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$129.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Economical, low to the ground and stable, lightweight, zero heel-toe dropVery protective midsole and upper, sock-like fit, grippy traction, lighter than previous versionPrecise 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 Narrow fit, tread is a bit light duty, not much cushioningExpensive, durability concernsNarrower 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 A barefoot-minded shoe with added cushioning and a low price tagThe highest performing trail running shoe that also comes with the highest price tagA 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 Merrell Bare Access XTR Salomon S/Lab Ultra 2 La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 6 Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 6
Foot Protection (30%)
5
10
8
6
9
Traction (20%)
6
7
8
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8
Stability (15%)
9
8
8
9
7
Comfort (15%)
5
7
8
9
8
Weight (10%)
9
6
6
7
3
Sensitivity (10%)
8
6
5
8
5
Specs Merrell Bare... Salomon S/Lab... La Sportiva Kaptiva Nike Air Zoom... Nike Air Zoom...
Weight (per pair, size 11) 18.2 oz. 22.7 oz. 22.3 oz. 21.5 oz. 23.9 oz.
Heel-to-Toe Drop 0 mm 8 mm 6 mm 4 mm 8 mm
Stack Height (Heel, Forefoot) 17.2 mm, 17.2 mm 26 mm, 18 mm 17 mm, 11 mm 14.5 mm, 10.5 mm 22.5 mm, 14.5 mm
Upper Mesh/TPU Mesh Sock-Like knit Mesh Synthetic, textile
Midsole EVA Compressed EVA Duel-density EV React foam, Zoom Air heel unit EVA
Outsole Vibram TC5+ Premium Wet Traction Contagrip FriXion XF 2.0 Rubber Rubber
Lacing style Traditional Kevlar Quicklace Traditional Traditional Traditional
Wide version available? Yes No No No No
Sizes Available 7 - 15 4 - 13 38 - 47.5 6 - 15 6 - 15
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