While the Xero Z-Trail isn't the highest-scoring option in the lineup, it caters to a particular niche and has a respectable place among our award-winners. Weighing in at only 12 ounces for a size 12 pair, the Z-Trail is by far our lightest, most flexible, and most packable option, winning it the Top Pick Award for ultralight adventures. Xero is well-known among the barefoot enthusiasts as a featherlight, zero-drop sole option for trail running. In our experience, the Z-Trail is a superb example of a lightweight, minimalist sport sandal that offers lots of "trail feel" for the forefoot striker. It's also an excellent option for those looking to include sandals as a camp shoe without taking up too much pack space.
Low weight and low price is a combination we tend to appreciate. But for a bit more weight and cost, you can get a significant upgrade in all-around performance with the Editors' Choice Bedrock Cairn Adventure, which is also a zero-drop model.