THE SITUATION: Trail running shoes are obviously designed for the trail, enabling you to get good traction and stability as you navigate rocks, roots, dirt and mud. But come the fall and winter, a trail running shoe is sometimes the best choice for any outdoor running when the weather turns bad. Waterproof, or even water-resistant, shoes can get hot and clammy in the summer. But they are a godsend in cold weather when you’re running through puddles of slush.
A SOLUTION: The fourth generation of the popular Salomon shoe, the Speedcross 4 is designed for the trail, with an aggressive sole featuring raised lugs that resemble snow tires. The thick heel provides excellent shock absorption on rocks and downhills, and overall the shoe is relatively light with a quick-lacing system to pull the shoe snug to your foot in one pull. It also keeps trail debris from getting into your shoe. These are definitely designed for serious trail running, but even if you aren’t tackling single-track in the Rockies, you'll enjoy the ride on any off-road surface. Especially when it’s cold and wet.
THE DETAILS: The shoes weigh 0.68 pounds, and come in eight colors. They are available in sizes 7-14.