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Category Archives: Trail-Running Shoes

Kilian Jornet’s New NNormal Shoes Are Available Today

This summer, Kilian Jornet, the 34-year-old Spaniard living in Norway – considered by many to be the best mountain runner of all time – set course records at both the Hardrock Endurance Run and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB). But equally as buzzworthy was the fact that he did it in a single […]

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Want to Fly Over Dirt? Meet the First Gravel Grinder Supershoe.

Craft CTM Ultra Carbon 2 Review MSRP: $250 Weight: 9.8 oz M, 7.9 oz W Stack height: 40-millimeter heel / 30-millimeter forefoot (10-millimeter drop) I was skeptical of Craft’s new running shoe that promised to be the footwear equivalent to a top-end gravel bike, smoothly transitioning from road to dirt. Too often, I find shoes […]

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Altra Running Shoes

In just over ten years since its inception in 2011, Altra has evolved from an entrepreneurial start-up to one of the top-selling trail shoe brands, with a loyal following on the roads as well. Denouncing traditional shoe design from the outset, the upstart company has earned its place by building running shoes that look, feel […]

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BOA Technology and Altra Debut the New Mont Blanc BOA

BOA Technology has announced a new brand partnership with Altra, and launched a new trail runner in the process, the Mont Blanc BOA. Two companies born in the Rocky Mountains, BOA Technology and Altra are natural collaborators and innovators focused on addressing the unique needs of mid- to long-distance runners taking on mountainous terrain. The […]

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What the Heck Is a Gravel Running Shoe and Do I Need a Pair?

Reebok Floatride Energy 4 Adventure Review Weight: 8.1 ounces (women’s) / 9.6 ounces (men’s) Stack Height: 26.5-millimeter heel / 17.5-millimeter forefoot / 9-millimeter drop In the cycling world, no one would mistake a mountain bike for a road racer, but, to the untrained eye, it’s hard to tell the difference between a road bike and a […]

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The Summer 2022 Carbon Trail Shoe Roundup

Carbon shoes. Super shoes. In the road running world they’re old news. But in the trail and mountain scene, these metal-plated all-stars are having their moment. And yet for all their hype, for all their ergonomic promise and bionic propulsiveness experienced by marathoners, how well does this shoe tech translate to dirt and mountain?  The […]

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When Do I Need New Trail-Running Shoes?

Welcome to Ask a Gear Editor, a monthly column where we answer readers’ most puzzling gear questions. Have a burning question of your own? Become an Outside+ member to ask an Outside expert for advice. I’m an avid runner but mostly stick to shorter distances. This year I’m shooting for my first 50K. How will I know […]

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Editor’s Choice: Hoka Tecton X Trail Running Shoes

Since carbon-plated shoes were introduced, countless world, national, and personal records have fallen. But most pairs are helpful for only a certain group of runners: the rigid carbon-fiber plate combined with a soft foam favors those with efficient strides over those with less-than-perfect form. The new Hoka Tecton X ($200), one of the few carbon-plated […]

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Thru-Hiking Messed Up My Feet. Here’s How Toe Socks Came to the Rescue.

For the better part of two years, after I finished hiking the Appalachian Trail and tried (and repeatedly failed) to return to running, the lower half of my right leg became a medical battlefield. I went to physical therapists and massage therapists, general practitioners and osteopaths, surgeons and shrinks, asking them all why I was […]

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