- Track Running Shoes Spikes
- 13 Best Winter Running Shoes for Perfect Warm Ups
- How to Choose A Winter Running Shoe
- Size and Breathability
- #13 – Montrail Fluidflex X.S.R
- #12 – New Balance Vazee Protect Pace v2
- #11 – Topo Athletic MTN Racer
- #10 – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield
- #9 – Reebok One Guide 3.0
- #8 – Saucony Peregrine 8 ICE+ Sneaker
- #7 – Mountain Masochist IV Outdry XTRM
- #6 – Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield
- #5 – Icebug Pytho4 BUGrip Running Shoes
- #4 – Saucony RAZOR ICE+
- #3 – La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
- #2 – Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
- #1 – HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat Mid WP
- The 12 Best New Running Shoes of Winter 2018
- Editor’s Choice: On CloudX
- Best Budget Pick: Altra Solstice
- Best for Gym-Going and Running: Adidas AlphaBounce Beyond
- Best Lightweight Max Cushioning: Asics Gel Nimbus-20
- Weight: 10.7 ounces Heel Height: 23 mm Forefoot Height: 13 mm Pronation: Under-Pronator
- Best for Maximum Cushion and Protection from the Road: Brooks Transcend 5
- Best for Best Trail/Road Mixer: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4
- Best Everday Stability: Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
- Best Lightweight Short Distance Runner: New Balance Zante V4
- Best Lightweight Around-Town Runner: Puma Ignite Flash Evoknit
- Best Studio to Street Runners: Reebok 6000
- Best Shoe No One Seems To Know Exists: Saucony Breakthru 4
- Best Daily Runner: Saucony Liberty ISO
- Weight: 9.7 ounces Heel Height: 22 mm Forefoot Height: 18 mm Pronation: Light to Moderate
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- The 6 Best Road Running Shoes for Spring 2019
- Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper (5)
- Saucony Triumph ISO 5 (0)
- Under Armour Hovr Infinite (0)
- Hoka One One Cavu 2 (0)
- Brooks Ravenna 10 (0)
- 361 Degrees Meraki 2 (0)
- Saucony Peregrine 6 Ice+
- Salomon Sense Ride 2 – Best Trail Running Shoes
- A Breathable Upper
- A Cushioned Midsole
- A Grippy Outsole
- Wear Tester Feedback
Track Running Shoes Spikes
Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Running on Snow and Ice (1 Pair)
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“There's no slipping” – by Katherine (SYRACUSE, NY, US)
We bought yaktraks because we have plenty of ice, but no snow(for skiing). We went on three hikes on uneven terrain and were very happy with the yaktrak run.
We found the little spikes really adds traction on solid ice. I got a medium for my (womens) size 11, which fit well. And i ordered my boyfriend the (mens) large for his size 13 feet.
They were hard to get on, but maybe the tightness helps them stay.
Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Walking, Jogging, or Hiking on Snow and Ice
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“All praise to Yaktrax!” – by Wayne West
Wow. My wife was given a pair by her work and she said they were amazing in snow and on ice. We live at 9,000' on the top of a mountain in the middle of a national forest, so we sometimes get pretty good snowfall. I went ahead and bought a pair, today I had to make two trips to the trash dumpster, probably a 200 yard hike partially up hill (not both ways).
The first trip, with three trash bags, I didn't wear the Yaktrax, and I regretted it. I didn't fall, but there was some slipping. The second trip was with an iMac box for the 27″ model and with our 50 lb standard poodle, and I put on the Yaktrax. ZERO slip. I was walking directly on ice that had water on top of it. ZERO slip.
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“They're perfect. Much better than the coil style Yaktrax” – by Dana (SAN DIEGO, US, Canada)
Bought for myself and my spouse for daily use in Anchorage, Alaska. They're perfect. Much better than the coil style Yaktrax, which we used to have. I don't slip in the snow and ice, and if I have to leave them on for few minutes while hauling groceries into the kitchen, I don't slip on the floor or do damage to the floor surface.
adidas Men's sprintstar Track Shoe
“Track Star” – by Tania Carmona
My son loves these shoes. He ran in them for the State Track meet and came in 1st place. He loves how they feel when he is running.
ASICS Men's Gunlap Track and Field Shoe
“Really good track shoes in terms of comfort” – by GREGORY J LINTON
Really good track shoes in terms of comfort. They seem to run true to size. In this case needed to get a size 11 instead of 11.5.
13 Best Winter Running Shoes for Perfect Warm Ups
It’s human nature to want to hibernate when the weather gets frosty. More dark days tell our bodies to sleep an increasing amount.
The icy chill tells us we need to eat more heavy, hearty meals to pad out our midsection and protect our bodies from dying of hypothermia.
Everything in our innate wiring wants us to stay in, bundle up, get cozy, get fat, and wait for the warmth to find us again.
That’s the siren’s song of weakness being sung, sisters and brothers! It’s telling you to give up, give in, and live in creature comforts when in fact you should be doing the opposite. You should be out there on the trail, out there on the street, out there in the world.
The cold helps you burn extra calories so you can eat, drink, and be merry without losing that swimsuit physique. The increased darkness is trying to depress you, and we all know that nothing is anathema to depression a nice runner’s high.
So don’t let winter win, get a set of snowbound winter running shoes and fight back!
How to Choose A Winter Running Shoe
Every running shoe geared for winter – or those that will work during a cold snap – all have a few things in common. Follow the basic guidelines and you can find any number of track shoes that work in the cold so that you don’t need a specialized pair during the cold seasons.
Along with winter comes snow and dirt, or at the very least increased rain. The fastest way to get cold is to have wet feet, so the first thing you should do is seek out shoes that shrug off water. Those that have DWR (Durable Water Repellent) are good, or you can add some yourself.
Waterproofing also reduces the amount of weight your shoes will have, meaning they won’t suddenly feel leaden on your feet as you grind out that last K. You won’t find anything that will stay completely dry, but minimizing the wet effect is the first step toward surviving a frosty jog.
Rugged outsoles and tough uppers are what to look for here.
While conditions will differ depending on where you live, cold weather typically means reduced grip on the roads as ice, frost, wetness, or piles of snow hide the ridges of the asphalt and sidewalk.
That means you’re going to want deeper treads and more pronounced bumps and grooves in the bottom of your shoe. Many have found that switching to a basic trail shoe is enough to keep from sliding, but this can vary greatly depending on where you’re going to be doing your roadwork.
More grip is universally safer, and more ly to keep you on your feet, so don’t skimp here.
When you’re more ly to slip, your ankles are more ly to end up at odd angles. If you get a standard running shoe, consider adding in an ankle brace, or select a high-top model that will help stop injury before you’re laid up with a sprain.
Size and Breathability
A handy thing to remember when you buy a winter running shoe is that you’re probably going to be wearing thicker socks, so going up half a size might not be a terrible idea.
The advantage to the additional socks is you can then get them in merino wool or an equally wonderful wicking material.
This will give you the airflow you need, reduce foot sweat, and allow you to buy shoes with less mesh, which adds warmth and cuts down on the ingress of water.
Winter time means more darkness and nights that fall more quickly. That means you need shoes that are brighter and more colorful than their summer brethren. Ugly as they may be, they could save your life.
Consider these five things, and you’ll be ready to run. Or, just pick and purchase.
#13 – Montrail Fluidflex X.S.R
Go from road to trail and back again, the Fluidflex has a neutral landing pad that allows for transitioning from surface to surface, and can manage equally well on extended stretches of pavement as tackling most trails or footpaths.
#12 – New Balance Vazee Protect Pace v2
360-degree visibility, a weather-resistant upper, and firm padding underfoot make the Vazee an intensely comfortable choice for those who want to avoid the hard landings and jarring hits that feel so much worse when the mercury plummets. They also look respectable and use a dual mesh screen on the top for fighting water while still circulating air.
#11 – Topo Athletic MTN Racer
As minimalistic as you should go with a winter shoe, this is not recommended for beginners. If you’re sure you’ve got your rhythm down and require the closest thing to barefoot that’s out there, then here’s your choice. Just tread lightly.
#10 – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield
Soft, strong, snazzy, and simple, if winter doesn’t hit too hard where you live, the Pegasus 36 Shiled will keep you covered. Lightweight with a gentle sock interior, the base is supportive, molded foam meant for adding stability in the worst conditions.
#9 – Reebok One Guide 3.0
Exceptional maneuverability for changing direction at speed, the One Guide can handle basic trails, park runs, or grinding away on slick pavement equally well. Triple mesh on top keeps weather at bay, triple padding underneath makes the midsole extra comfortable, even when taking a winding route home.
#8 – Saucony Peregrine 8 ICE+ Sneaker
The ICE+ version of the Peregrine 8 trail running shoe promises to keep you from slipping when running on snow or ice — and that’s because they have the Arctic Grip outsole. The only problem with the ICE+ is that the upper part isn’t waterproof but it is water-resistant.
#7 – Mountain Masochist IV Outdry XTRM
Folks at Columbia are renowned for their technical products and the boot-looking Mountain Masochist IV Outdry XTRM is nothing short of that. They have a zip-closure that also provides some sort of ankle protection, are topped with a softshell gaiter and gloriously deliver on the waterproofing issue. Perfect for mud, snow or ice.
#6 – Nike LunarEpic Flyknit Shield
Built with momentum in mind, the heel-toe action makes running a breeze while the LunarEpic grips gravel, dirt, and pavement equally well, whether snowy or wet. They’re responsive off the ground, and provide exceptional coverage all the way around, with sock- comfort that delivers.
#5 – Icebug Pytho4 BUGrip Running Shoes
The name isn’t big in the states, but Icebug is well known in the frozen land of Sweden, where real winter happens. Incorporated into the shoe are studs that grip and rip through snow, and can take on ice a pair of junior YakTrax. They feel LaCrosse cleats, with loads of bend where it counts and insulation to spare.
#4 – Saucony RAZOR ICE+
Though they look a set of snow boot liners, the ICE+ performs where it counts. Their high-top design adds in ankle support and a little compression at the ankle, which helps circulation and warmth going out to your toes. The Vibram sole is pleasant padding with each stride, and the deep tread goes wherever the road – or path – takes you.
#3 – La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX
Built for peak bagging, the Crossover has a gaiter built right into its waterproof Gore-Tex body, giving it the hands-down award for trail running. The internal laces are smart and quick, supporting you from calf to toes with a few tugs.
#2 – Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine
Though technically a mountain attack shoe, the Alpine is as close to a hiking boot as you can get while still bearing the heart and sole of a trail runner. Way more than you need if you stay on the beaten path, those who live dangerously frolicking through drifts should give this a go.
#1 – HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat Mid WP
Just because it’s chilly outside, or snowy, doesn’t mean the treadmill is your only friend. The Speedgoat Mid WP — which is basically an upgraded Speedgoat 3 with a higher cut and Skyshell waterproof membranes — will have you covered with that extra protection you need.e low-top.
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The 12 Best New Running Shoes of Winter 2018
This definitive guide to the best new running shoes of 2018 explores everything you need to know before buying new running shoes this year, including shoes from Brooks, Altra, Adidas, Asics, Mizuno and more. These twelve shoes are worth tracking down this year.
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Editor’s Choice: On CloudX
The first thing I noticed when I slid these on (besides the bright red color) was the arch support. As a runner who leans towards structured shoes, I somehow wasn’t used to feeling the arch quite so distinctly.
However, they were lightweight and helped me survive through six 1000s (for the non-track runners, that’s six 1000-meter loops on a track or a set course). For road running drills, these were superb.
The cloud- pillows on the sole of the shoe helped support my calves without adding extra bulk. And they don’t look too bad either.
Best Budget Pick: Altra Solstice
I’ve run in Altras on trails, but I haven’t done quite as much road running in them, so I was pleasantly surprised with the performance. The low profile was most immediately apparent in my testing.
The tight upper reminded me of Nike’s Flyknits, and the ventilation was perfect for the bizarre spring weather New York got in January.
As one of the lightest shoes I tested by the numbers, it felt the most agile shoe by far.
New year, new you, new running shoes. The fitness movement flexes all its muscles on January 1 (when all of us make new year resolutions that we will inevitably break), and athletic brands have capitalized on this. It seems they all release new shoes (or at the very least a new colorway of a popular shoe) at the beginning of the year.
So, in years past, a flurry of new running shoes was launched January 1. We’ve braved the cold, the snow, the rain, unseasonably warm weather and one or two bouts with illness to test each of the most important launches.
Best for Gym-Going and Running: Adidas AlphaBounce Beyond
Ideal for gym use, these shoes run miles on the treadmill before stomping over to the weight room to hold steady during deadlifts, and then over to the turf for quick feet.
For the classes where you don’t know what to wear (how much running do I need to do? Are there sprints?) these shoes are great.
Whether your instructor makes you run laps around the block, or do suicides on the turf, these shoes will hold tough throughout all that and more. The continental soles are also superb for keeping your grip on quick turns.
Best Lightweight Max Cushioning: Asics Gel Nimbus-20
While Asics might not always make the best looking running shoes out there, you can always depend on them to support your ankles, knees and hips, no matter how many miles you log in them.
The Gel Nimbus-20 is no different. It has a FlyteFoam midsole (ultra-cushy) and gel cushioning in the rear and forefoot (which you can see).
Compared to many max cushioned shoes I’ve tested, these are featherweights.
Weight: 10.7 ounces
Heel Height: 23 mm
Forefoot Height: 13 mm
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Best for Maximum Cushion and Protection from the Road: Brooks Transcend 5
The Brooks Transcend 5 carried me through a short recovery run along Boston’s Charles River — and also through a rainstorm without getting super soaked and losing all grip.
The extra padding helps on days when your legs are sore, but are also handy if you just need a little boost off the ground.
Though I haven’t used them in one, I could even see using them for a longer distance race a half marathon.
Best for Best Trail/Road Mixer: Hoka One One Challenger ATR 4
After an initial skepticism about the cushioning on these shoes, they proved to be just as lightweight as something with way less cushioning (just nine ounces!). With a nice wide toebox, the Challenger ATRs offered plenty of room for toe splay and I could still feel the road beneath my toes.
If you’re a midfoot or heel-striker, you might not be able to feel it as much, as the cushioning is pretty thick. These fit pretty true to size, while still providing ample space for foot swelling (which makes sense coming from Hoka, who has a big audience of ultra runners). In testing, I felt I go forever, have my feet expand and the shoes would still fit well.
While they are built for all-terrain, I d them on the road as well.
Best Everday Stability: Mizuno Wave Inspire 14
As much as these reminded me of tennis shoes, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I d the support they provided. I felt the ground, but yet my heel felt perfectly cushioned.
The shoes have an optical illusion where they look small, but after wear testing, fit just about true to size. The cushioning and foam offers a similar feel to what Asics has in its shoes.
A jaunt over the Brooklyn Bridge was a breeze with these.
Best Lightweight Short Distance Runner: New Balance Zante V4
In the mere four years since it launched, the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante has developed something of a cult following, which, in running circles, essentially means that people have very, very strong feelings about every change that’s made to it, however minute.
Version one was a huge success right the gate — a lightweight, uptempo shoe with a soft feel, a wide toe-box and a pronounced toe-spring that made you feel a whole lot faster than you probably are. Then versions two and three got slightly firmer and heavier, and some cried foul.
With the newly released V4, though, that softness has returned (still no sign of the dramatic toe-spring, which is a bummer). There’s also a new engineered mesh upper and a material New Balance calls Hyposkin, which they employ across the midfoot to ensure a proper fit.
The V4 will work for a lot of people — as a speed workout shoe for mid-packers, or an everyday trainer for faster, more efficient runners. — Mike Conklin
Best Lightweight Around-Town Runner: Puma Ignite Flash Evoknit
These shoes are incredibly lightweight, with a super thin and breathable upper. Perfect for weekends where you’re running around from workout to grocery shopping to the bar. These will do the trick.
The flexible form-fitting upper and white cushy sole are bendy enough to touch the toe to the laces.
While we wouldn’t recommend putting in long runs on these, the casual runner will find them comfortable and cushioned.
Best Studio to Street Runners: Reebok 6000
These lightweight running shoes look they could be commuter shoes, but don’t be fooled. The construction is similar to that of the Adidas Ultraboosts (which should come as no surprise since Adidas owns Reebok), so there’s no detached tongue and it’s all one sock- upper.
It makes for a snug fit, but also makes them a little tough to loosen, so be sure to try them on in a store before you pull the trigger.
If you’re looking for something to log loads of miles in every day, perhaps it’s best to check out the Floatride Run — the 6000 is a great shoe to throw in your gym bag for weekend trips where you don’t want to bring multiple sneakers.
Best Shoe No One Seems To Know Exists: Saucony Breakthru 4
Saucony gets a whole lot of attention for shoes at opposite ends of its product line: the super-cushioned Triumph ISO and the long-standing favorite of speedsters everywhere, the Kinvara.
But there are two shoes in the middle of its lineup that people don’t ever seem to talk about: the Zealot ISO, which sits just beneath the Triumph in terms of cushioning, and the Breakthru, which sits just above the Kinvara, occupying a space that should earn it far more discussion than it does.
The Breakthru 4 is a no-nonsense shoe that offers just enough cushioning, a nice dose of responsiveness thanks to a newly added layer of Saucony’s proprietary EVERUN foam and a fit that doesn’t skew too narrow or too wide. And at only $100, it’s a hell of a bargain. — Mike Conklin
Best Daily Runner: Saucony Liberty ISO
I was a bit skeptical about the Liberty ISOs fitting right the box. They seemed extremely tight when I put them on, but once I got running, they seemed to fit just fine. The upper was a bit shallow, so on downhills I could feel my toes sliding forward. For an on-road track practice, they were light, yet solid enough to keep my feet from getting tired.
Weight: 9.7 ounces
Heel Height: 22 mm
Forefoot Height: 18 mm
Pronation: Light to Moderate
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The 6 Best Road Running Shoes for Spring 2019
As winter loosens its icy grip, it’s time to gear up and hit the road. And these running shoes make it fast, fun, and comfortable.
Skechers GoRun Razor 3 Hyper ($135)
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Best For: Setting PRs
When going fast is your priority, step into this fun speedster. At 6.
4 ounces and with a 27-millimeter stacked heel, the Razor 3 Hyper boasts the best weight-to-cushion ratio of all the shoes we tested.
The tight upper boosts control, while the EVA midsole delivers one of the most launch-you-forward rides of any shoe on the market.
6.4 oz; 4 mm drop
Saucony Triumph ISO 5 ($160)
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Best For: Unmatched comfort
Roomy and smooth riding, the Triumph ISO 5 is the Cadillac of daily trainers, a stable cruiser best suited to slow and moderate days.
With 28 millimeters of resilient TPU, this shoe is a cushion lover’s dream. Saucony’s new footbed contours around your heel a bucket seat, providing a truly dialed-in fit.
4 oz (men’s) / 10 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop
Under Armour Hovr Infinite ($120)
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Best For: The data conscious
There’s no shoe more feature rich than the new Hovr Infinite. Its midsole has a soft core wrapped in mesh for a plush yet snappy feel. And a chip in the midsole syncs via Bluetooth with the MapMyRun app to record pace, stride, and cadence.
10.8 oz (men’s) / 8.8 oz (women’s); 8 mm drop
Hoka One One Cavu 2 ($110)
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Best For: Bounce on a budget
Hoka’s Cavu 2 has minimal cushioning on the tongue and around the heel, a 21-millimeter stack height (thin for Hoka), and breezy mesh. All that made the shoe airy, while the zippy midsole pushed us down the road.
7.2 oz (men’s) / 5.8 oz (women’s, pictured); 5 mm drop
Brooks Ravenna 10 ($110)
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Best For: Controlling pronation
The newest Ravenna has Brooks’s GuideRail technology—thin pieces of dense foam under the arch and outer heel that function bumpers for your foot, keeping it straight. And the shoe keeps its generous 24.5-millimeter stack height in the heel.
9.4 oz (men’s) / 8.3 oz (women’s, pictured); 10 mm drop
361 Degrees Meraki 2 ($130)
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Best For: Going the distance
This everyday trainer is our high-mileage favorite. The upper has webbing that keeps your foot locked in, while a padded tongue and heel cup offer comfort. The combo of a peppy midsole and a springy carbon-fiber shank boosts energy return and fights fatigue.
9.6 oz (men’s, pictured) / 8 oz (women’s); 9 mm drop
Saucony Peregrine 6 Ice+
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The outsole of this shoe is arguably the star of the entire shoe. It features technology to create superior grip and traction. This translates for protection to the runner and the freedom to run regardless of the conditions. The outsole is made using Vibram Artic Grip which is placed in high traction areas. Vibram is a leading name in durability and runners know that its inclusion means durability and protection. The entire outsole is constructed using Saucony’s patented PWRTRAC. This is a high abrasion, sticky rubber compound. Runners reported that through the use of these various technologies they felt protected and secure regardless of the trail condition or terrain.The midsole of this shoe is made with Saucony’s patented SSL EVA midsole foam. This midsole is surprisingly lightweight. It is also designed to be water-resistant. Runners were pleased that this midsole kept its shape and overall cushioning regardless of the long miles that they put on this shoe. Another unique feature of this midsole is the EVERUN insert in the heel. This heel design keeps the drop low but is included to absorb the shock of the trail and keep the runner safe from the elements of the shoe. The Saucony Peregrine 6 Ice + features a third layer between the midsole and outsole. This layer is what Saucony calls their EBO or external bedrock outsole. This is designed to protect against rocks and other debris of the trail.The upper of this shoe features a unique design that is both durable and flexible. Many of the more aggressive trail shoes provide the runner with either one or the other, but struggle in both categories. This Peregrine 6 Ice+ is able to provide both. This is because Saucony uses their patented Flexshell material. This material is water resistant but is also highly flexible. It promotes a natural movement in the shoe and keeps the runner from feeling too stifled in their movement. It is also constructed using a seamless design to the runner doesn’t have to worry about friction or blisters. This unique upper material is also designed to consider the needs of winter running. Runners loved how the upper was able to help them retain heat during their run, but also pull moisture away from the foot to keep it dry. This can be attributed to the Profile Sock liner that is made with ortholite technology. This technology is specifically designed to reduce odor and bacteria in the shoe. This profile sock liner also adds slightly more cushioning and overall comfort to the ride.This shoe focuses on being more waterproof than breathable. Since this is a shoe that is designed for winter running, breathability isn’t the key concern. In its place, Saucony wanted to be sure that the shoe was able to retrain heat and regulate temperature. The Profile sock liner is made with a warm material that helps keep heat from escaping while simultaneously wicking moisture away in order keep feet from getting cold and in order to help them stay blister free. Saucony knew that when running in the winter, runners wouldn’t want to feel the breeze of the winter air, and instead, they would want protection from the wet and the cold.Even with the all of the durability and protective elements offered in this shoe, runners were pleasantly surprised at how lightweight this shoe feels. At only 9.4 ounces, this trail shoe certainly isn’t going to have the lightweight racing feel, but it does weigh= much less than some of the leading trail shoes on the market today. What helped this shoe feel even lighter than its actual weight was how flexible the shoe is. Between the midfoot unit and the upper, this shoe supports the natural movement of the foot and works to promote a natural gait cycle for the runner.Many of the runners who tried this shoe described their overall impression as “comfortable.” This is a tall order especially when running in the cold. Runners said that the shoe’s ability to regulate the temperature and keep the foot cozy and warm was one of the biggest draws of the shoe. Runners reported that the upper keeps the foot cozy and also wicks away moisture to keep the foot dry and blister free. Another element that made this shoes very comfortable is the SSL EVA midsole material. This material is cushioned, but doesn’t add so much plushness that runners felt lost in the shoe. The heel insert, the EVERUN material, found in the heel absorbs the shock of each footfall and keeps the runner safe throughout their entire run. They loved that this shoe offered them a lower drop and a higher level of responsiveness. This shoe certainly has an interesting aesthetic. The Peregrine 6 Ice+ is an aggressive, tough looking shoe. It is clear, just by looking at this shoe, how durable and protective it is. Runners also loved the unique color and style design. It is a shoe that is made for the winter and has a design that is very artic as well. Runners did say that they wished the shoe came in more color options because Saucony only provided a very limited amount. The Peregrine 6 Ice+ was made to last. From the upper to the outsole, Saucony included elements that are designed to keep this shoe looking and feeling new. The upper is covered with strong overlays that keep the shoe looking new for an extended period of time. This is not an easy task especially because this shoe is designed to tackle some of the toughest terrains in the toughest weather. The outsole is made using Vibram Arctic Grip and Saucony’s patented PWRTRAC outsole material. The combination of these two elements translates to protection against wear and tear. Trail runners know that a key element to a good trail running shoe is how protective the shoe is against the elements. This shoe does a great job of protecting the runner against the trail while still allowing them to feel the trail below them. This shoe features a layer between the midsole and outsole that uses Saucony’s patented EBO or external bedrock outsole. This feature protects the runner from jagged or sharp rocks or other trail debris. Another element is the water-resistant upper that keeps the shoe protected against the snow, ice, or rain that runners can experience during winter running. Although the material is not completely waterproof, runners commented that their feet stayed totally dry even during their wettest runs.
The 4-millimeter heel drop of this shoe and the light cushioning help runners really feel the trail below them and respond efficiently to changes in direction, terrain, and speed. Runners d how close they felt to the trail and appreciated that they felt protected at the same time. The midsole offers great feedback and energy return to the runner.
There are a few elements of this shoe that help the foot stay securely in place, but overall this is a not a shoe that offers a ton of support or stability. One of the supportive design elements of this shoe is the EVERUN heel insert.
This is found in the heel of the shoe and helps keep the foot in place as it traverses over an uneven or slippery terrain. Another detail is the overlays that line the midfoot section of the upper.
These do a great job of locking the foot down and reducing unwanted movement.
The Peregrine 6 Ice+ comes in at the higher end of the price spectrum for a trail running shoe, but it can be justified due to its high level of durability. Runners saw this shoe as an investment, and when they broke down the dollar amount per mile, the shoe made a lot of financial sense.
This shoe is designed for the toughest terrains. Sure, this shoe can easily handle a groomed trail, but runners love this shoe for their more extreme trails. There are few trail shoes that are designed for wintery terrains, but the Peregrine 6 Ice+ is specifically designed for icy and snowy trails and tracks. This shoe can certainly handle the roads because the key element to remember is that this shoe is made for slippery, icy conditions regardless of if those are found on the trail or the road.
Due to the Vibram outsole of this shoe, the traction on this shoe is second to none. The entire design of the shoe is based around the Peragrine 6 Ice+ ability to keep runners safe even on the slipperiest of terrains due to their superior traction. The lugged underfoot design features an arrow-shaped that is ideal of holding tight to treacherous surfaces.
Due to the higher level of protection and durability, this shoe had to sacrifice some of its flexibility. Runners can still expect to find a flexible upper, but the midsole and outsole of the shoe lack flexibility.
This shoe is marketed as a neutral running shoe, and runners who are looking for intense stability features will need to purchase a different shoe. The primary purpose of this shoe is to provide the runner with a gripping ride to use during the slippery winter months, not to improve overpronation issues or provide arch support.
This shoe features a very low drop of 4-millimeter. Runners d the feel of the lower drop because it helped them feel more connected to the trail below them. This helped them to adapt to changes in direction and trail conditions quickly and efficiently. The lower drop also allowed the shoe to have an overall high level of responsiveness that runners found particularly helpful on the trail.
– Vibram Arctic Grip outsole provides added traction – Saucony’s PWRTRAC outsole is extra durable – EVERUN Heel inserts adds stability and improves the shoe's responsiveness – Flexshell is a water resistant material found in the upperOverall, when runners purchase the Peregrine 6 Ice+ they were purchasing a serious trail shoe that was designed to tackle the rough conditions of the winter trail. The upper is water resistant and the outsole features some of the most durable material with the best traction on the market today. The shoe does a great job of protecting the runner from the elements of the trail with features the External Bed Rock outsole. Runners only complaint about this shoe was that it wasn’t featured in more colors and that it was higher priced than they wanted.
Salomon Sense Ride 2 – Best Trail Running Shoes
The RW Takeaway: Find ultimate comfort on any type of terrain running in the Sense Ride 2.
- An EndoFit upper that’s stitch-free and has an inner sleeve to keep your foot secure
- Ample cushioning to run comfortably for miles
- ContraGrip outsole with prominent lugs that bite into snow, mud, loose gravel
Weight: 9.5 oz (M), 8.5 oz (W)
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There’s no question that Salomon’s Sense Ride 2 was designed with the great outdoors in mind; they’re ideal for both rugged, technical trails, well-groomed paths, and even some light pounding on the road. The trainers are stable and have reliable traction, allowing you to keep going for miles and miles on the trails, all while being super lightweight.
all of the brand’s shoes, the Sense Ride 2 features Salomon’s signature lacing system they call Quicklace—instead of regular laces that you tie, there’s a tough Kevlar drawstring that you just have to tighten or loosen using an adjustable cinch. Then you just tuck the slack end of the laces into a small pouch on the shoe’s tongue. And un regular laces, they’ll never loosen or come untied, so you can log your miles worry-free.
Our wear testers enjoyed the Sense Ride 2’s overall ride on any type of terrain. As one runner put it, “This shoe is very well-rounded—rugged enough for rocky trails, but still comfortable on roads.”
A Breathable Upper
The upper fits a sock, which is due to Salomon’s EndoFit design—an inner sleeve that hugs your foot so it stays in place as you move—as well as the fact that there are no stitches either.
The upper is also made of 3D mesh, which ensures your feet won’t get too hot or feel cramped, even if you’re running long. One tester commented on its ability to provide “breathability for all-day training.” Even though the shoe isn’t waterproof, any water that gets in drains out easily and quickly.
A Cushioned Midsole
The Sense Ride 2 has Salomon’s OrthoLite insole technology, which provides the cushioning needed to give you protection on softer surfaces. That makes this shoe comfortable enough to run long in. Said one wear tester, “The Sense Ride 2 is really a fair mix of firmness for your everyday trainer—not too firm, but not too soft.”
A Grippy Outsole
The outsole is made of Salomon’s ContaGrip rubber that’s made to last and perform well on any type of surface: wet, dry, hard, or loose. The lugs provide traction, and are spaced out enough to not accumulate dirt or mud.
“The lugs performed through any terrain: snow, ice, mud, loose gravel, and compact gravel without the feeling that I would need to bring a secondary shoe to tackle the various conditions,” said a wear tester. “Even on road surfaces, the lugs of the sole were able to find every imperfection of the road and use it to propel forward.”
Wear Tester Feedback
Dylan R., tester since 2018
Arch: High | Gait: Neutral | Footstrike: Midfoot
“Salomon brings the best features with their lace locking system, seamless fit, and a gritty bottom that doesn’t feel over-prominent on the roads but creates that insurance you expect from a focused trail shoe.
Whether it was a rainy day on pavement, icy sidewalks, or a mix while running on a hilly trail, the Ride Sense 2 allowed for confidence at a variety of paces.
For a hybrid trainer, this is a perfect weighted shoe for everyday use.”