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I currently am using a lightweight trail running shoe from Merrell the Mixmaster. It has a really nice “naked” feel to it, grips the terrain well when traversing uphill/downhill hikes but the meshy parts aren holding up well. I think the constant twisting of the foot while driving is tearing up the shoe prematurely. So what have you all had good experience with in terms of comfort, durability, and overall performance? Recommendations welcome.
Best shoes I have ever worn. Ridiculously comfortable insole, perfect amount of flex and solid tread on the sole, love the lacing system, and available in Goretex if waterproof matters.
I heard one or two people say that the lacing system didn work for them and had heel issues, but those people have problems with tons of shoes, so it isn unique to Salomon. Also, the XA are pricey, but I think worth it. I have some cascades for summer, they are technically sandals, but are built like a shoe. The toe cap is a bonus for saving toes from hidden rocks and stumps and tons of grip and support. I use the Santa Cruz shoe for cooler weather. They look great, have nonslip soles, Nike Free Run and so comfy I could sleep in them. Keen makes DG specific shoes with extra protection for twisting and dragging them on tee boxes. I believe they are waterproof as well. I love them so far. They are very light on my feet, and the upper is very breathable which keeps my feet cool on 90+ degree days. The soles get great traction, and the shoes are pretty comfortable overall (whether running or not). The Nike Free Run one feature that I really like the most is the way they extend the sole of the shoe further up over the toe box than a normal shoe. Every course in my area is a wooded course, and I can make it a single round without accidentally tripping on a hidden root or rock coming up out of the ground. Because of the way they molded the sole in the front, I Nike Free Run no longer stub my toes. The rubber protects where your toes lay in the shoe. No more stubbed toes!