|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – August 2004
Ready, set, go. You'll literally run down the trail with these featherweight kicks.
The field test criteria for these trail shoes includes:
>> Must have low-cut ankles
>>Must have nonwaterproof uppers
>>Must weigh 2 pounds 1 ounce or less
>>All are a men's size 9 (they are available in women's sizes)
>>The cost is $90 or less
Let others wilt in the heat; your feet are air-cooled by these ventilated runners.
Salomon XA Pro 2
One of the lightest shoes in the test scores big with trail runners.
Dunham Trail Mix
Even big guys with wide feet will feel agile with these supportive shoes.
Pillows underfoot might be softer, but they won't last like these cushy shoes.
Ventilation and traction are a nice combo, but stability doesn't match the best.
Not a speed demon? These traditionalists are great for light hiking.