2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2012

Gear Guide 2012: Trail Running Boots/Shoes

Comfort, support and durability is something all of these trail running favorites offer.

by: Annette McGivney and Dan Larson

Boots & Trail Runners
See all our 2012 Gear Guide picks
Columbia Peakfreak Low OutDry
“The support is superb,” said one tester after wearing these during a hard day of trail work at Colorado’s Heil Ranch. At day’s end, she felt fresh enough to run fast down an ankle-bender trail full of rocks and roots; a mid-foot shank and toe guard protected her feet from bruising and twisting. $145; 1 lb. 10 oz.;

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Hpi
“One of the most comfortable trail running shoes I've ever worn,” says one tester. “My feet felt grounded and stable with the deep and secure heel pocket, arch support, and bands on the side of the foot that snug the fit when you tie the laces.” Stability and all-day, cushiony comfort make it a good fit for everything from trail running and hiking to adventure racing. $155; 1 lb. 5 oz.;

Montrail Badwater
Named for the brutal 135-mile race from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, the Badwater is a comfortable and highly breathable hybrid road and trail runner for training and adventures of any speed and distance. Over nearly 100 miles of Oregon asphalt and singletrack, our tester reports that the resilient EVA foam and deflecting lugs on the outsole provide the durability and cushioning needed for any hard surfaces, while multi-directional lugs grip trails’ uneven roots and scree. $120; 1 lb. 3 oz.;

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Ebola breakout
Posted On: Aug 30, 2014
Submitted By: dayhiker9
Trailhead Register
Who's Working this weekend...?
Posted On: Aug 30, 2014
Submitted By: swimswithtrout

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions