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Gear Review: Teva Forge Pro Trail Runners

Comfortable low-cut trail runners that offer support and performance.
March 2011 Teva Forge Pro 445x260Teva Forge Pro (Courtesy Photo)

Verdict
These low-cuts blend Lexus comfort, Viper sleekness, and Jeep performance. The broad, stable outsole has an aggressive tread pattern, which made me feel like I could walk over anything—so I did, from mud-slick roots to steep talus fields on Mt. Hood.

The cushy EVA midsole, combined with a polyurethane/EVA heel counter, gave me enough support, comfort, and impact resistance to carry up to 40 pounds all day over varied terrain. (Hikers with weak ankles will likely want a higher, more supportive boot.) A plastic exoskeleton and rubber toe bumper protect against rocks and stubbed toes.

Best For
Strong-ankled backpackers who want a light shoe for hiking and scrambling in rocky areas, where protection from impact is essential

Tester Data
> Dan Larsen
> Duration Aug. to Sept.
> Locales/conditions OR, WA; mud, rock, and rainforest
> “The forefoot is squarish and roomy, which fit my wide forefeet and long toes well, even when big miles in the Cascades caused swelling.”


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