Hit unexpected ice on your winter run, and you’ll hit the ground. The Spikecross prevents such pratfalls with nine carbide spikes embedded in each snow-shedding sole. “Motocross tires with cleats,” said a New England tester after a season negotiating slick trails. “I was able to stop on a dime on slimy rocks, and run up and down steep trails through slushy muck when other hikers were turning back.”
The ripstop nylon upper has a rare combination of waterproofing in front and maximum breathability in back. A proprietary membrane protects the forefoot and tongue, and it’s welded—not stitched—to save weight. The heel is membrane-free, which helps release heat buildup during high-output runs. “After several hours of puddle jumping, the rear did wet through,” says one tester, “but it dried fast.”
The molded EVA midsole provides excellent support and plenty of cushion even on rocky, uneven terrain. A plastic mudguard along the perimeter of the shoe protects against rocks and repels frigid winter slop. Bonus: The lugs wrap up the front of the toe, which helps provide maximum traction on push-off.