Model: Fellraiser Trail Runner
The Fellraiser’s low weight gives it a no-frills trail runner feel, but the soft EVA footbed and mesh upper provide comfort for the long haul. “They feel great right out of the box,” our tester says. “I wore them on a 7-mile run, followed by an eight-hour shift at work on my feet with no discomfort.” Fit note: The narrow last is best for low-volume feet.
The outsole sports deep, 7mm, cleat-like lugs that gave us solid traction on mud-slicked and snow-covered trails in Washington and on loose scree in Northern California.
The lightweight mesh upper vents well, drains quickly, and dries fast after creek crossings and puddle splashes (it’s not waterproof).
The speed lacing—just pull and cinch the plastic locking mechanism—is quick and easy. But the lock frequently slips, causing loose laces (and toe bumping on downhill sections if you don’t retighten).