Best New Trail Shoes for Spring-Summer 2019

Twice a year, sometime after the respective trade-show season is over, I share info on many (most?) of the new trail-shoe models debuting the following season. Now is one of those such times, so let’s just dive right into more than forty models of trail shoes you’ll see in late 2018 or early 2019!

[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated with a brand (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) that produces shoes, please share that relation in each of your comments on this article. Thanks!]

If you’re interested in a particular brand or model, you can use the following list to jump ahead. (Full-paragraph previews are bolded in the list.)

Arc’teryx Norvan SL ($150 – February 2019)

Haven’t tried an Arc’teryx trail shoe yet? Well, the Arc’teryx Norvan SL might just be your reason to do so. Why? Try a 6.5-ounce (185g) trail shoe with Vibram MegaGrip, a minimal upper, and forefoot rockplate. This 6mm-drop shoe is aimed at shorter, faster trail running rather than ultra-distance efforts.

Arc'teryx Norvan SL

The Arc’teryx Norvan SL.

Altra Superior 4 ($110 – January 1, 2019)

The Altra Superior 4 gets updates all around. First of all, the shoe drops in weight to 7.9 ounces (274g) for a U.S. men’s 9. Part of that weight savings comes from a new StoneGuard design that goes from a full underfoot sheet to a cutout design that resembles the foot’s skeletal structure. The Superior 4.0 will also feature Altra’s new Quantic midsole material and gets updated to the brand’s MaxTrac sticky rubber compound. The shoe also adds a rounded heel design and a burrito-tongue construction. The Superior 4.0 will also now be built on the same last as the Solstice.

Altra Superior 4

The Altra Superior 4.

Also new from Altra:

  • Altra Timp 1.5 ($130 – January 1,  2019) – The Timp 1.5 gets the same new MaxTrac outsole and Quantic midsole material updates as the Superior. Up top, the shoe’s durability should be increased with TPU reinforcements over blowout points and a new mesh. The fit will be a bit tighter in the heel and you’ll see Altra’s 4-Point Gaiter trap system added to the shoe. The Timp also trims up, coming in around half an ounce (17g) lighter at 10.5 ounces (298g) for a U.S. men’s 9.
  • Altra Kayenta ($110 – January 1, 2019)  – The Kayenta’s a road shoe, but at 5.9 ounces (167g) in a U.S. men’s 9, it caught my eye. It’s built on the same racing last as the King MT trail shoe.
Altra Timp 1.5

The Altra Timp 1.5.

Altra Kayenta

The Altra Kayenta.

DYNAFIT Feline UP Pro ($170 – April 2019)

The DYNAFIT Feline UP Pro will be one of the first trail shoes to use Vibram’s new Litebase system, which significantly reduces outsole weight. In this case, that Litebase features Vibram MegaGrip in an aggressively lugged shoe that weighs in at 8.1 ounces (230g). The Feline Up Pro has a speed-lace system and a minimal fit.

Dynafit Feline UP Pro

The Dynafit Feline UP Pro.

Also new from DYNAFIT:

  • DYNAFIT Feline UP ($140 – April 2019) –A non-Litebase version of the Feline UP that uses Vibram MegaGrip and weighs in at 8.8 ounces (250g).
DYNAFIT Feline UP

The DYNAFIT Feline UP.

La Sportiva Kaptiva ($140 – January 15, 2019)

The La Sportiva Kaptiva adds a new racing option to La Sportiva’s quiver of trail shoes. The Kaptiva’s built around a new snug racing last and weighs in at 9.1 ounces (260g) for a U.S. men’s 9. The 6mm-drop shoe includes moderate lugs (3.5-4.5mm) and a rockplate in the forefoot and heel.

La Sportiva Kaptiva

The La Sportiva Kaptiva.

Also new from La Sportiva:

  • La Sportiva Bushido II ($130 – January 15, 2019) – La Sportiva added 3mm of midsole for a softer ride as well as adding room in the heel cup and a softer tongue for more comfort. It sits at 10.5 ounces with 6mm of drop.
La Sportiva Bushido II

The La Sportiva Bushido II.

Columbia Montrail Alpine FTG ($130 – February 2019)

Marketing materials for the sub-9-ounce Columbia Montrail Alpine FTG highlight “its low-profile aggressive ground feel” (FTG = Feel the Ground) and its performance “on the most rugged mountain terrain at or above treeline.” Tech specs include a 6mm drop, 4mm lugs, and an overlasted midfoot reminiscent of the Salomon Speedcross.

Columbia Montrail Alpine FTG

The Columbia Montrail Alpine FTG.

adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed ($100 – February 1, 2019)

With the adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed, the company offers its lightest Terrex model to date with a correspondingly lighter price. The 8mm-drop shoe weighs in at 8.6 ounces (245g) with a breathable, sock-like construction and 3mm lugs.

Also new from adidas Outdoor:

  • adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed GTX ($180 – February 1, 2019) – A 9.7-ounce (275g), 6mm-drop GORE-TEX trail shoe.
  • adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic XT GTX ($170 – February 1, 2019) – Max features. Max protection. Max weight (13.6 ounces/385g).
  • adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed Plus ($120 – February 1, 2019) – A reasonably lightweight (9.2 ounces/260g) all-around trail shoe.
adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed GTX

The adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed GTX.

adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic XT GTX

The adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic XT GTX.

adidas Terrex Agravic Speed Plus

The adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic Speed Plus.

Inov-8 Roclite 275 ($135 – January 2019)

The inov-8 Roclite 275 is one of four models that bring graphene G-Grip outsoles to the Roclite trail shoes (along with the 290, 300, and 315 GTX) early next year. The 275g (9.7-ounce) version includes a breathable upper, 8mm drop, gaiter-attachment points, and aggressive 6mm lugs.

Inov-8 Roclite 275

The Inov-8 Roclite 275.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 ($140 – March 2019)

The updates to the Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 are entirely in the upper, with the underfoot tooling staying unchanged. You’ll immediately notice the switch to an engineered upper mesh along the lines used in the Evo Mafate and Evo Jawz. The shoe also adds a narrow footwrap around the midfoot and reduces the toe bumper around the big toe to create a more accommodating toebox. The redesign bumps the weight up from 9.8 to 10.3 ounces (292g) in a U.S. men’s 9. In reality, the Speedgoat 3 will arrive first as the Speedgoat 3 WP (read as “waterproof”) in January 2019 at $150.

Hoka One One Speedgoat 3

The Hoka One One Speedgoat 3.

Also new from Hoka One One:

  • Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 ($130 – January 1,  2019) – The Challenger ATR 5 features a redesigned outsole with the lugs closer in the heel for a smoother ride and spread further apart in the forefoot for more traction. Hoka’s also modified the midfoot for better lockdown. Like the Speedgoat 3, this shoe adds half an ounce over the previous version to weigh in at 9.4 ounces (226g) in a U.S. men’s 9. Note: The Challenger 5 will be available in a wide version, a first for a Hoka trail shoe.
  • Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5 ($160 – January 1, 2019) – The Stinson ATR 5 adds arch-lock wings for more midfoot lockdown and a tweaked toebox that’s more accommodating. It adds 0.3 ounces to weigh in at 12.1 ounces (343g) in a U.S. men’s 9.
Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5

The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5.

Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5

The Hoka One One Stinson ATR 5.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 ($130 – April 1, 2019)

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5 receives a big underfoot update. The lugs are increased from 3-4 mm to 5 mm, as well as with less pointy lugs for plenty of grip with a smoother feel. There’s also the addition of a sticky rubber pod in the midfoot for added traction on roots and rocks. Also underfoot, there’s also a change to Nike’s recently introduced React midsole material and a more segmented rockplate. Nike experimented with various midsole heights with the midsole material change, but stuck to its current thickness. The upper is similar to the Kiger 4 (review), but with a bit more room in the toebox.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5.

Also new from Nike:

  • Nike Air Zoom Terra Wildhorse 5 ($110 – April 1, 2019) – The Wildhorse gets updates to the upper, including removing the fit band, which reduces the shoe’s weight by 3/4 of an ounce.
Nike Air Zoom Terra Wildhorse 5

The Nike Air Zoom Terra Wildhorse 5.

Raidlight Responsiv Dynamic ($130 – March 1, 2019)

For Spring 2019, Raidlight revamps their trail line, including introducing the aggressive Raidlight Responsiv Dynamic. This shoe features 6mm lugs and a quick-drying upper with a lace garage. This 9.7-ounce (275g) shoe has a 6mm drop.

Raidlight Responsiv Dynamic

The Raidlight Responsiv Dynamic.

Also new from Raidlight:

  • Raidlight Responsiv Ultra ($140 – March 1, 2019) – A more cushioned option with a more relaxed fit for the longest runs.
  • Raidlight Revolutiv ($165 – March 1, 2019) – Meant for tough conditions with its Tendon Wrapping System and 6mm lugs.
  • Raidlight Responsiv XP ($150 – March 1, 2019) – The only 4mm-drop, slimmer-fitting shoe in the group for a fast, precise feel on the trails.
Raidlight Responsiv Ultra

The Raidlight Responsiv Ultra.

Raidlight Revolutiv

The Raidlight Revolutiv.

Raidlight Responsiv XP

The Raidlight Responsiv XP.

Saucony Peregrine ISO ($120 – January 1, 2019)

The Saucony Peregrine ISO continues with the same aggressive underfoot tooling as the current Peregrine 8 (review). The updates to the Peregrine include the addition of ISOfit for improved midfoot lockdown. The 4mm-drop Peregrine ISO will weigh in at 10.5 ounces (298g) for a U.S. men’s 9.

Saucony Peregrine ISO

The Saucony Peregrine ISO.

Also new from Saucony:

  • Saucony Switchback ISO ($140 – February 1, 2019) – Inspired by Saucony’s Freedom ISO road shoe, the Switchback ISO is a 9.6-ounce (272g), 4mm-drop, neutral trail shoe with BOA lacing.
Saucony Switchback ISO

The Saucony Switchback ISO.

SCARPA Spin Ultra ($150 – February 2019)

The SCARPA Spin Ultra adds a bit of cushioning to the Spin line with an 18.5/24.5mm stack height (6mm drop). The Spin Ultra is another trail shoe that combines Vibram’s Litebase with MegaGrip, reducing the sole’s base from 1.5 to 0.5mm with commensurate weight savings (U.S. men’s 9 – 9.3 ounces).

SCARPA Spin Ultra

The SCARPA Spin Ultra.

Also new from SCARPA:

  • SCARPA Proton XT ($150 – February 2019) – Admittedly a run/hike shoe. This could be a bomber replacement for those still longing for a return of the Montrail Hardrock. It’s got Vibram MegaGrip and the heft of 11.9 ounces for a U.S. men’s 9.
SCARPA Proton XT

The SCARPA Proton XT.

Topo Ultraventure ($130 – October 2018 at REI, November 2018 everywhere)

The Topo Ultraventure is the company’s plushest trail shoe, with a 30mm stack height as well as the highest heel-to-toe drop (5mm) in the line. The shoe features the same outsole design as the Hydroventure 2, but with a Vibram outsole that’s not MegaGrip (the Hydroventure 2 is). With its generous stack height, the shoe foregoes a rockplate. The shoe also gets attachment ports for Topo’s gaiters, as do both of the Topo updates noted below. The Ultraventure weighs in at 11.2 ounces (317g) in a U.S. men’s 9.

Topo Ultraventure

The Topo Ultraventure.

Also new from Topo:

  • Topo Hydroventure 2 (January 2019 – $140) – The Hydroventure 2 gets deeper, wider-spaced lugs as well as a Vibram MegaGrip outsole.
  • Topo Terraventure 2 (mid-November 2018 – $120) – The Terraventure 2 sees also sees an updated outsole with wider-spaced lugs, but without MegaGrip. The upper sees a more abrasion-resistant mesh and drainage slits in the forefoot TPU film overlays, with the shoe’s TPU overlays generally reduced for better breathability.
Topo Hydroventure 2

The Topo Hydroventure 2.

Topo Terraventure 2

The Topo Terraventure 2.

Salomon Speedcross 5 ($130 – February 1, 2019)

Don’t mess with a classic; that’s what can be said for the Salomon Speedcross 5. While now far from Salomon’s sexiest shoe, it’s perhaps the brand’s most iconic trail runner and a model that’s not updated every year. This version of the Speedcross gets its chevron outsole design tweaked, a new upper mesh, and refinements to its Sensifit for a more secure, but less pinched fit. It’ll weight in at a heavier 11.6 ounces (329g) for a U.S. men’s 9 and have a 10mm drop.

Salomon Speedcross 5

The Salomon Speedcross 5.

Also new from Salomon:

  • Salomon Sense Ride 2 ($120 – February 1, 2019) – The Sense Ride 2 gets its upper tweaked with a more breathable mesh and a more comfortable implementation of Sensifit.
Salomon Sense Ride 2

The Salomon Sense Ride 2.

Merrell MTL Cirrus ($180 – February 2019)

With Merrell MTL Cirrus, the company aims to make a high-quality trail runner. The 11.4-ounce (323g) shoe is highly breathable, has 4.5mm Vibram MegaGrip lugs, and a 3/4-length TPU rockplate.

Merrell MTL Cirrus

The Merrell MTL Cirrus.

Also new from Merrell:

  • Merrell Antora ($110 – February 2019) – The Antora is a women’s-only model with a women’s-specific last that’s meant as a high-mileage shoe for moderate terrain. It’s 8 ounces (227g) for a U.S. women’s size 7 with an 8mm drop.
  • Merrell Momentous ($120 – February 2019) – An 11-ounce (312g) shoe for moderate terrain featuring a Vibram MegaGrip outsole, 2D-knit upper with TPU film overlays, burrito tongue, and a really sturdy heel counter.
  • Merrell Trail Glove 5 & Trail Glove 5 3D ($100 & $140, respectively – February 2019) – The Trail Glove 5 is updated to Merrell’s Barefoot 2 construction, which is more tuned to a weigh-bearing foot in motion than a static foot. The TG5 (7 oz/198g) has a tradition mesh upper, while the TG5 3D (8 oz/227g) has a seamless, sock-like knit upper.
Merrell Antora

The Merrell Antora.

Merrell Momentous

The Merrell Momentous.

Merrell Trail Glove 5

The Merrell Trail Glove 5.

Merrell Trail Glove 5 3D

The Merrell Trail Glove 5 3D.

Brooks Caldera 3 ($140 – December 1, 2018)

The 9.3-ounce (264g) Brooks Caldera 3 sees both an updated upper and a new outsole rubber, TrailTack, that’s better on wet rock. The heel and toe areas see reinforced protection while the midfoot mudguard layer includes perforations for better drainage. There’s also a new lace keeper mid-tongue and a new front gaiter-attachment point.

Brooks Caldera 3

The Brooks Caldera 3.

The North Face Flight Trinity ($140 – February 2019)

With a number of new releases from The North Face for spring 2019, the pinnacle shoe is The North Face Flight Trinity, a 9.5-ounce (279g), 8mm-drop offering featuring a knit interior booty with a ripstop outer layer. The Flight Trinity includes TNF’s new EXTS outsole system–featuring tri-star lugs, an S-Curve lug pattern, and targeted rubber compound usage throughout the outsole–also found in the three Ambition Collection models noted below.

The North Face Flight Trinity

The North Face Flight Trinity.

Also new from The North Face:

  • The North Face Ampezzo ($130 – February 2019) – A highly cushion 11.0-ounce (309g), 6mm-drop update to the Endurus TR.
  • The North Face Corvara ($120 – February 2019) – The same underfoot tooling as the Flight Trinity, but in a more affordable package.
  • The North Face Rovereto ($90 – February 2019) – An 11-ounce (318g) entry-level trail shoe with single-density midsole and TPU heel cradle.
The North Face Ampezzo

The North Face Ampezzo.

The North Face Corvara

The North Face Corvara.

The North Face Rovereto

The North Face Rovereto.

Vasque Velocity AT ($120 – February 2019)

I know little about the Vasque Velocity AT, but from a glance it appears to slot in somewhere like a Brooks Cascadia, which is to say a solid, all-around trail shoe. It looks to have a highly breathable upper, a reasonable weight (10.2 ounces/290g), and an 8mm drop.

Vasque Velocity AT

The Vasque Velocity AT.

Note on Spring/Summer 2019 Updates from Other Brands

Skechers and Under Armour have confirmed they don’t have have significant updates for spring 2019.

SCOTT plans to launch a new trail model in the spring.

Call for Comments

[Editor’s Note: If you’re affiliated (i.e., an employee, ambassador, etc.) with a brand that produces shoes, please share that relation in each of your comments on this article. Thanks!]

  • Which new trails shoes for late 2018 and early 2019 have you most excited?
  • Have any technical questions? Ask away!
  • Know of other trail shoes due out early next year? Tell us about them in a comment.

There are 45 comments

  1. scott

    Topo look like Walmart toddler shoes.
    Love another brand putting something out with a toebox made for 100s but geez. At least the terraventure 1 was a muted color so you could kinda hide how bad they looked.

    1. Curt

      You’re not alone in this opinion. I dig some of their shoes, but the new generation is looking ugly enough that I’m worried it’ll hurt the brand. Hope I’m wrong on this.

      1. Todd Segraves

        I’m a Topo ambassador and I can say that these photos do not do the new shoes justice. I have the Ultra Ventures and they are both a good looking model and an excellent performing shoe. I’ve seen the new Terraventures and Hydroventures and they both look great as well.

  2. Rufus

    A few comments:

    1. It’s great to see more traditional trail shoes being released (6-10mm drop, 9-10oz claimed weight). Zero drop, lightweight, maxi cush trends are all great but make some shoes for the rest of us!

    2. What’s a burrito tongue? I see this used constantly through article. Is this what used to be called “sock-like” construction i.e. tongue wrapping down to midsole?

    3. Salomon, give us an option to ditch the dang Quicklaces. So many good shoes ruined with the same unalterable design issue that doesn’t benefit the average runner.

  3. TMB

    No report for New Balance trail shoes? I like them as they come in wide versions. New Balance seem to be one of the only makers of wide trail shoes. If anyone has suggestions for a brand other than New Balance that comes in a wide, please chime in!

      1. Bryon Powell

        I’ve since learned that there’ll be a Hierro v4 and a Summit Unknown update the first half of next year. I’ve asked for details as will add them to the article once I learn more about them.

    1. Eli

      If you are looking for a wide toe box the Altra and Topo would be great options, but they might not work if you need the extra width in the midfoot or heel. The article mentions that the new Hoka Challenger will come in wide widths, and I have heard rumors that the new Saucony Peregrine will come in wide widths.

      1. Rick

        will definitely be looking to try those out! will you be getting any to review? they look like they’d be right at home on the east coast trails i run.

  4. Curt

    Excited about the new Trail Gloves! Lets hope it’s a slightly wider last with a less restrictive toe box, like the TG1. The TG4 was pretty solid, although the toe bumper was a little obtrusive. Those colors though… ugh. The 3D version looks like a Walmart water shoe. I really don’t understand Merrell’s design team sometimes.

    And the Superior 4! No Trail Rudder! Wooooh! Although burrito tongue… no wooooh.

  5. Alex

    Agree the new Topo look is goofy in the extreme, but once they’re covered with mud, all trail shoes look the same :-). The fit and function on Topos is SO good (the MT-2 may be the best-fitting shoe I’ve ever worn) that I will try the new ones anyway. In particular I’ve been waiting for them (emailing them repeatedly in fact) to come out with a higher-stack option, so the Ultraventure is in my future…

  6. Brian

    Disappointed that the weight of Hoka shoes is going up. I think their main differentiating factor was to offer superior cushioning in a light weight package.

    1. Mike

      This. It seems every year Hoka’s keep going up in weight, while many other shoe company offerings are going down due to more modern uppers (less welded overlays etc) and new lightweight, but resilient midsoles. On one level it was cool that Hoka finally heard the demand for the OG Clifton and have reissued it, but I feel it’s kinda depressing they can’t as a whole be moving in a direction of going lighter weight through modern material & design.

      1. Phil

        Keep on the lookout for lightweight Hokas (On the road side of things) in fall of 2019. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

        In terms of current models, the EVO Mafate and the Hoka Mach have some of the best weight to cushioning ratios of any shoe on the market.

  7. DF

    Looking forward to the price drop in the Speedgoat 2 as a result. Seeing that the upper is similar to the EVO Mafate, I’m not excited after watching my brother’s pair fall to pieces so early on in their life.

  8. Brian

    Interesting that the outsole (bottom) of the Raidlight Responsiv Ultra is almost identical the Hoka Challenger 4, with a nearly identical price point. Looks like they share the same manufacturer.

    1. Curt

      They usually launch new lines with a signature colorway. Or, they launch a signature colorway every season on all their products. Looks like it’s cotton candy pink and blue this time around. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. They’ll definitely have other color options shortly.

  9. Jason

    Nice work! Nothing gets me more excited than the coming season’s shoe tease. Although, the shoes still appear to be getting larger and gaudier (looking at you Merrell), which I had thought was tamped down a bit, but damn! Hoping that the North Face shoes (given the brand’s corporate ties) will pave the way for a few more options and innovations in the marketplace, and return to the NF of old. Also wish the old Montrail would come back (sad face).

    Question: Do you know if SCOTT has any intent on re-entering the trail-running market in the US? They left just as I discovered my favorite shoe: the Supertrac RC. Just curious since you mentioned them briefly at the end. The La Sportiva Kaptiva and Raidlight Responsiv Dynamic have my attention though as future alternatives for the rocky stuff. Also, curious of the durability of the new Terra Kiger. It looks like it’s just waiting to get shredded. Thanks for all your work!

    1. Curt

      I do miss the slimmer designs of yesteryear. I was watching the Ginger Runner’s reviews from 2014 and found myself pining for the Patagonia Everlong and the Terra Kiger 2.

      1. Jt2gt

        Great thing about the Patty Everlong was that it was light, soft and comfy (never had toe probs or blisters) but it also had a fairly wide platform/waist so it was nice and stable too. I still wear mine and have an extra pair. Anything else like it?

  10. Brian

    I think this next year may be the first that I do not primarily run in Salomons. Not a big fan of the direction that have been taking. Seems like the choice is either heavy with higher drop or light weight with lower drop and low amount of cushion. The La Sportiva Kaptiva and the TNF Trinity both look interesting. Dynafit also looks like a good alternative to Salomon, which somewhere local carried Dynafit anyone know how the sizing of those compares to Salomon?

  11. Aaron S.

    I find the European sizing matches up pretty well across the board for Salomon to Dynafit. With the fit generally most resembling S-Lab lasts. Though, if you live near a Salewa dealer, the fit is the exact same in the Ultra Train to the Dynafit trail running line. Which of course makes sense(same parent company)

  12. david

    thanks for your reviews! curious about kiger 5, is the fit the same as kiger 4? it looks a lot different than kiger 4, which i love. i hope the fit has not changed- except for more toe room like you mentioned, which is good. thanks!

  13. Eric

    That Caldera looks promising. I really hope the new Brooks outsole technology is better than the previous! The lugs on my Cascadia’s don’t have very good wet grip compared to my Sense Rides and they are coming off in chunks.

  14. caper

    Is it just me or are they all giant clown sized shoes…I know many of you love Altra’s Hokas etc…but where are the lightweight, moderate drop 6-8mm shoes? Are there any =<250g, low stack height shoes left? Aye Carumba I'm getting the glue and dremmel out and building my own at this rate.

  15. Brian Davenport

    With a narrow foot, I’m interested in hearing what new shoes might be best for me. I’ve had huge success with the latest Peregrine and moderate success with the Speedgoat 2.

  16. Emerson Thoreau

    Visually, the trend seems to be moving towards Hoka-type designs; or are these the shoes you decided to focus on? Interesting as to how the pendulum swings (i.e. adios, minimalists).

    1. Brian

      Pretty sure I saw/heard it mentioned in an interview or something somewhere that it was a prototype EVO Mafate ie the next version that has yet to be released. Pretty sure the current EVO Mafate was worn by them last year at UTMB.

  17. 50km

    I was happy with NB Leadville but they discontinued it.

    NB K. O. M is the one I replaced it with. After 100km the soft fabruc around the ankle area is developing holes. Leadville had 0 holes after 600kms (had 3 pairs).

    K. O. M is less roomy but still usable for me. The K. O. M megagrip is much better though. Although online I have seen photos of cracks appearing after 200km!

    I was going to buy couple of them as backup but not sure anymore.

    K. O. M would have been perfect for me with better quality control/testing.

    Grrrr…

  18. JC

    Really?
    Have you seen Nikes newer road shoes? Hoka Cliftons keep getting firmer and heavier (and the reissue of the Clifton 1 was a dud.) Since Hoka sold out, they have lost their appeal, they seem to cater to their elites (which don’t purchase shoes) and not to everyday runners.
    They need to go back to the drawing board, and revamp every shoe in their line-up.
    If you like big, bulky, and firm then Hoka is your shoe!

  19. Lou

    Bryon,
    Have you tried the new Superior rockplate? I recall you found it useful in your NB racing flats. I’m testing the 4.0 now and for the first time I have actually found it useful to leave in the shoe. It’s paired down quite a bit.Previously, the first thing I did was chuck it in the garbage because it made the shoe feel dead.

  20. WeiDe

    Just got the Hoka Challenger ATR5s, not the wide version but the regular ones. Really happy with them, they are much wider in the forefoot than the previous Hokas. Similar to the Torrents i would say. I had the Speedgoat 2 and couldnt run in them, they were so slim and pointy, squeezed my feet and caused me to run in an unnatural form. Every foot is different of course. The ATR4 were great but a bit too narrow for 100 Milers. 5s wider, but same fit in midfoot, holds the foot well. Interested to see how wide then their trail wide version will be…

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