Off-road shoes to tread over technical passes, gravel, and gnarly rooty trails. They provide a satisfying ground feel and foot control, with a layer of underfoot protection to absorb shock and minimize pressure if you come down squarely on a pointy rock.
- Uppers are synthetic mesh, with debris-free construction.
- Midsoles are RevLite foam, 30% lighter than standard foam, with similar responsiveness, durability, cushioning, and stability.
- RockStop® flexible layer blunts the impact of rocks and roots by dispersing energy.
- Outsoles are Vibram® minimalist rubber with traction only where needed.
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize pronation or supination, where the foot tends to roll inward or outward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Waterproof shoes and boots feature a waterproof-breathable membrane and a gusseted tongue to help keep your feet dry in wet conditions.