Trail Running Shoe Reviews
Spring 2012 Trail Shoe Guide
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Asics Gel-Instinct 33 ($100)
The ideal hybrid, the Instinct is built on the same sole as Asics's popular Gel-Speedstar road shoe but with the addition of a toothy bottom. This shoe delivers an impressive combination of cushioning and traction. "They performed well on most surfaces and were comfortable enough to wear on 25-mile runs," says Gary Long, a wear-tester from Reading. Some testers, though, were concerned that the Instinct's sole was too soft and failed to provide enough protection from sharp debris on rugged surfaces.
Bottom line: Transitions easily from road to cinder trail or groomed path.
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