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Running Shoe Reviews

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200

Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200

  • • Weight: Mens 7.1 oz
  • • Category: Minimal Trail Running

The Bare-Grip 200s have what Inov8 calls precision fit, a narrower and longer fit ideal for gripping the feet when racing. This extra length disappears when running because of the flexibility of the shoes and minimal construction. This flexibility makes the shoes good for soft muddy conditions, but means the rocks are noticeable through hard sections of trail. The cleat-like sole sheds the mud like nobody’s business. Simply stated, aptly named, these Bare-Grip shoes simulate barefoot running with loads of gripping power. $110 Inov-8.com

Altra Superior

Altra Superior

  • • Weight: 7.9 oz
  • • Category: Neutral Trail Runner

The Altra Superiors are versatile and customizable shoes. For a lighter more flexible shoe simply remove the Rock Guard. The inside of the shoe is designed to be barefoot friendly with smooth seams from the gusseted tongue on top through the bottom of its sole. With a funny rudder to help gripping on descents, the roomy toe box allows feet to spread on impact. The efficient checkered traction on the sole the shoe is worthy of its name. $95 altrazerodrop.com

Gost Barefoot Paleo Pronativ

Gost Barefoots Paleo Pronativ

  • • Weight: 6.1 oz
  • • Category: Ultra Minimal Trail Running

The Paleo Pronative is the “shoe” that boldly ventures into uncharted territory. The Pronative is more like a chainmail sock than a shoe. It provides feet with all the sensations of being barefoot while limiting the thorn briars that get in the way. These semi-custom fit shoes don’t pull hairs or rub feet raw, but runners must invest the proper time into the break-in period. For the runner looking for more Paleo in life than just a diet, these shoes provide a great barefoot experience. $250 gost-barefoots.com

Inov-8 Trailroc 235

Inov-8 Trailroc 235

  • • Weight: 8.30 oz
  • • Category: Minimal Trail Running

The Trailroc 235 is splashed with bright colors that will cheer up any gloomy day. Plus, they’re designed with many technical features to keep your running feet happy from start to finish. The soles are made of sticky rubber with plenty of rigidity to protect you from the roots and rocks in the trail while still providing a lot of flexibility with strategically placed flex joints. TheTrailroc 235s are zero-drop and provide a natural fit. These are great for helping runners perfect a mid-foot strike on trails. $120 inov-8.com

Albert Mitchell You can find Albert Mitchell biking the trails, rowing the streams, or sliding down the slopes around Salt Lake City. He loves all things outdoors and fitness related. In his spare time he is an online marketing expert. Connect with Albert on Google +.


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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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