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Jul

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2016

Mountain Kicks 2016

From light and fast trail runners to full-on rock scramblers.

By Lisa Jhung

Ours testers included short-distance trail runners, competitive ultrarunners, casual hikers, and long-haul backpackers. All told, we had a couple hundred years of run-hike-climb experience between us. For two months last spring, in and around Boulder, Colorado, we put nearly as many miles on 30 different pairs of shoes while running, rock hopping, and even Class 5 scrambling. Plus, time tested running gear, from the lightest windbreaker on the market to the our favorite sports bra.

  • Brooks PureGrit 5

  • Hoka One One Challenger ATR2

  • Icebug Anima RB9X

  • New Balance Vazee Summit

  • Pearl Izumi Trail M2 v 3

  • La Sportiva Helios 2.0

  • Salomon X-Mission 3

  • Altra Olympus 2.0

  • Adidas Terrex Agravic

  • Asics Gel-Fuji Endurance

  • Saucony Peregrine 6

  • Montrail Caldorado

  • Scarpa Neutron

  • The North Face Ultra Endurance

  • Topo Athletic Hydroventure

  • Merrell All Out Crush

  • Columbia Conspiracy Titanium OutDry

  • Dynafit Feline Vertical

  • Salewa Ultra Train

  • ArcTeryx Acrux SL Approach

  • Oboz Aurora [women’s only]

  • Ahnu Sugarpine WP

  • Keen Versatrail

  • Vasque Inhaler II Low

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