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The Best Trail Running Shoes and Triathlon Sneakers

  • New Balance

    Best Stability Trail Runner

    "You could wear these forever," a tester said. The "light as a feather" New Balance Leadville 1210v2 has a mesh upper, a "supportive but not ridged" midsole, "pillowlike" cushioning and a rugged outsole that "grips the trails well," so it seems "as if you're never going to lose your footing." ($125, newbalance.com)

  • Altra

    Best Lightweight Trail Runner

    With "just-right cushioning," a zero-drop design (no heel-to-toe height differential) that encourages a more natural foot strike, and a "nice and wide" foot-shaped toe box, the "supercomfortable" Altra Lone Peak 2.0 "makes you feel light, mobile and protected" on the trails. ($120, altrarunning.com)

  • Asics

    Best Triathlon Shoe

    Ease your bike-to-run transition with the "great cushioning" and "superb support" of the Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 10 shoes; they "fit pretty perfectly," thanks to seamless mesh uppers (for sockless wear) and heel and tongue grips, which help you slip them on and off quickly. ($140, asicsamerica.com)

  • Hoka One One

    Best Supercushioned Trail Runner

    Experience "running on clouds" in the Hoka One One Challenger ATR, which "looks a little clunky but is actually lightweight and easy to run in." You get "excellent traction" while the plump midsole pleasantly "prevents you from feeling rocks under your feet." ($130, hokaoneone.com)