Off-road running: How to pick a trail shoe

Take your run off-road: These running and hiking shoes are designed with enhanced traction

Off-road running: How to pick a trail shoe

Source: Best Health magazine, October 2014; Image by Luis Albuquerque

Asics Gel Fuji-Trabuco 2 has gel cushioning to absorb impact and boost stability. The laces can be tucked into a pocket in the tongue for puddle protection. ($145 at MEC)

Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 2 is constructed with sharp lugs on the outsole for traction, a sticky rubber forefoot for added grip on wet surfaces, and ventilated mesh upper. ($160)

New Balance Fresh Foam 980 Trail has a full-ground-contact outsole and a soft foam midsole. The upper is a breathable mesh, and the gusseted tongue keeps out pebbles. ($130)

Ecco Sport BIOM Ultra Quest features durable lightweight materials, an anatomical fit and low-to-the-ground sole for increased agility over rugged terrain. ($170)

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!

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