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Yitka Winn Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:22 TWEET COMMENTS 5

Patagonia EVERlong

8.4 oz | 4 mm drop | $110 | www.patagonia.com

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The Dirt: The EVERlong was designed with extensive input from Patagonia ambassador Jeff Browning. Its lightweight materials, plush foam midsole and virtually seamless upper offer a versatile ride that our testers praised as Patagonia’s best trail-running shoe yet.

With a 4mm heel-to-toe drop and much of the midsole foam focused in the forefoot, this shoe encourages a mid- to forefoot strike. For a minimalist shoe, it has a squishy, cushioned feel out of the box that one tester called “the most standout feature.”

The mesh upper dries quickly after creek crossings or rainstorms, and the low-profile lugs shed mud easily.

Best For: Everything from hardpack trails to rocky talus slopes. Most of our testers said they found its lightweight, responsive feel most suited to distances up to 25-30 miles.

Traction: Though low profile, the 2mm sticky-rubber lugs are surprisingly grippy on dry terrain, both rocky and smooth, as well as light mud. They perform less well in snow, sand or deep mud.

Fit: Runs true to size, but snug, particularly through the midfoot. Wide-footed runners may want to go a half-size up.

The Downsides: The thin, mesh upper and exposed EVA sections of the outsole may exhibit premature wear and tear.

Tester-Monial: “These shoes kicked the crutches out from under me and made me use and discover feet and leg muscles that had become weak due to running in more structured shoes—and I run in mostly minimal shoes.” – Jason Miller, Austin, TX

 

Want to learn more? Check out this video from Patagonia and Jeff Browning.

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