Yitka Winn August 08, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 37

The Future of Trail-Running Gear

Minimalist shoes are so last year, and other trends from the Summer Outdoor Retailer trade show floor


Last week, we once again ventured to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the biggest outdoor trade show of the year—Outdoor Retailer (OR)—in an effort to scope out the latest and greatest in the gear world.

What we found was a little different landscape than the one we’ve visited at recent OR shows. While the trend the last few years, particularly among running shoes, has been toward minimalism, the industry seems to be moving back toward something in the middle—new, not-easily categorized shoes that match lower heel-to-toe drops drops and lightweight materials with ample cushioning and aggressive tread.

Here, we explore this pendulum swing back toward more “traditional” running footwear, as well as several other high-level trends in the world of trail-running gear and apparel.

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