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Yitka Winn August 14, 2014 TWEET COMMENTS 6

8 Trail-Running Trends We Saw at Summer OR - Page 6

6. Minimalism really is dead.

At last year’s OR, it seemed that many running companies were incorporating elements of both minimalism and “maximalism” (aka HOKA ONE ONE) in their footwear designs. For 2015, everyone seems to be going further down the max-cushioned path, with a nary a true minimalist shoe to be found anywhere.

HOKA ONE ONE’s forthcoming Challenger ATR will be the first HOKA to debut in big-box retail, beginning with REI before showing up on other big-box retailers’ shelves by 2015:

 

For spring 2015, Merrell is adding the beefiest trail-running shoe yet that we've seen in their AllOut line, the AllOut Peak:

 

The afore-mentioned Skechers Ultra 2 is looking a little HOKA-esque as well:

 

At the very least, even companies founded on principles of minimalism are ramping up the protection their shoes offer to better handle longer, more technical runs.

We were stoked to see that Topo Athletic—whose debut trail-running shoe earlier this year, the MT, impressed us greatly—will soon offer a new model called the Runventure. The Runventure will be similar to the MT, still with a 2mm-drop and close-to-ground feel, but add a full-length rock plate. We'll go ahead and call this one of the shoes we're most excited to try out for spring 2015:

 



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