Saucony ProGrid Xodus 4.0 Trail-Running Shoe (Fall 2013)
Editors' Choice: 11.2 oz | 4mm drop | $110
The Dirt: Everything about this shoe screams “hardcore,” from protective uppers, to bomber tread, to a “Pro-Lock” support strap that locks in the midfoot for slip-free ascents and descents.
Aside from the low heel-to-toe drop that promotes midfoot landing, there is little here that resembles the lightweight shoes that have been so trendy on the trails in recent years. Still, even minimal-enthusiast testers who were initially skeptical about the Xodus were won over by its cushioning and protection.
Bonus features include a gusseted tongue, lace pocket and innovative gaiter hook.
Best For: Long distances in extreme conditions. Several testers suggested Colorado’s rugged Hardrock 100 as the ideal match for this shoe.
Traction: Aggressive Vibram lugs offer unmatched traction on demanding trails, roots, rocks and wet conditions. One tester said the Xodus “shines most at stout climbing and descending on technical singletrack.”
Fit: The ProGrid Xodus 4.0 fits true to size—snug through the midfoot with a roomy toebox.
The Downsides: Said one tester, “In an age where shoes are lighter and nimbler, the ‘hiking boot’ feel of this shoe could take some getting used to.”
Tester-Monial: “They are tanks. I stepped over rocks and roots alike with limitless abandon.”
–Alex Kurt, Minneapolis, MN
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