The North Face Boulder Canyon
$85, 11.0 oz, www.thenorthface.com
With bargain pricing, the Boulder Canyon is a reliable trail-road hybrid, although some testers felt it didn't roll well on hard surfaces. The gusseted tongue and tight-mesh upper kept out debris and the low-profile midsole provided adequate cushioning and stability.
This lightweight, entry-level shoe suits neutral runners with high-volume feet. Sorry, ladies, this only is available only in men's sizing for fall 2009.
TESTERMONIAL: "These shoes can handle any trail, plus the solid tread keeps you from feeling every root and rock." —Michael Forrester, Rocky Mount, NC