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