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Salomon Fellraiser (Fall 2013)

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10.2 oz | 6mm drop | $110 | salomon.com

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The Dirt: Inspired by the mucky conditions of the UK’s fell-running scene, the Fellraiser’s signature traits are its 7mm-deep lugs that chew up muddy and waterlogged trails like bear claws.

Ortholite foam, an EVA heel cup and a padded ankle cuff provide an especially cushy ride, given the shoe’s light weight—“noticeable and welcome on long descents,” said one tester.

The signature Salomon quick-lace system allows easy on and off.

Best For: Rugged, off-road running adventures of any distance. Stay off the pavement, as the lugs are like soccer cleats.

Traction: Several dozen angular, chevron-shaped lugs offer outstanding bite and braking control on steep, muddy trails.

Fit: The Fellraiser runs about a half-size long, with a narrow heel and medium-width forefoot.

The Downsides: While it handles mud and water well, it’s slow to shed them, too; the shoe can feel a bit heavy after running long in sloppy conditions.

Tester-Monial: “The Fellraiser is like having four-wheel drive for your feet!” –Tom Morton, Chicopee, MA