Hit the trails this spring with three hot new trail running shoes from The North Face, Hi-Tec and Adidas Outdoors.

Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX — $120

Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX — $120

While technically branded as a “light hiker,” Adidas Outdoors’ brand-new Terrex Swift R GTX is built to withstand the punishment and technical demands of trail running. Well-suited for shoulder-season runs, its Gore-Tex membrane keeps your foot dry and the Traxion sole with Continental rubber (yes, the automotive tire manufacturer) ensures great wet-surface grip. Look for this shoe in both men’s and women’s models (shown) this year. Adidas Outdoors
The North Face Women’s Single-Track Hayasa — $130

The North Face Women’s Single-Track Hayasa — $130

The North Face designed this shoe in collaboration with TNF pro athlete Tsuyoshi Kaburaki — it is an ultralight (250 grams per shoe) race-ready, minimalist shoe designed for runners with mechanically sound form. Heavy-duty construction (TPU-welded support overlays, protective toe cap, TPU Snake Plate forefront protection) and an 18mm heel and 8 mm forefoot makes this an ideal shoe to hit the dirt with.
The North Face
Hi-Tec V-Lite Nazka 5.0 — $100

Hi-Tec V-Lite Nazka 5.0 — $100

They say, “For the runner who enjoys a minimalist feel to get closer to the ground and experience every stride of their running gait. This natural fit 5mm low-drop shoe will ensure you are fast on your feet.” After we saw the technical mesh upper with sueded support frame, dual-density midsole, Running Ortholite footbed and tough Vibram outsole — we tend to agree. Available in men’s and women’s.
Hi Tec
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