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Best Trail Shoes - Readers' Choice Awards 2013

Winner and Finalists

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Updated March 27, 2013

Meet the winner and finalists for favorite trail shoes to wear for walks and day hikes on natural trails. The finalists were nominated by readers and selected by our expert panel of walkers. Voting was open from Feb. 19 through March 19, 2013. The prize: bragging rights.

Vasque Velocity 2.0

Vasque Women's Velocity 2.0
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One nominator said, "This shoe marries the toughness of a hiking shoe with the comfort of a running shoe. It features a low profile, durable midsole of molded EVA and a TPU plate with a mesh upper for strength and breath-ability. Bold color punches and a reflective trim make it a stylish option for hitting the trails." I've had great experience with Vasque trail shoes.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTX

Brooks Adrenaline GTX Trail Shoes
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One nominator said, "Comfortable, Waterproof. Designed as a trail runner, but it is perfect for walking trails in the Pacific Northwest." They are made with a breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX membrane. For walkers who wear Brooks shoes for pavement, this off-road shoe should be a shoe-in.
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Montrail Mountain Masochist

Montrail Mountain Masochist
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One nominator said, "Super comfortable, lightweight, durable, waterproof. The Best!" They have a "Gryptonite" outsole to give you good traction on the trail. The tread is angled in the forefoot to grip the trail. They have a full-foot trail shield so you won't feel rocks poking through. The gussetted tongue helps keep out trail debris. They come in a mid-height hiking version as well as the regular height trail runner version. Their webbing and strap closure system over the laces should help form a lace lock to keep your lacings at the proper tension during uphills and downhills.

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La Sportiva Boulder X

La Sportiva Boulder X
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One nominator said, "They're actually 'approach shoes,' but I love the combination of a flat last and just-shy-of-climbing-shoe sticky rubber soles... great traction in all conditions so far. Comfy too!" The leather upper and rubber toe protects your foot from rocks and roots.
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Merrell Women's Siren Sport Walking Shoes

Merrell Women's Siren Sport Walking Shoes
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A nominator said, "These shoes are designed to support a woman's stride. Its patent-pending Q-Form technology combines cushioning and support in a rugged walking shoe designed especially for women. The Air Cushion midsole enhances cushioning, absorbing shock on impact." The uppers are made of Nubuck, suede and mesh for durability and breath-ability.
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