With great cushioning and a super-smooth ride – yet plenty of grip – this lightweight and comfortable shoe would be a great choice for those starting out in trail running, or for everyday training on mixed trails. It’s also a good longer-distance shoe, particularly if you’re running on straightforward terrain such as hard-packed trails. Columbia Montrail's mesh upper is light and breathable, great for summer running, and it’s quick-draining should you run through water. The low-profile, sticky rubber outsole grips well on wet road and rock. We found the fit a bit on the small side, so you may need to size up. 4mm drop.
VERDICT: Lightweight, cushioned and fast draining – great for long runs and puddles.