Outfitter: Trial Run, Adidas EQT Tangent Mid

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For most of us, trail "running" actually amounts to a mix of rugged-terrain trotting, hiking, and scrambling¿all abetted nicely by Adidas' EQT Tangent Mid. Ankle high, with a waterproof inner bootie, it offers a dry ride. But the sole is really the story here. The dramatic pods on its midsole were designed for three-point stability and an exhilarating feel. These, and a tread pattern inspired by soccer shoes, give great hold¿even at uneven angles¿on loose dirt, snow, gravel, and mud.