Adventure Ready

Ready to tackle the outdoors.

As Americans increasingly explore local neighborhood trails, parks and wild spaces, they’re looking for versatile, rugged styles that hold up to whatever adventures they find. These spring ’21 styles fit the bill.

Dynafit’s featherweight DNA trail runner  ($160) is a trail racing shoe built for mid to long distances. The 240-gram style is designed for fast, technical trails with challenging downhill sections. It has a 6mm drop and an alpine rocker profile for a smooth stride from heel to toe.

Lightweight, comfortable, casual and eco-friendly, Merrell’s $85 Cloud Knit style features a FloatEco Foam midsole, a 30 percent recycled knit upper, 30 percent recycled rubber outsole and 100 percent recycled laces.

Built for the hot and rocky conditions found along the beginning section of the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail, the $140 Trail 2650 Campo from Danner is technical  and stylish. It features a Vibram 460 outsole with Megagrip, and its linerless design is gaiter-compatible, with drainage ports in its EVA midsole.

The updated version of Salomon’s go-to trail shoe, the Sense Ride 4 ($120) offers even more durability and breathability with a new upper featuring anti-debris mesh. An Optivibe midsole provides shock absorption and vibration dampening without affecting rebound, and a decoupled rock plate delivers protection.

Timberland’s $100 Solar Wave style for men and women features a GreenStride outsole, which uses renewables like sugar cane and natural rubber for a resilient, cushioned ride.

Tecnica’s $140 Magma S is an all-mountain style designed for running, hiking or trekking. Bridging the gap between a trail running shoe and a hiking shoe, it aims to deliver protection, stability and grip in a lightweight package with a ventilated 3D mesh upper, breathable mesh liner, anatomical, pre-shaped EVA footbed and a Vibram Megagrip Litebase XO Shield outsole.

Combining a modern fit system with Salewa’s new Ankle Protection System (APS), the new Dropline Mid ($180) offers stability and precision fit, making it a good choice for moving quickly in the mountains. APS is a thermoformed, high rebound material that offers extra ankle lateral-support, especially while going downhill.

The new Taurus Pro GTX Mid ($180) is a split leather and fabric trail shoe from Lowa that is designed for day hiking and multi-sport activities. Versatile and lightweight, it features injected midsole technology for support and comfort and Gore-Tex construction for waterproof/breathable protection.

Styles in the new Sypes collection from Oboz are built to perform on the trail with mountain town style. Featuring the brand’s new Bend outsole with 5mm deep lugs, each Sypes style is specifically tuned for gender, support, and rebound, delivering comfort and versatility. Available in mid (below) and low leather waterproof styles, prices in the collection range from $135 to $165.

Whether on the water or on the trail, Ecco’s new fully adjustable $100 X-Trinsic sandal is an all-day option. With a grippy rubber outsole and Phorene footbed, the sporty style is at home wherever it goes. It uses Ecco’s FluidForm construction and has a grippy rubber outsole for good measure.

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