Great shoe for technical trails. Stands up to rocks, roots, wet ground, hills and decents.
Bought the Saucony Xodus for technical trail running. Had several versions of Saucony Peregrine and like them, but the uppers would split by the sole on rocky terrain.
The Xodus has a sturdier upper and a tough outer sole, with the Vibram bottom. Lugs are great for rocky, hilly terrain. They have good grip on wet uneven rocks, roots and leaves. Ran a rocky 50K with them (pacing at Oil Creek 100) and they performed really well.
One issue is that the sole is somewhat stiff and occasionally causes the shoe to roll outward when foot lands a certain way.
Overall, great show for challenging trails woods.
Not distance trail shoes
I'm a 205 6'2" trail runner, 25 miles/week. I run very aggressive terrain in the Ozarks. The tread on these are similar to hiking boots, and they hold mud like boots. The tread is also so solid, they are very slick on wet rocks, to the point of dangerous. These are not practical distance running shoes. I'm using them for camping and around the yard now.
Clydesdale on the trail
Best Trail Shoe
One of the best all around running shoes I've owned. Comfortable out of the box, breaths really well, good traction, and durable. I have used these shoes in arid desert runs, high humid trails, pavement, and tread mills with no problems. For heavier runners (I'm 190 lbs) this shoe will handle the punishment.
Mens Saucony Xodus 4.0 Trail Running Shoe
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