BEST FOR: Runners whose route contains both path and pavement

Weight: 11.4 oz  Drop: 12mm

Brooks pitches the ASR as a hybrid, meaning its robust tread can tackle rocky, stump-filled trails while its midsole provides enough flex and feel for the road. Even our most skeptical trail runner thought it delivered. "It's not the lightest model, but it still manages to allow the foot to do some work on its own," he said. "Neat shoe," commented another. One tester in the Midwest was impressed by the water-resistant upper: "My feet stayed dry during a sloppy, ill-advised slog through the woods." [$120; brooksrunning.com]