Nike Zoom Terra Kiger
Credit: Photograph by Svend Lindbaek - Styling by Peter Tran for Art-Department

With a low profile, aggressive tread, and funky mesh upper, the Nike Zoom Terra Kiger looks as though it's only for the most hard-core trail junkies. But thin cushioning at the heel and forefoot proved ultra comfortable, and we found that the unique traction pattern worked well on any off-road surface. (8.5 oz; 4mm drop) [$125; nike.com]