Mizuno Wave Ascend 8

Bucking the trend of barely there trail shoes, the Mizuno Wave Ascend 8 is a rugged kick for serious off-roaders. Our testers shredded trails in them, praising the traction provided by the shoe's unique X-shaped-lug-pattern on the outer sole. It's a bit chunkier than most similar runners at 11.4 ounces, but the increase in heft means athletes of almost any size will find the shoe an easy choice for off-road runs. [$110; mizunorunning.com]