Those scores of loyal fans aren't won over by reputation alone, of course. Brooks starts with a platform of plush but responsive foam that features four pivot points to keep you aligned, rather than fighting, as you navigate high-steps, loose rock gardens, and slick scree. The support is nice on a quick after-work run, but it's paramount on longer, all-day adventures—especially when you're fighting through snow, and the moderator drop means the shoes are comfortably stable for most runners.
A beefy, lugged outsole hangs on tight when you're working to stay on your feet, and a ballistic rock shield keeps unexpected sharp jabs to a minimum. Along the upper, Brooks continues to innovate with the times, offering a full Gore-Tex construction that keeps bulk to a minimum. The seamless fabric provides full protection from rain, snow, and mud, while still allowing your feet to breathe and your metatarsals to expand.Log winter trail miles with this supportive, waterproof shoe