Competitor: 2016 Summer Trail Running Shoe Review

361° USA Santiago, $120

A new player to the American running shoe market, 361° started off last year with road running shoes that are super soft but also super resilient. The brand’s first trail running shoe follows the same mold. It has a plush interior and two layers of foam that help absorb impact shock and also propel the foot forward. The fit is comfortable and engaging, with a breathable mesh over the forefoot and a securely locking saddle that snugs down the arch and midfoot. The ride is noticeably soft and slightly bouncy, but our testers deemed that as a good thing. Our testers liked this shoe for mild trails and even for runs that include some dirt paths and some roads. But they didn’t feel it was cut out for evenly mildly technical terrain, given its low-profile traction and modest trail-specific protection.  Available now at

Plus: It has the smooth-riding feel of a road shoes and offers the versatility of crossing over from paved roads to mild dirt trails and gravel roads.

Minus: It’s definitely built more like a road running shoe and not suited for mountain-oriented trail running.

Weights: 10.9 oz. (men’s), 9.1 oz. (women’s)

Heel-to-Toe Offset: 9mm; 28mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)


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