There are plenty of ways to get into shape, but nothing gets you fitter for adventure sports faster than running. A month or two of trail or road miles builds cardio, strengthens your guns, and primes you for any activity, from hiking the Pacific Coast Trail to biking the White Rim Trail. And if your spring to-do list isn't motivation enough, few things dispel the winterNow available at the Gear Store in partnership with Altrec.comPerformance Clothing and Gear!
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Road Shoes (From Top)
Puma Complete Tenos III
This flashy silver slipper ($90; www.puma.com) has a buttery transition from foot strike to push off that will please any roadrunner, but its selling point is its medial support. Overpronators will love the Tenos's stability on the inside of the foot, where dual-density EVA foam keeps your weebles from wobbling.
Nike Air Max 360
Almost 20 years after the introduction of visible air-cushioning in the heel, the spanking-new Air Max 360 ($160; www.nike.com) looks rad and runs even better. It's lighter, springier, and more durable than previous models because Nike figured out how to substitute air for foam, which can break down rapidly throughout the entire midsole.
Pearl Izumi Shine
Critics of Pearl Izumi's early shoes complained about unresponsive midsoles, but the new Shine ($85; www.pearlizumi.com) feels practically alive. Built for lightweight, neutral runners, it has a smooth, seamless upper and
a generous last that can accommodate a wider foot.
Saucony Grid Fastwitch 2 Endurance
The shoemaker wants its Fastwitch 2 Endurance ($85; www.saucony.com) to be all things: light yet strong, thin yet supportive. And guess what? It is. Although more of a racing flat than a trainer, this speedster weighs just under nine ounces (men's size 10.5) and still offers a cushiony EVA midsole and medial shank.
Pick up the March 2006 issue for more secrets of the Southwest, nine Caribbean adventures, the best gear for runners, and our World Class outfitter trips.