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Jump-start your routine with the latest spring-training gear.
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Asics Gel-Eagle Trail V
Our first choice when there's a mile or two of pavement before the trail, the Gel-Eagle Trail V ($100; moves as smoothly from road to dirt as it does from heel to toe. Along with padding that boings more than most off-road dogs, the new V includes an improved water-resistant upper and
an unbeatable heel-stabilizing lace system.
New Balance 907
When trail running means roots and rocks rather than sandy bridle paths, New Balance's 907 ($100; excels. A Sherman tank among the new crop of lightweight trail shoes, the 907 merges traditional elements like a protective forefoot plate, pronation control, padding in the heel and forefoot, and an aggressive tread pattern, resulting in a shoe that's old school and proud of it.
The Highlander ($85; is designed for "fell running"—a type of cross-country death-scramble currently popular in the U.K.—which means that it's sparsely padded and designed to be quick and light. Best for lower mileage on wood-chip tracks, its elfin nature means less support than a traditional trail runner.
Salomon XA Pro 3D
There's little new about the frame of the XA Pro 3D ($100;, but so what? While trendy technology flits past, Salomon's proven comfort, fit, and durability let you rack up big mileage for many moons. The one-pull lacing is terrific, and the triple-density EVA midsole can take oodles of punishment.
Adidas CC Cardrona
Out with the bad air, in with the good: The CC Cardrona ($85; has more ventilation than a screened porch. All that air-conditioning means the Cardrona doesn't secure your foot as well as it could. But with openings everywhere (even under the foot), the shoe keeps you cool and comfortable.

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