I absolutely love this sneaker. I was looking for a nice shoe to take out on the road as well as the trail and found great balance with these. If you're only going to encounter smoother trails and maybe a few hills, then these will be an awesome alternative that work great on the roads, too. If you need support and are going to be on a more rugged trail, then check out the Sabino and Mountain Masochist. Otherwise, give these a shot. Very "cushy" for a trail runner. . .