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Leave the tank-like trail running shoes behind and forge up the singletrack in the lightweight, minimalist Patagonia Women's Fore Runner Evo Trail Running Shoe. Built close to the ground with a low-drop profile and semi-curved last, the Fore Runner Evo gives you a catlike feel for the trail and enables a nimble, low-impact forefoot-strike style.

  • Breathable air mesh and microfiber upper wicks moisture and offers durable protection
  • Dri-Lex lining and footbed cover offers moisture control and temperature regulation, and are treated with Aegis of prevent odors
  • Drainage ports in upper allow water to escape after a wet stream crossing
  • Perforated anatomical footbed is made from EVA that molds to your foot over time
  • EVA midsole includes a heel air cushion that centers the foot, EVA forefoot shock plate to distribute pressure, and a nylon shank for medium arch support
  • 4mm heel/toe drop encourages forefoot-strike running and offers a stable, close-to-the-ground feel
  • Leather toe bumper shields your foot from rocks and debris in the trail
  • Reflective webbing and heel enhance your visibility in low light
  • Multi-density sticky rubber outsole with 3.5mm lugs provides 360-degree wet/dry traction
  • Patagonia offers the following comfort ratings (out of 10 maximum): flexibility, 7; forefoot cushioning, 3; rearfoot cushioning, 4
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Super comfy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

My second pair of Patagonia trail running sneakers. My first pair lasted through 6 months of backpacking and 3 years of normal play. I decided to purchase a new pair after I started playing rugby on a muddy field in them. But they're still going strong, the tread is a bit worn at the palms.

This pair is great. I ordered a 1/2 size smaller because that's all that there was, they were tight at first. Broke them in on an elliptical. After 4 hrs at the gym they were fine. Very light weight and comfortable. I've worn wool socks hiking and cotton socks running with them. Both great. Patagonia sneakers last. They breathe, have great treads and don't fall apart no matter how hard you play. Always worth every dollar

More minimalist than traditional.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm a fan of Patagonia shoes, owning three pairs of the Tsali trail running shoes. They fit my feet well, but I thought I'd try something a little different so I ordered a pair of these.

I wear a 6.5 in the Tsali so that's what I ordered in these, but the fit was weird. The length was right, but there was extra room in both the heel cup and toe box. I also have had issues with plantar fasciitis in the past, and these shoes made that flare up as a result of not enough arch support (I don't have super high arches, but I don't have flat feet either; pretty average.).

In the picture, they look similar to the Tsali, but there is definitely much less material between your foot and the ground with these; I'll reiterate that they truly are more of a minimalist shoe. Since these are sort of advertised as being the next step up from regular trail shoes towards a more minimalist-style shoe (at least moreso than the Evermore model which is lighter than these), I thought it wouldn't be too drastic but for my feet that's what it turned out to be. I like the design of them, but they just couldn't work for me and I ended up returning them.