With a closed mesh upper and beefy outsole, this is a rugged-looking trail shoe that lives up to its looks. But this neutral trail cruiser also serves up a buttery smooth and very natural ride, too. Our wear-testers felt stable and supported when running at faster speeds on rockier terrain, and raved about the comfort when running slowly or cruising on smooth ribbons of dirt. Comfort ranks high too, as the soft, padded tongue and heel collar envelops your feet and the almost-seamless interior feels sock-like. The Nomad’s fit is boxy with ample room in the toe box, but it kept feet plenty secure without letting heels slip (though the laces require some fiddling). The sticky rubber outsole has an innovative diamond-shaped grid pattern that adapts for various changes in mildy technical terrain—it reliably grabbed wet trails and didn’t feel like overkill on smooth trails or even pavement. However, the Nomad lacks a rock plate so running on terrain with sharp, jagged rocks for long periods of time isn’t in this shoe’s wheelhouse. Still, it’s a unique all-around shoe with a stable, uninhibited ride that is fairly versatile for most trail running applications.
This shoe is for you if … You seek a versatile, rugged daily trainer for mild to moderately technical trails.
Weights: 9.2 oz. (men), 8.1 oz. (women)
Heel-toe Offset: 4mm; 22mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)