For years, Brooks offered a couple of trail shoes aimed at training and longer adventure-oriented runs on all types of terrain, but it didn’t have a true speed merchant intended for fast racing. That all changes with the Mazama, which is part trail shoe, part bad-ass rally car. It’s a stable-riding shoe that serves up amazing proprioceptive “feel” for the trail while still having enough foam and protection (including a forefoot plate) against roots, rocks and other obstacles. An interior booty keeps the foot locked down and the tongue in place, while the exterior mesh is durable enough to handle the trails. It’s light, agile and energetic, yet it’s willing to be a true mountain mauler in short doses. It doesn’t have heaps of cushioning, but it has enough. The sticky rubber bi-directional outsole offers great traction and allows this shoe to be versatile enough to tackle just about any kind of terrain from roads to gnarly technical rocky routes. Overall, it was the hands-down favorite of our wear-testers.
This is the shoe for you if … you’re looking for a fast, smooth-riding shoe for all types of terrain
Weights: 9.2 oz. (men’s), 7.7 oz. (women’s)
Heel-Toe Offset: 6mm; 23mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)