First...what about those winter running recommendations?
Any recommendations for trail shoes for winter trail running in Michigan? The lighter the better but I hate cold feet.
A Reader (name withheld)
Sure! For me the Saucony Peregrine is a great winter bet. Very aggressive outsole for snow, still comes in under 10 ounces. I wore a pair for a trail marathon and for a 50k this summer. Buy a half size up for warm socks and you'll be set. They are a 4mm drop shoe, but they have plenty of cushion for a heel strike, midfoot strike, or a forefoot strike gait. They are also somewhat water resistant. You could also look up the Saucony Outlaw, which is exactly the same, but is a high top for keeping debris put and protecting the ankles.
Also consider the Vivobarefoot Neo Trail if you want a minimalist shoe, very aggressive outsole.
Finally, if you want something with a traditional heel, look at Salomon. The Speedcross 3 has a very snow-friendly outsole (edit: there is also a snow and ice version called the Spikecross 3 CS).
I hope this helps! I always "window shop" at Running Warehouse for ideas as well. They do great pictures and descriptions. www.runningwarehouse.com
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