I was on vacation and I went to my local REI on Monday and looked at many shoes, amoung them, the Montrail Rogue Racer and Sabino, Salomon XA Comp 5 and XA Pro 3D Ultra 2, Vasque Mindbender, Saucony Peregrine, and at another store New Balance MT101, Brooks Cascadia 6, and Asics Gel Trail Sensor 4. I actually tried on the Salomon XA Comp 5 and the Vasque Mindbender. I didn't care for the Mindbender. It runs a half size big. It does not cradle the foot fully and did not feel very reassuring, similar to the Brooks Cascadia 6. It does have a huge toe box if you need that. I liked the Asics Gel Trail Sensor 4 because it fit very well. It fully cradled my foot, breathed decently, and had good support. I decided against it though because of the gel on recommendation of a friend who's in the know. I also tried on the Salomon XA Comp 5. Really liked that shoe for the opposite reasons I did not like the Mindbender and Cascadia. It was like the Trail Sensor 4 and maybe a bit more stable. So, I'm down to the Salomon XA Comp 5 and may decide to buy a pair of Inov8 315s and choose the winner from those two. (No local Inov8 dealer, so I cannot try them on)
Does anyone have other shoe recommendations? I think I'm about there but would be glad to hear any other suggestions. I'm not ready to go to a minimal shoe, but I definitely want to go lighter. As I mentioned in another thread, the Salomon XA Comp 5 is half the weight of the Breeze boot I am currently wearing. -Also, I wanted to note that I have avoided shoes with Gortex. It makes them heavier and hotter. Two things I don't need. I want cool comfy feet on the trail.