> It appears that the article was written with an apparent bias. And with the wide feet
> in the line-up, that left them with a significantly smaller set of shoes to review.
> I can understand the bias since trail runners are just more comfortable to wear.
> I didn't see a lot of familiar brands included - brands like Merrill, Danner,
> Cabelas', LL Bean, Vasque etc.
Both comments are correct, BUT ...
The bias was entirely due to the fact that all of us in the review have (very) wide feet. No matter what anyone wants in a review, I am not going to wear shoes which are too narrow for my feet. Been there in the past, done that, had the agony. Never again.
Yes, we did check many many brands which advertised themselves as wide (and many more which simply did not say how wide they are), and generally all the missing brands people have been mentioning were no more than a D width. It would seem that only companies of the size of New Balance are willing to make their shoes in multiple widths. Well, we take what we can get.