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Gear Review: Patagonia Tsali 2.0 Trail-Running Shoes

Patagonia Tsali 2.0

Trail-Running Shoes
Patagonia Tsali 2.0
$115, 1 lb. 6 oz. (men’s US size 9)
Sizes: men’s 7-12, 13, 14, 15, women’s 5-11
patagonia.com

I keep grabbing these trail-running shoes for gym workouts and trail runs in the Boise Foothills because they’re comfortable, light, and deliver a nice balance of support, stability, and traction. The Tsali’s forefoot padding softens impact while flexing well for running, and the gender-specific footbed ensures a good fit that helps minimize the pounding on your feet. Even on 10-mile runs, my feet and toes don’t feel fatigued or beat up afterward. I’ve never had a blister in these shoes, a testament both to the secure, medium-volume fit in the heel and mid foot (preventing my feet from slipping), good wiggle room for toes, and the stellar breathability of the mesh uppers, keeping my feet dry. The outsole tread gripped well in a variety of trail conditions, including steeper descents on sandy and pebbly, hard-packed dirt where footing can get dicey. Built partly from recycled materials, the Tsali is designed as a neutral, more cushioned trail-running shoe. If you’re like me and prefer an all-around shoe for everyday use—one that’s kind to your feet—the Tsali’s a great choice.

—Michael Lanza

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Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

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