At the top of Nike's Storm range sits the Crested Butte. Its Gore-Tex upper is designed to protect your feet from anything the elements decide to throw at you. This year's upper is lighter than that previously used, so it provides a snug, warm feel in cold conditions, but shouldn't get as hot when the weather is milder. As with the old Crested Butte
, the low-profile midsole flexes towards the midfoot - fine for neutral runners, but not those with any stability needs - although a more flexible forefoot does ensure a smoother, more responsive ride than before. The upper and midsole point to a tough off-road shoe, but the Crested Butte has never really convinced on the trails, and this version's outsole seems mainly road oriented. A slightly more aggressive version of Nike's waffle-pattern grip, it isn't deeply lugged enough for serious mud scrambling.
Despite its Gore-Tex upper, the Crested Butte isn't an out-and-out trail shoe. Instead it's a rugged road shoe for biomechanically efficient runners, which can cope with some off-roading.
Try it on if you liked Montrail Hurricane Ridge (£90)
; Nike Air Crested Butte (£90); Salomon XA-Pro GTX (£90)