The Raid Sport is the little brother of the Raid Race
, and for most runners, its a better shoe. Thats because while its less protective, stable and durable than the Raid Race, its lighter, more flexible and more nimble. It has an EVA midsole, rather than the tougher polyurethane of the Raid Race, and instead of a plastic chassis to provide stability and underfoot protection, it simply uses an underfoot mesh to protect against stone bruising.
Still, while the Raid Sport is fairly light and smooth (and it has a nice roomy toe-box), its not a head-to-head alternative to a good normal trail shoe. Thats for two reasons: its bulkier than normal under the rearfoot, and its grip is moderate in mud.
If you want a fairly protective shoe for gravel roads and rocky ground, but not for slippery mud, the Raid Sport is a well-thought-out, midweight option. Its good for continental-style trail races, but its not a fast running shoe.
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Salomon Raid Race (£80); Montrail Leona Divide (£60); New Balance 804 (£60)