Saucony GRID Harrier £69.99

Weight 338g
Evaluation Good news! Trail shoes in general are starting to get really good. Like the quick, responsive New Balance 904, the GRID Harrier has an emphasis on traction and speed. It too places the foot low to the ground for a positive feel, and its grip is good for all but the worst mud. But otherwise the shoes have quite different characters. The Harrier has a softer ride, which makes it more forgiving but gives you a slightly less direct feel for the ground. It’s also built on a much more curved last, which encourages a faster foot movement, and – by encouraging pronation – also has the side-benefit of helping to reduce the risk of sprains. There’s a medial post, but really this serves more to keep the effect of the curved last in check than to add stability – it’s not a shoe for overpronators. In fact, you can think of it as a trail-going version of the GRID Swerve, Saucony’s longstanding racer-trainer. Also of note is the water-repellent upper, which has an unusually narrow forefoot fit for a Saucony shoe.
In short A good option for trail races or faster-paced off-road training, the Harrier scores well on grip and responsiveness. Unless you’re a heavy or unstable runner, it should be on your off-road shortlist.
Try it if you liked Adidas Brahma (£60); Nike Air Terra Albis (£70, discontinued); New Balance RX Terrain (£50)