Tarantula —Tecnica

Tarantula —Tecnica

Schwehr, Darren
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With the Tarantula, Tecnica’s latest lightweight trail-running shoe, humankind may be one step closer to attaining the grace and agility of a gazelle outrunning a lion—at least that’s how it feels with these rockets on your feet. The exaggerated curvature of the sole is the trademark of the Tecnica Rolling System, which aides in transferring energy from heel to toe during each step and provides better propulsion onto the other foot. My increased sure-footedness produced a smoother stride and a growing sense of fearlessness in charging muddy, rock-laden downhills. Another feature I find impressive is the one-piece, sock-like construction, which allows the shoe to better conform to the foot. The Ortholite insoles dry quickly, which is essential for summer stream crossings. Available at Round House and Big Sky Sports. $115; tecnicausa.com.

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