Spark GTX

Spark GTX

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McCarthy, Chris

Determined to spend as few tortuous days running on a treadmill as possible this winter, I needed a good cold-weather running shoe. I also wanted a shoe that was water resistant yet breathable, and provided stable footing for changing conditions. After some research, I grabbed a pair of Scarpa Spark GTX trail-runners. The upper portion is a combination of leather and polyester mesh lined with Gore-Tex, creating a breathable, water-resistant shoe. The sole and heel are extremely stiff and provide great stability in changing terrain. I was concerned about sizing, as past Scarpa models have run large for me; but I found the sizing true, providing a snug fit and minimizing my foot pushing forward on downhills. Unlike most other trail shoes I’ve used, the Spark does need to be broken in, and took about four good runs to become comfortable. $149; scarpa.com

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