Pictured are three friends every nordic skier should have in fall training. In order, they are the Salomon XT Wing (men's pictured), the Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra (women's pictured) and the Salomon Speed Cross 2 (unisex shoe). All three shoes provide ample stability without sacrficing cushion. Gear West's own Brodie Rau will run nothing but the XT Wing on trails. He claims, "It's the Hum-Vee of trail shoes providing great stability on the most uneven of terrain. This thing is the Michael Phelps of the trail running world. It conquers anything you put infront of it!"
Not quite ready for a full on assualt of roots, rocks and the occasional frog? Opt for the lighter XA Pro 3D Ultra. Made for attacking the trails with vigor and meaness. Light, fast, and stable. This shoe offers a bit more stability, but there is still great cushioning.
Want a minimalists approach to your running? Try the Speed Cross 2. It's Salomon's answer to the trail runner who loves nothing more than beating his/her's personal running interval bests. This shoe will climb the hills and mountains you put in front of it. It eats up the hills and turns them into a pile of gravel. Light weight, great cushion, and non-stoppable. The Speed Cross 2 is the lightest trail shoe Salomon has.
All three shoes are designed for most types of runners, but does favor those needing a shoe to help with pronation issues.
Stop by Gear West, or check 'em out at http://www.gearwest.com/, to try these shoes out. Your feet will be glad you did. On quiet days, you can almost hear the shoes begging to be taken to the limits of mud, climbing, and poor critters in the way.