I'm in Portland, OR for the summer, so I wanted a decent trail running shoe that could get me up and down trails in the Gorge and around Forest Park. I've had these puppies for a few weeks and have taken them on a half dozen trail runs and I love them. These are great on trails with lots of rocks and roots - enough cushion to protect your feet but not so much that it feels like you're rocking platform shoes. If you're not into the barefoot craze on trails with jagged rocks, these are great. The toe is roomy enough that your toes aren't getting all jammed up coming down steep trails too. I'm a big fan.