SANTA BARBARA – Trail-running shoes are available in nearly every shoe store, sporting-goods store or outdoors shop. Some of the top models on the market: Asolo’s Moab XCR for men and Lightning XCR for women are meant for hardcore runners seeking top-notch performance. A very stable shoe, this trail-runner has a wider sole that results in great stability. It holds the foot in place well, has excellent traction on the sole, and holds up in snow, ice, mud, water and any other hazard Mother Nature provides. Info: www.asolousa.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Asics, long a supplier of well-made running shoes, has the Gel-Trail Attack II, which runs $80 and has the feel of a traditional running shoe yet does a great job absorbing rocks, pebbles, branches and other obstacles. The shoe has great mobility, protection and comfort, is available in men’s and women’s sizes, and offers a wider platform for better balance. Info: www.asicsamerica.com. Merrell is a worldwide leader in footwear, and its men’s and women’s Pursuit Shield Gore Tex XCR ($120) is sure to be well-received. This highly breathable shoe isn’t the lightest on the market, but the added weight gives runners the confidence to run through streams, over rocks, in mud and in any other situation. It’s waterproof and offers the utmost stability, comfortable, superb traction and top-notch mobility. Can double as a hiking shoe. Info: www.merrell.com. Brooks Sports makes two trail-runners – the Cascadia Pivot ($90) and Adrenaline ASR ($95) – that feel like a traditional running shoe when in full stride. These shoes don’t stray much from shoes made for concrete or pavement, yet they have the perfect design for trail-runners. Lightweight, with a great sole and excellent traction, these are a must for trail runners who don’t want to feel like they are running in hiking boots. In men’s and women;s sizes. Info: www.brooksrunning.com. – Chris Shaffer TEVA is the leader in water sandals, but the X-1C ($90) shows they also are a big player in the trail-runner market. The X-1C compliments the X-1 and might possibly be the lightest trail-runner on the market. Available in late January, the shoe weighs 10 ounces, has excellent support, and its lightweight complexion enables runners to run longer. Providing the right blend of cushioning and flexibility, the X-1C is the perfect shoe for folks that like to hit the trail without feeling like they have bricks on their feet. Available in men’s and women’s sizes. Info: www.teva.com. Salomon’s men’s XA Pro 3D XCR ($120) is a great multipurpose running shoe. The boot is a perfect tool for hikers who want to shed weight, yet it’s also ideal for runners looking to cross streams, conquer rocks, dirt, mud or any other trail condition. The advance chassis system within the shoe makes it ideal for a 10-mile run with varying terrain, a quick jaunt in the coastal mountains or a short trek through the park. Info: www.salomon-sports.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!