TrekSta Sync, $125
10.9 oz.; 9.5 oz.
Fit: A beefy foam collar promotes a secure heel feel, with the cinched down feeling continuing through the midfoot and opening to a wider toe box.
Feel: TrekSta promotes the “nest fit” of this shoe, meaning it’s been designed to cradle and hold the shape of your foot. Translation — it feels like it has a built-in orthotic (both with and without the insole liner). Some testers were fanatical about the sensation, but those preferring less structure were not.
Ride: How this shoe ran depended on whether or not testers liked the feel. The positive camp was excited to experience the low-riding feel of a 4mm, more to minimalistic shoe, with the added benefit of solid support, dual-density midsole and some extra spring from forefoot pods. “The ‘nest fit’ takes the pressure off my arch and allows for a more stable footfall and still allows for a neutral position.” Naysayers said the ride felt flat and the forefoot pods felt like, “funny bump under the ball of my foot.”