Nike Air Teocalli III GTX
Use: trail running in spring and winter
Break-in Period: had them for a year and they still aren't
Weight: a lot
Price Paid: $90
This shoe is heavy and the Gore-tex makes it resist water and cold conditions. However, the same fabric that helps keep water out also keeps water in if you step in a puddle or swamp and the water level goes over the top of the ankle.
The bottom line ... water that goes in the shoe stays in the shoe and I have gone on numerous runs where I felt like I was wearing a pair of buckets on my feet. The extra weight made for a good workout, but its a major drawback.
Wear them in the winter and shelve them in the spring.
They are virtual foot sauna in the summer and unless you want to steam-cook your toes I would avoid them if the temps are over 60.
The tread is decent for regular trail runs, but they are stiff as hell and crimp your foot.
Break-in Period: 1/2 week
Price Paid: $49
Great running shoes, which at the Nike factory outlet were a great price. No, they are not the lightest made, but my feet are so comfortable in them in all weather. Nice and warm this past winter and have been comfortable in 80+ degree weather. I use them to run (usually on grass rather then trail). I stay dry (my feet anyway) even when it's wet out.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Life is too short to weather your winters indoors. Nike's Air Teocalli III GTX features a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex XCR membrane that keeps your feet dry and comfortable in rain, sleet and even a couple of inches of snow. The durable upper consists of leather and textile fabric layers for better weather protection than those mesh-panel trail running designs, but if even if you soak through everything you'll find that the Gore-Tex XCR membrane keeps the moisture out (we recommend using a waterproof and breathable gaiter for snowfall accumulations that top your ankles). Underneath the Air Teocalli III is Nike's special All-Trac winter tread with a combination of hard and soft lugs for traction on icy and wet surfaces. An Air-Sole unit in the heel adds a little cushion for those long treks across unyielding hardpack snow and ice. The Air Teocalli III GTX shoe is also excellent for snowshoeing--but verify your snowshoe binding design before you make the purchase.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version