By Abbie Digel Staff Writer

Scarpa is known for climbing and mountaineering footwear, but its 2012 line of trail runners is perfect for seasoned runners looking to take to the hills. Best for technical environments, the Spark ($115) offers the right amount of protection from sharp objects on the trail, excellent traction, and plenty of mid-sole cushioning. At just 232 grams per shoe, the Spark’s ‘mountain minimalist’ design is a good segue to barefoot running. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.