The new Caldera 5 from Brooks features BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning that's plush on the trail but firm and responsive in changing conditions. Because of the extra cushion, this shoe doesn’t have a rock plate, but so far I’ve had no issues on jagged, rocky terrain. The high midsoles cause it to roll under a bit, but it stabilizes when I adjust the lacing. The sole is not overly aggressive, but provides sticky traction on all trail types. The toebox is roomy and I haven’t jammed toes on steep descents, plus there’s extra toe protection on the upper. The primarily mesh upper is quick-draining, breathable, and flexible. If you wear an ankle gaiter, you’ll appreciate the Velcro gaiter tab on the heel. Available at Bozeman Running Co. and Bob Ward's. $140; brooksrunning.com.