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I ordered these on a whim when my size was on clearance and I'm so glad I did. I am typically a size 6 in most running shoes (Adidas Tempo & Adios, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak), occasionally a size 6.5 (Altra Intuition, Saucony A5), and the 6 in these fit me well. I've got about 75 miles on them so far, and I'm loving them for packed dirt/sand/rocky trails in SoCal foothills/high desert. They've been great on gravel, too. Luggy enough that you don't slip, but enough cushion if you need to run on a little bit of pavement to get to the trail. No breaking in necessary: my first run in them was 12.5 miles on hilly trails with no discomfort or hot spots. I liked them so much I ordered the road version. Currently in my trail rotation is the Adidas XT4, Mizuno Wave Ascend, Altra Lone Peak and now this shoe. Since buying these, I find myself choosing the Lone Peak & N1 the most often.
Pre-run report- I sized up half a size. Comparing to other Sauconys I've worn: I was a 6 in the original Mirage and the ProGrid Omni 9, a 6.5 in the Grid Type A5, and a 6.5 was a good fit in this style as well. Sizing up to a 6.5 leaves me with that recommended 1 thumb's worth of space between my big toe and the end of the shoe.
Citron & Pink Women's A5
Altra's tips for transitioning from traditional footwear to their zero drop shoes.
Like others have said, the chocolate (and peanut butter) gets a little melty on hot days. I've tried Mountain Mix, Peanut Butter Pretzel and Chocolate Almond Coconut. I like these for day hikes and to hold me over between trips to the lodge while downhill skiing. Maybe a little less filling than the original Clifbar, but I prefer the taste of these. I would gladly eat one of these as a mid-day snack during the work week if I forgot to pack my lunch.