I have been sold on the New Balance 993 for quite a while now but I am in need of a waterproof runing shoe and New Balance does not seem to be able to answer the call.
After years of trial and error I finally got set with the NB 993 however when they get wet they smell like amonia and New Balance can't tell me why. I have even talked to them at the corporate level to no avail. I may end up with a Trail shoe but I was hoping for a true runner.i wouldn't recommend rei... go to a proper running store. i'm sure there's a couple in the portland area. a decent one will be able to answer your questions and do a proper gait analysis.
a good fitting running shoe is gold. maybe think about buying a second pair of what you like for when the other pair is drying.
I bought one of those boot driers at Whistle Workwear. I trail run in the AM, get wet, shoes go on the drier, and they are dry & toasty warm in if I want an evening run as well.I agree with Martyg. Waterproof running shoes make no sense because none can keep the water from running in through the tops that you stick your feet in. Then you have a shoe with water squishing around your feet that cannot drain out. I think you're better off to have a second pair of runners that you alternate wearing and drying.
iagreewithout a doubt - the best waterproof trail running shoes are Solomon. Dont be freaked out by the lacing system - it just works.