Best Trail Running Shoes?
Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:12 PM
I've done road runing for the past 2 years and normally wear ASICS as it seems to be the best fit for me and wider for my feet.
Looking to do more trails this year and would like you know what you guys all use?
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 05:27 PM
Way to Go,
Trails are heaps of fun and at least you have got the right mind set. Personally I have
1) a pair of Brooks Trail Blades which are really the bottom of the line trail shoe for Brooks; the under sole rubber grip starting to fall off after 300km of very hard work.
2) a pair of Salomon XD Ultra XD also cheap for the prices but just so comfortable and secure (has a special lace up system).
Like everything else in this world, you get what you pay for, but for what my 2 cents is worth, I would check Salomon's range, which are usually a lot heavier than your normal running shoe.
Everyone' s different so you are best taking the time and money to find your own preference.
You might also like to check out a pair of gaters to keep your lower legs from getting shreaded. Good luck, merry shopping and Enjoy your runs. wj
Posted 18 June 2012 - 05:31 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:22 PM
If Asics work well for you, a good starting point would be their Trabuco. I had a pair of those a couple of years ago and they served me well; pretty durable as well, they're still my gardening shoes, get pretty rough treatment and are still in one piece. I suppose one nice thing about them is that they're ok on road also which makes them more versatile (if not as 'high performance') than some more trail-specific shoes.
As well as what fits you, also have a think about what kind of trails you're likely to spend time on. If it's well maintained fire trail you certainly don't 'need' a trail shoe, but if you want to go explore lots of technical trails then something with grip and more protection could come in handy.
My advice would be not to go out and blow $$ straight away. Just use your road shoes for a bit (maybe an older pair if you're worried about beating them up). Then see what it is you think you want out of a trail shoe: grip, cushion (or less cushion so you feel closer to the trail and more responsive), protection like a toe bumper or not, something that drains well, etc...
Some of the more protective shoes can be pretty stiff and heavy, gotta find a balance that works for you.
I'm currently running in Inov8 Roclite 295s and loving them. Better fit for me than Salomons. Liked the Wings I had before, but they were too wide for my narrow midfoot and a stitched seam rubbed on the front of the arch.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 08:12 PM
Brooks Cascades are great - otherwise just run in your normal shoes and be careful in the mud - I run in five finger shoes and watch out for the sharper stones
Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:29 PM
190s are great for shorter distances (say up to 20km)
If going longer then try the 212 or 285.
I just got a pair of the 190s from FastGear delivered for $105.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:30 PM
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:39 AM
I'm quite impressed with Nike Pegasus Trails. The soles seem hardwearing and grippy, the uppers drain well and are breathable, and they're in lairy colours. Nike are available in extra wide fittings too, so they're good for paddlefoots like me.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:14 PM
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:32 AM
Sounds like they certainly aren't. It's a shame when a a shoe company keeps tweaking a design till they kill it. They were never super-technical shoes, but solidly built and good for road/trail crossover or straightforward hard-packed fire trail. If I remember right, photos of Andrew Lee winning 6ft in 2011 showed him wearing a pair. But sounds like successive models have gone downhill.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:38 PM
I second that! No chance of twisting your ankle when it's 5 mm off the ground! I can thoroughly recommend the Vibram Spyridon for the gnarly stuff. Just finished TNF100 in them with no blisters or issues whatsoever
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