/ Bewildered by shoe choices
I'm a newbie as far as trail running goes and rather bewildered by the range of shoes on offer (along with all the marketing guff).
I have pairs of Inov-8s (Mudclaws) and LaSportivas (Helios) but neither seem that great on wet rock or offer much in the way of protection from pointy bits.
As a yardstick, I ran around the Snowdon horseshoe in the wet on Saturday in my Helios' and found Crib Goch rather insecure in the wet and dinged the soles of my feet a couple of times - not sure if there is something that is appreciably better our there for this kind of thing...
+ most of my runs are in the 10-25km range and I'm unlikely to do anything prefixed with 'ultra'
Ones I have liked for wet rock and mud are addidas terrex, inov8 roclite and Altra MT king.
If its grip on wet rock - VJ Sport iRocks - nothing comes close to them.
Back in the day there was just Walsh's.
> Back in the day there was just Walsh's.
Still class, so I'm told.
Sadly, wet Rock is slippery.
I like Salomon's or Inov8's. I'm not sure this is of any use to anyone. I'm just bellowing my personal biases into the void.
Inov-8 s now have graphene soles which have great reviews for stickiness on wet rock
Overall, things to think about are heel drop, toe box size, width, cushioning vs responsiveness and grip; all in the context of the type and length of running that you do. If you run over mixed terrain or for long distances, there will be compromises to consider. E.g. on marathon + distances I sacrifice responsiveness and grippiness in favour of cushioning
By far the best thing to do is to visit a knowledgable shop that offer advise and look at how you run in different shoes. Many shops also offer trial runs with certain brands
don't the terrex weigh a ton?
Most are fine, see what fits.
Walsh's, saucony peregrines (I love them but don't last well), inov8 (very variable build quality over the years).
Just try loads on and see.
No, there are loads of different ones in the terrex range. I have some super lightweight ones
La Sportiva Mutants are unbeatable on rock. great grip but are pretty rubbish on scree once the studs have worn down a bit.
I use VJ sport xtreme there fantastic
I use the Adidas Kanadias and they're bomb proof. Done nearly 300 miles in my current pair and (apart from being very muddy) are as good as the day I got them. No idea how they stack up weightwise to anything similar from the other manufacturers but I don't think I've ever seen a forum/social media post about them falling to bits after a handful of runs..
A friend here uses VJs and loves them, I might try them.
I might try them, I still have salmings which last well but I'm not a huge fan of them.
I had a couple of pairs of Salomon Speedcross before I decided to change because of their lack of grip on wet rock/cobbles. Someone recommended Hoka Speedgoat and I’ve now been through about 6 pairs. For me, they offer great grip on wet rock and protection for soles of my feet..
> La Sportiva Mutants are unbeatable on rock. great grip but are pretty rubbish on scree once the studs have worn down a bit.
To quote OP, ‘am bewildered’ by the choice of Sportiva trail shoes. How do you narrow down which model to go for? Wondering if I might try a pair, but not sure what to go for!
(apologies for thread hijack...)
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