La Sportiva Kaptiva Trail Shoes
More than just a trail running shoe, the Kaptiva can cope with most of what the UK hills can throw at it, says Bridget Collier.
Saurus is an all new trail running shoe which excels on off-road footpaths and routes which feature a mix of hard paved surfaces and softer off-road terrain.
There's plenty of underfoot cushioning to soak up the miles on hard surfaces thanks to dual density EVA layers in the sole unit and a plush Ortholite footbed . You'll also find excellent grip on soft and loose surfaces too thanks to Vibram T-trail outsole which features well-spaced lugs and sticky MEGAGRIP rubber.
A 15mm stack height at the forefoot and 25mm at the heel makes for a great balance between cushioning and stability. The resulting 10mm drop combined with the pronounced 'rolled' shape to the heel area makes for a highly efficient and smooth ride that's ideal for distance trail running.
The synthetic mesh and microfiber uppers have been designed for low weight whilst retaining rugged durability. Keen eyes may notice that the flex point is constructed from a panel of the special ultra-tough polyamide textile normally used on mountaineering boots thus providing maximum durability in this key wear zone.
Inside, the PU AirNet lining ensures great comfort and breathability and the one-piece integrated tongue design gives this shoe a superb smooth and sock-like, foot-wrapping fit. At the rear an external TPU 'cradle' provides welcome added stability to the heel fit.
The outsole features the innovative and patented ITR (Integrated Toe Rand) construction in which the outsole and toe-cap are made in one piece without any glued join, thereby completely eliminating the all too common problem of the toe cap coming unglued over time.
SIZES: 6-12 U.K (men's) and 4-8 U.K (women's).
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