Trail Running Shoes
Are you a trail junkie or a beginner to the world of the rough terrains, pipe tracks and boulders? Off-road running can be a spiritual affair, therapeutic and a humbling experience. With summer days approaching trail running is a great way to soak up the sun and break a sweat.
Anyone can become a trail runner with the help of a good pair of trail running shoes.
5 tips to choosing the best trail running shoe
Tip 1: Gait Analysis
Just like road running, you need to analyse what you need from a shoe according to your running style. For expert running shoe advice head over to our run labs, where our experts can assess your gait to find the right shoe for you. Alternatively if you already know your foot pronation, use our shoe finder tool to find a trail shoe for you.
Tip 2: What type of trails do you plan to run?
Light trail consists of surfaces such as gravel paths, rolling hills and fire roads.
Shoes to consider:
– Lightweight design
– Moderately stiff builds for stable foot placement
– Modest protection from rocks
Rugged trail consists mostly of hiking trails, rocky, muddy and soft terrain.
Shoes to consider:
– Toe guards and protection underfoot from rocks and roots
– Multidirectional thick lugs for traction
– Resilient midsole cushioning
Tip 3: Trail Running Shoe Fit & Feel
Trail shoes should fit snug around your midfoot area and secure around the heel to avoid slipping. However, you still need room in the forefoot to allow for direction change on those switchbacks and the inevitable toe stubbing now and then.
Tip 4: Cushioning & Comfort Preference
Cushioning depends on how much protection you want under your foot as you blaze through the trails. Less cushioning allows you to be more aggressive on the trails at greater speeds whereas more cushioning will help reduce impact on your body. To gauge the level of cushioning, thick midsole trail running shoes consists of Brooks Caldera and Hoka One One. Less cushioning shoes consists of Saucony Peregrine and Brooks Pure Grit and between New Balance Summit.
Tip 5: Price vs Quality
The most expensive trail shoe is not always the best shoe or the one for you. The attributes of a trail running shoe and your trail running goals is an important factor to consider when purchasing the best suited trail shoe for you.