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Best in Test 2017 : Trail Shoes

There has been plenty of new and updated Trail shoes this last year and thinning the list down to a handful of contenders has been tough enough. Sometimes trail footwear has to be so much more than just a shoe for the rough and ready, it also has to be robust and something that can be taken for short periods ‘off trail’. Some are designed for rocky conditions, others for muddy trails and others for longer runs so comfort becoming an increasingly important factor.  The cross over in-fact could be deemed a mind field and time spent deciding on the type of trail shoe you want for the conditions you run over is probably key to a final selection, along with fit and comfort.
One shoe that is not in the mix, yet year after year just keeps on performing is the Saucony Peregrine. The update this year was less radical, yet it is a very popular shoe and is well worth adding to any list of shoes to look at. 2018 sees this iconic shoe get a real update and we are looking forward to getting our feet in a pair.

Inov-8 Roclite 290
Effectively a brand new shoe in early 2017 and one we were very excited about.  It did not let us down either as it is a mighty fine shoe.
– Lightweight and responsive, fast feeling
– Stunning grip over rocky and multi terrain
– META-SHANK provides additional protection against sharp rocks
– Probably the best all rounder on test
For more information Men’s >>  Women’s >>

Inov-8 X-Claw 275
Although the X-Claw was introduced later in the second half of 2016 it was a while before we could get out and test them. It was a surprisingly versatile shoe and a very definite contender.
– Superb across mixed terrain, trail to fell over longer distances
– Great cushioning and protection especially over knarly trails
– Best in Test for grip, open ground to wet rock
– Lightweight flexibility
For more information Men’s >>  Women’s >>

Scott Supertrac RC Shoe
OK, described as a mountain racing shoe yet quite a few have taken to the Kinabalu RC as a training shoe. A brand new design concept for 2017.
– New radial designed outer lugs for multi surface traction, dry or wet
– Lightweight with a stable platform
– Protective yet responsive
– Shorter to longer distance mountain and trail running
For more information Men’s >>  Women’s >>

Altra Zero Lone Peak 3.5
The only shoe here that is a definite update as opposed to being either a new shoe or a radical change. It is also the only zero drop shoe that made the cut.
– High cushioned and protective shoe
– Grip designed for dryer trails to wet harder-packed surfaces
– New and upgraded mesh upper for durability
– Footshaped toe box which is designed to enhance natural movement
For more information: Men’s >>  Women’s >>

So the Best in Test 2017 Trail Running is…

The Scott Supertrac RC!
The reason, it is a brand new shoe. It is pretty radical in design with a no sew construction to the upper and they have stood the test in the harsh soil environment of the Peak District. The grip, which is so important, just works. OK against some of the competition here it is not an out and out mud-grip shoe, yet it copes very well and on rock no question.
The drop is right where you want this type of shoe to be, at 5mm. Cushioning and protection are again sitting right in the sweet spot, not too much and likewise not too little.  All ideal for shorter to longer racing over mountain and Peak District Terrain.
They have certainly proved to be a popular shoe with many coming back for a second pair and are also demanded by our own runners in Team Accelerate, for everything from Skyrunning to local fell races.

Full Review Here >>

About Run Stu

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