The unpredictability of trail running terrains requires shoes that are up to all kinds of challenges – from loose gravel and slushy mud tracks to sharp ascents and slippery downhills. For our running shoes roundup of the week, we have picked out some incredibly stable trail gear that can master a variety of grounds and conditions, keeping your feet safe and mind focused on the run.
Blaze the trails with the Air Zoom Wildhorse from Nike, which features an ultra-lightweight single-layer mesh upper with an adaptive fit system, that’s built to give the runner enhanced midfoot support. A compression-molded Phylon with Nike Zoom unit in the heel and forefoot, means your forefoot will be more than responsive allowing you to run over uneven trails with ease. Environmentally preferred rubber with sticky rubber center lugs, means traction even on wet surfaces, while the mesh inner sleeve ensures air conditioning for the foot.
Adidas Kanadia TR 7
A versatile trail running shoe, the Kanadia 7 is billed as a high-performance running shoe, despite its lightweight nature. A high-grip Traxion outsole and waterproof mud-guard, which increases your ground penetration, on softer or wet surfaces, while also providing and maximum grip, add points to its durability, while injected EVA midsoles are built to offer greater midfoot support.
Merrell Trail Glove Off-Road
Unbelievably light for that barefoot feel, and minimalist as the name Glove suggests. This shoe forces runners into a forefoot strike, which can be a real boost when running offroad, especially competitively. But foot placement awareness is key, so it’s not for all novice runners. There’s a soft forefoot plate inside the Glove that keeps your toes from bruising thanks to the pebbles and rocks on the road, while the treads and grooves have been designed for dealing with mud and water.
Brooks Ghost 7 GTX
This well-cushioned shoe from Brooks features a the holy trinity of trail running – balance, cushion, and lightweight. With GORE-TEX protection, the shoe is well guarded from the elements, and your feet are likely to be snug through the run. And there’s an added anti-soggy technology for a waterproof, breathable membrane in the upper. An adjustable saddle construction gives runners a unique fit, while the proprietary BioMoGo DNA Midsole provides adaptive cushioning and a heel-to-midfoot segmented crash pad allows smooth transition.
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