You’re up against a lot in the trails – rain, mud, grime, pebbles, loose rock and the stray fear of getting lost on your way back home. While good GPS backup should take care of the last, there’s nothing like a pair of sturdy, well-fitted trail shoes to complement an invigorating run in the wilds. We bring you a roundup of some of the best trail running shoes of the year so far, that you can put on when running outdoors with FirstRun and our in-app coach Gul Panag.
Adidas Terrex Boost
Designed to move swiftly over rough terrain, the shoe’s Boost midsole returns energy to the legs, while the supple EVA frame helps keep the pace up. The Continental Rubber sole sticks to roadside distractions like rocks, roots and dirt and keeps you steady through the run. The shoe is designed for neutral to mild pronators, and comes with a Pro-Modernator medial arch support to ensure flat and consistent foot strikes. With the glove-like fit and lightweight cushioning throughout, it takes care of pretty much all your trail concerns.
This pair can thrive in the most extreme conditions, from deep slushy mud-paths to loose and slippery terrain. The uppers are designed to stay securely attached to the foot and prevent any debris from getting in through a closed-mesh construction, which also makes cleaning them really simple. The FujiRunnegade his minimally cushioned and keeps you close to the trail, while the oversized lugs on the sole bite straight into the dirt.
LA Sportiva Mutant
This powerful pair by La Sportiva features an aggressive, sticky-rubber tread that has you confidently flying through mud, slick surfaces and technical mountain trails. The abrasion-resistant upper protects the foot from all sides, the Fusiongate lacing system provides support around the midfoot for a secure fit, and the incredible mono-wrap Spyral Tongue construction serves to keep the debris out of your feet.
Topo Athletic RunVenture
A solid and comfortable pair, the Topo Athletic RunVenture provides protection in rough terrain and outstanding comfort for long trail days. It features a strong abrasion resistant mesh that protects the upper while a molded TPU midsole plate and 19 mm platform provide plating protection without sacrificing ground feel. The multi-directional lugged outsole offers traction over a variety of surfaces.
Main image: www.naturalbornrunners.nl