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Best Running Shoes for Mud

November 11th, 2013

This runner probably didn't have good shoes for mud. Image: Competitor

With the changing of the seasons comes rain. With rain comes mud. It’s a fact of life that we must live with, but as runners we aren’t about to let a little slop slow us down. Running in muddy conditions can be fun, but it requires some extra consideration when it comes to your shoes, as your choice in footwear can be the difference between actually going on a run and a several mile slip n’ slide.

Before we get into the best running shoes for mud, it’s important to note that running on muddy trails may actually be harmful to the trail, and that more sensitive trails may suffer lasting damage with use in wet conditions. Be sure to know your local trail conditions and when in doubt, stick to the roads during and after any rainy weather.

Shoe Characteristics
The main feature to consider when choosing your muddy run kicks is the outsole. Deep outsole lugs (look for 4-6mm or more) will sink into the mud, anchoring your foot and reducing the likelihood of slipping backwards upon toe-off. Equally important is the spacing of the lugs; lugs positioned farther apart from each other will allow mud to shed off the bottom of the shoe, preventing mud from accumulating on the shoe and weighing you down.

Though less critical, the material of the upper is worth paying attention to. A closed mesh upper, though less breathable than a traditional open mesh, will help keep mud and other debris out of your shoes for a more enjoyable running experience. Also, look for a shoe with a low profile platform (outsole lugs not included), which will bring your foot closer to the ground and offer increased stability over uneven and soft ground.

A Few Mud Masters

  • Inov-8 Mudclaw 265: This shoe, as its name suggests, is intended solely for use in muddy conditions. It features a large, 8mm average lug depth and a synthetic, Ripstop-like closed mesh upper. For those who want a lower and lighter option from Inov-8, the zero-drop Bare-Grip 200 is a good alternative.
  • Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2: Like other S-Lab offerings, the Fellcross 2 is tuned for performance. Salomon’s patented chevron-shaped lugs provide unrelenting grip while a debris-free upper keeps your foot protected from the trail. Another nice option from Salomon is the Fellraiser, designed to perform well over soft ground.
  • La Sportiva Anakonda: Likely the most versatile shoe in this list, the Anakonda features v-shaped lugs that will grip pretty much any terrain, while a forefoot rock plate provides additional protection when the trail transitions from mud to something more technical.
  • New Balance Minimus Trail Zero v2: Though not available until April 2014, the Zero v2 looks to be a good choice for muddy conditions, featuring a low profile midsole and an average lug depth of 6mm.

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Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2 Sneak Peek

March 7th, 2013

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2

Okay all you crazy fell runners and mountaineers – this sneak peek is for you.

Straight from the legendary S-Lab comes the second iteration of the Fellcross, Salomon’s technical and aggressive trail racing shoe. There are minimal changes with this update – slight modifications to the outsole should improve grip but all in all this will be the same shoe as its mountain-slaying predecessor.

What to Watch For

  • Improved Grip: The Fellcross 2 features Salomon’s patented V-shaped lugs for optimal traction over unforgiving terrain.
  • Carryover Upper: The upper on the original Fellcross does a great job of protecting the foot from the elements, so why change it?

MSRP
$180

Release Date
September 2013

Color
Black/Racing Red/Black Salomon Fellcross 2

Salomon S-Lab Fellcross 2 Outsole View

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The 2010 Running Event

November 23rd, 2010

The RW Team just returned from a few days in Austin, Texas attending The Running Event, an annual trade show open to running specialty retailers from around the country. It features all of the top brands displaying many of their newest products and concepts.  Here’s an overview of some of the new products we found of particular interest.

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