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Do You Need a Trail Running Shoe?

April 11th, 2013

If you’re running on trails, it may be a good idea to invest in a pair of trail running shoes. Using your retired pair of road shoes doesn’t count (they are retired for a reason), even if you don’t mind getting them dirty. Trail shoes are built differently than road shoes to protect your feet and help you navigate varied terrain.

Finding a pair of trail shoes that suits your needs can make your offroad running experience that much better. Below, choose the type of trail running you’re doing and check out what you should look for in a trail shoe.

I run mostly roads, with a little bit of fire road thrown in the mix.

If your off-road running is limited to fire roads, in many cases you’ll be able to get away with running in your road trainers. But a shoe that can handle both roads and trails will offer you more traction and stability when you’re running on dirt. Several “trail-ified” versions of popular road models provide a bit more grip while still remaining fluid and flexible during road duty. As a couple of examples, look at the Asics GT 2000 Trail or the Brooks Adrenaline ASR 9.

I run fire roads and well-maintained trails.

You’re running on trails, but none of it is too technical. The type of trail shoe you should look for really depends on the running experience you’re seeking. If you want a more minimal shoe with a closer feel for the surfaces you’re running on, then check out the Brooks PureGrit 2 or the Altra Lone Peak.

If you want a traditional running shoe experience with plenty of protection from the ground and a more substantial upper, then lace up the Asics Gel Scout or Brooks Cascadia 8. Since your foot will encounter more ground angles over varied terrain and you are more likely to be up on your toes as you navigate trails, trail shoes typically have less pronation support than their road-specific counterparts. If you wear a max support road shoe, don’t fret if you can’t find a trail shoe with exactly as much support.

I run technical, uneven trails with mud, loose rocks and debris.

When you head out the door, your goal is to tackle the toughest trails you can find. You don’t shy away from hills or loose, rocky approaches. You need a shoe that can keep up with your adventure-seeking soul. In this category, you want to look for a trail shoe with intense lugs, and a secure fit. The lugs will help you mountain-goat your way through tricky terrain and the secure fit will help you feel more stable and confident in your shoes. For this type of running we like shoes such as the Salomon Speedcross 3 and Inov-8 Mudclaw 300.

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Running Trend: Footwear Color Craze

January 14th, 2013

In 2012 we kicked off the year with a few of our predictions for 2012 running trends, and we’re back to try our hand at trend-predicting again. First up: fantastical footwear colors! In 2012 we saw a spectrum of hues in nearly every color imaginable. But from what we’ve seen for both Spring and Fall 2013, this year footwear manufacturers are going to up the color ante even more. Here are some trends to look for:

Color on Color

We’ve seen bright shades on shoes for months now, but running footwear manufacturers are going to keep combining colors in creative and bold ways this year. Fuchsia and lime? Sure. Indigo with chartreuse and a dash of red? Why not. As you can see on the Salomon Speedcross 3 above, we think that this year, anything goes when it comes to color pairings.

Color Blocks

We’re also seeing a lot of shoes that are all (or nearly all) one bold color. The green Salomon XR Mission and salmon colored Nike LunarGlide 4 shown above are good examples of this trend.


You’ll be seeing more than just splashes of color on the footwear of 2013. Expect to see designs that incorporate a wide range of shapes and patterns to add greater visual depth to running shoes. Check out the orange Brooks PureFlow 2 above. The woven mesh upper creates a 3D look, accentuated by the fade pattern of the material.

If you’re the type of runner who likes to make a bold statement with your footwear, we think 2013 will be the perfect year for you.

Stay tuned for our next 2013 running trend prediction later this week!

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10 Tips for Rain Running

November 11th, 2012

1. Be aware of motorists.

When it rains, most people will focus more on the weather than on people around them. If you’re running, consider it your job to make sure you’re safe on the roads.

2. Dress for the conditions – and not more.

When it’s blustery outside it can be tempting to pile on cozy layers, but remember that once you start moving, your body is going to heat up. If it’s raining but warm, a waterproof shell can create a swampy microclimate around your body. Wear only what you need for the conditions.

3. Wear a waterproof hat with a bill.

A waterproof running hat like the Asics Storm Shelter Cap or The North Face Stormy Trail Hat can help you see the road ahead clearly when you’re running through a downpour.

4. Watch out for painted lines and manhole covers on the roads.

Certain materials become super slippery when they get wet. Make sure you’re aware of the terrain you’re on, and watch out for things like painted lines on asphalt, manhole covers and storm grates.

5. Know when to turn back.

Like most of you, we enjoy a good rain run. But it’s important to stay alert to weather conditions, and to turn back when conditions change from adventurous to hazardous. If lightning, hail, high winds and torrential downpours are in the forecast, it might be good to stay inside, or at least not head too far from home.

6. Wear synthetic fabrics.

Cotton is comfy, yes. But when it gets wet, it gets heavy and clingy. Stick to a fabric that won’t stick to you, like polyester. It won’t hold as much water as cotton apparel or cause as much chafing.

7. Stuff your shoes post-run.

When you get home, stuff your shoes with a Shoe Dog or some rolled-up newspaper to help them dry out. This way they’ll be ready to run the next time you are, and they won’t develop a mildew-y funk.

8. In a pinch, a plastic garbage bag can serve as a makeshift waterproof poncho.

If you can’t find your favorite waterproof jacket, just grab a (clean) trash bag, cut holes for your head and arms, and slip it on over your running apparel.

9. Hit the trails.

Many trails hold up surprisingly well when it rains. A little light moisture can help keep dust down on trails, and running trails will give you a chance to avoid traffic. Even if it’s a little slick, just grab a seriously luggy shoe like the Salomon Speedcross 3 and go. All this said, if the trails by you are very muddy and slippery, you need to stay off them, both to minimize your risk of injury and protect the trails from degradation.

10. Realize that you’re going to get a little wet. Get over it, and have fun.

No matter how well you prepare, you’re going to get wet if you run in the rain. Embrace the adventure. Even if you’re hesitant as you’re heading out the door, you’ll feel invigorated by the time you finish your run.

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