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El Mattadorr
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Trail Running Shoes
I went trail running for the first time yesterday and, holy shit, what a blast. I may never run on pavement again.

That said, my road shoes clearly weren't the proper equipment. Too slick and "bouncy" for the woods. Any recommendations for a pair of decent trail shoes?


IllegalPete
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I just bought a pair of Hoka One One Challenger 5s and they fit and feel perfect after around 100 miles (50% trail, 50% road).

My only complaint is the tread wear. The yellow/green part of the sole in the pic below is shredded. The rest of the tread looks brand new.



Any experts here know what is up with that? (I was carrying a 30lb pack for most of the miles, maybe that extra weight was too much?)


I had a pair of Hoka Torrents on order but may hold off on them now.

Altra is the shoe of choice for many ultra runners and long distance hikers, you may want to check them out. They are zero drop with an extra wife toe box, seem to have a cult following.


auburnu008
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I have 2 pairs of Salomon shoes and both are amazing. They would be perfect.

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s0tiger
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Second Salomon. I have the Salomon XA Pro 3D and love them. They run small a narrow for me so try them on.

ETA: I run in Altra on roads, didn't care for their trail offerings. I live in Colorado and the trails I run are Rocky with steep inclines
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NOFOX
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I have two pairs depending on distance:
(1) Merrell Trail Glove - preferred
(2) Altra Superior 4 - longer distance or when I want more cushion underfoot


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3nOut
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: Trail Running Shoes
i didn't know we had this many trail runners.



i currently run in Brooks Cascadias (heavier, but cushioned and a rock plate) and asics frequent trails (not that cushioned, but light weight)

the asics are whatever. I like them, but not enough to recommend highly. a good starter shoe for a cheap price. there's also the asics venture which you should be able to get for less than $50 bucks that i used to run in and it's also a good starter shoe.

really like my cascadias though. i notice how much i love the rock plate when i don't have it. most of my crew wear Altras or Brooks.


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3nOut
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re: Trail Running Shoes
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My only complaint is the tread wear. The yellow/green part of the sole in the pic below is shredded. The rest of the tread looks brand new.


i think your "mileage may vary" is a good statement with trail shoes. they are subjected to an entirely different type of rigor than a road shoe. i had a pretty nice pair of NBs that the sole actually ripped in half after about 100 miles. another friend of mine tore a hole in the side of his Altra Olympus after about 6 months (they replaced them for the cost of shipping.) another dude recently blew out his altra lone peaks. took a turn and the cloth ripped, he fell, and had to walk back to the car in one shoe.

that being said other guys in my group have Altras that have well over 500 miles on them. a very literal "your mileage may vary."


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Freauxzen
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Merrell Trail glove.

I generally like minimalist shoes anyway, but especially running trails.


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gsadle5
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I recently purchased a pair of Hoka One One Torrents. I like them so far but only have about 25-30 miles in them.


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Shepherd88
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Third for Salomon. I love my speedcross kicks.


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Salmon
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Merrell Trail Glove
NB Minimus Trail

or if more rocky terrain, Brooks Cascadia



BMoney
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re: Trail Running Shoes
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NB Minimus Trail


These are great unless you're running on rocks or rocky terrain. You will feel those.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I got some Asics Sonoma-4's at Academy for a reasonable price. Very cushioned.


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marchballer
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re: Trail Running Shoes
I’m going to 4th Salomons. Only pair I’ve owned but they’ve been amazing trail running and obstacle course racing.


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tke_swamprat
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Nike Zoom Kiger are excellent


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McLemore
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re: Trail Running Shoes
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ETA: I run in Altra on roads, didn't care for their trail offerings. I live in Colorado and the trails I run are Rocky with steep inclines


I've blown out a lot of Altras, including during the Golden Leaf in Aspen. But the current generation is a lot better.

I'm nursing tendinopathy so got the Olympus 3.5s and they feel like clouds and seem rugged. These have Vibram soles and no rock plates were in box.

They would make me nervous on serious technical stuff, on which I run in superior 4.0s. I've had every generation and these are by far the best.


IllegalPete
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re: Trail Running Shoes
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on serious technical stuff, on which I run in superior 4.0s.


Would you recommend these for rocky desert terrain and mountain scree fields?


McLemore
Member since Dec 2003
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re: Trail Running Shoes
If you don't need any cushion then they're great. My friend ran the Palisades 100 miler in Idaho mtns (20k ft up and... same back down) in them and said they were great.

I haven't really put the 4.0s to the test. Just some 8-10 milers with decent elevation, rocky/dusty Montana single track. They felt great.

Ironically I f'ed up my ankle after a few week running break by just slowly jogging 20miles over two days in Gulf State park in road shoes. I have to be careful these days and really work back into it and do my PT and strengthening.
This post was edited on 9/13 at 9:15 am


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ks_nola
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re: Trail Running Shoes
Just like roads shoes everyone likes different ones for different reasons. Been running in Nike Wildhorse 5. decent rock plate and great toe bumper. solid shoe except if you deal with wet rocky / boulder terrain. also have run in brooks caldera which is modeled after brooks glycerin. good if running 100 miler and need more cushion towards the end but little too soft for general runs for me.


El Mattadorr
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Member since Mar 2019
550 posts

re: Trail Running Shoes
Based on everyone's responses, I was interested in getting minimalist shoes. I ended up buying these cheap-ass Whitin trail runners. Whitin Trail Runner

I plan to use these for awhile and get used to the "barefoot" feeling before upgrading to the Merrell Trail Glove 5 or the New Balance Minimus.


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