I currently do all of my running in Vibram fivefingers trail shoes, and I love them. But they are limited editions and I can't replace them, and the washing machine ate them. .
I'm willing to try something else, not necessarily Vibrams. I like barefoot/minimalist shoes and my body is used to running in them. I do full marathons in cushioned Saucony's but would like to do a full in minimalist if possible. I like the trail soles as I do a fair amount off road, and will be doing a trail half marathon and a trail full marathon later this year.
Any recommendations? Thanks!
I was very fond of the New Balance Minimus shoes. I ran on the MT10 but they are also available in zero drop shoes. Very versatile since you can also run on the road on a mixed route.
I completely changed shoes and run in Hoka shoes now but last year it was my nr1 trail shoe!
I like the Merrell pace glove - you can get last years model quite cheaply now, about £40. have run a couple marathons in them, they are quite good for offroad apart from really muddy stuff.
So, after much procrastination, I've ordered the Merrell Pace Glove. Another question - I'm used to running in Vibrams without any socks. Should I wear socks with the Merrells? If so, what sort? Thanks!
Hi MM, looking at a pair for myself and wife, would you say these are good for off road fell runs and bit rocky out crop type runs?
OK, you have a few options.
There are still some variants of the five fingers with a pretty aggressive trail tread.
Alternatively you might like the Merrel Trail Glove.
I'm not sure about the Merrells for "real" fell running, but I took them on a fairly muddy, rocky and steep run today and liked them. The grip on muddy ground is good but not amazing. I like the feel they give me, very similar to my beloved Vibrams. Only issue now is the right one rubbing my Achilles, which I hope is just a breaking in issue.
Ps. The Vibrams I had were a prototype, bought at a marathon expo, and were a real trail shoe. Sadly they didn't go into full production, and I'm not sure about the existing Vibrams trail shoes that are available now.
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