...for occasional off road running?
I have a pair of Mizuno Wave Inspire currently, since moving house have started to do 1 run a week which takes in a few miles 'off road'. This is mainly fields, mud/dirt tracks and a canal tow path but still a fair amount of pavement/tarmac.
Will a pair of off road/trail shoes be of significant benefit, if so, how?
I am gonna say no, you don't NEED to, however.........
I did my first off road race this weekend, and I brought a pair of trail shoes for it, and TBH, I think it was the right choice.
Ok, so the ground wasn't that slippy, but I was gratefull for the extra grip on the grass / sand sections, and the extra support the shoes and soles gave me.
I do tons of off road stuff in my road shoes. It's fine because you can go carefully if it is slippery.
However racing off road is another matter - it's crucial to feel confident that you won't slip then and off road shoes are advisable.
Off road shoes aren't great if you have a mixed run with some on the road; as peeps have said they don't have much cushioning and can feel very hard underfoot.
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