I am looking for suggestions for trail shoes suitable for doing very muddy / wet grass / woodland trail park runs / cross country involving some hills so the lugs on the sole would need to be reasonably aggressive. I would not be using them on the road.
I currently run in Mizuno Wave Cursoris on the road and would want a minimal style trail shoe preferably under 6mm heel to toe drop and which suits mid-foot striking. I have standard fitting heels but my foot is fairly wide across the toes. I also often need size 8.5 in road running shoes which are not always available in women's ranges.
Any suggestions of suitable shoes are welcome so I can visit all the local running shops with a list to try on.
You might want to look at Inov8 - only problem is they have very few stockist, so trying them on can be a problem
Thanks Rafiki. I quite like the look of the mudrocs. I shall start looking for shops that stock them.
Sorry typo: mudclaws
Mudclaws are great Kittih but I urge you to consider the X-Talon 212s...
mizuno wave harrier
Salomon fellraisers they have some knarly lugs on the underside and toes.
Them or the Innov8 range I've heard is quite good.
Thanks for the suggestions
Roland: The x - Talons also look good, what are the pros and cons of them over the mudclaws ?
Marrows: I wouldn't mind getting Mizuno trail shoes, the toe box is supposed to be wide, unfortunately the heel to toe drop on the wave harriers seems to be quoted as 12mm which doesn't work well for me with mid foot striking.
Jason: Salomon fellraisers look like an option to add to the list.
Looks like the local sweatshop might have some innov8's in so I will try on whatever versions they have.
Xtalons either 212 or 190.I've also got mudclaws 265, but find the fabric on the top is a bit too stiff which makes it crease and dig into my forefoot, but I imagine that a fairly individual thing. The thicker upper also feels less likely to stretch round my wide feet. I also prefer the tread on the xtalons, as although the mudclaws really grip mud, they feel more reluctant to release their grip on it than xtalons.212s are probably a better value buy than 190s in that they'll last longer. Neither of them are wide shoes (and I've got wide feet), but they do stretch.
Thanks Ian. Sounds like the x-talons might be a better bet for me. Good to know they stretch.
X-Talons feel alot more responsive than the mudclaws Kittih.. amazing shoe!!
another vote for salomon fellraisers, I find them much comfier than inov8's
The list now includes: Innov8 X Talons, Mudclaws, Salomon Fellraisers and Vivobarefoot Breatho Trails.
Now to find a shop that stocks them...
Adidas Kanadia XC (not the Kanadia trail shoe) very light and cheap too
I think sketchers run have now got a trail - not sure how grippy - will certainly be minimal and available from amazon.
Don't Mizuno do a trail version of the Cursoris. Ferus?
2-Wheels:I looked at the Adidas Kanadia XC and they look good but from what I have read they are being discontinued and the online retailers that still have them don't have them in my size that I could find.
Gymaddict - thanks for the suggestion, I will look into it.
Shoes - Yes they do the Mizuno Ferus but the lugs aren't that aggressive and from the reviews I have read they aren't so good on mud and slippery grass unless anyone has experience to the contrary ?
X Talon 190. super grippy and light.
Inov-8 X-talons they are good, but for minimal grippy there's the Baregrip 200
The Kanadia xc are available at sportsdirect and a new model is due out in Feb. Not quite as grippy as the Inov-8s but less than half the price.
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