Minimal trail shoe suitable for mud and wet grass - midfoot striker suggestions

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13/01/2014 at 16:56

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.


Rafiki    pirate
13/01/2014 at 17:15

You might want to look at Inov8 - only problem is they have very few stockist, so trying them on can be a problem

13/01/2014 at 18:29

Thanks Rafiki. I quite like the look of the mudrocs. I shall start looking for shops that stock them.


13/01/2014 at 18:31

Sorry typo: mudclaws


13/01/2014 at 18:57

Mudclaws are great Kittih but I urge you to consider the X-Talon 212s...


13/01/2014 at 21:48

mizuno wave harrier

13/01/2014 at 21:51

Salomon fellraisers  they have some knarly lugs on the underside and toes.

Them or the Innov8 range I've heard is quite good. 

13/01/2014 at 22:37

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.



13/01/2014 at 22:47

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.

14/01/2014 at 00:14

Thanks Ian. Sounds like the x-talons might be a better bet for me. Good to know they stretch.

14/01/2014 at 05:58

X-Talons feel alot more responsive than the mudclaws Kittih.. amazing shoe!! 

14/01/2014 at 09:39

another vote for salomon fellraisers, I find them much comfier than inov8's

14/01/2014 at 11:19
For something minimal the Vivobarefoot Breatho Trails are excellent. Light, zero drop, very aggressive lugs ideal for mud, and a wide toe box. They fit to size.
14/01/2014 at 12:02

Thanks everyone.

The list now includes: Innov8 X Talons, Mudclaws, Salomon Fellraisers and Vivobarefoot Breatho Trails.

Now to find a shop that stocks them...

14/01/2014 at 12:48

Adidas Kanadia XC (not the Kanadia trail shoe) very light and cheap too

14/01/2014 at 15:55

I think sketchers run have now got a trail - not sure how grippy - will certainly be minimal and available from amazon.

14/01/2014 at 16:15

Don't Mizuno do a trail version of the Cursoris. Ferus?

14/01/2014 at 19:33

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 ?

16/01/2014 at 16:22

X Talon 190. super grippy and light.

17/01/2014 at 11:51

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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