I've been pondering the pyurchase of some off-road shoes for a while now but I'm as confused as every other road runner seems to be about them.
I tried a pair of adidas kanadia on, but they felt very tight around the toe box. Looking to do a few trail races this year so need to invest in something but dont know what. I'm a moderate over-pronator on the road and run in Asics GT 21 series. Like becki, i'd love to know if there is a sort of off-road equivalent!
kicked-it, go and look at Asics Gel Trabucos.
I've done 13 miles on road with the Wave Ascends and was fine, the point, everyone is different so yes Becki, if you can get a gait analysis then do. If you're in GTS then Brooks do an equivalent Trail shoe called the GTS ASR. Get version 7 as it has a much better grip than 6.
Rossy, the cascadias are excellent shoes with superb cushioning and grip. They are a bit skittish on roads and ice but so perfect for muddy conditions.
I'd say no, you don't need analysis (although I'm far from an expert). I've run in heavily supportive trainers in the past for an over pronation of right leg, I also heel strike. When I off road though I just use my trusty Inov-8s and have never had any issues with post run pain other than the lovely aches that hill work and bounding over tree roots brings on. I'd say that the most important factors are making sure the shoe is a decent secure fit (so that you don't lose it in a huge puddle of mud like I did) and that it has suitable grip for the conditions you plan to run. Your limbs will pretty much find their own stability on the softer off road surface.
Kicked it..............I would also recommend looking at the asics Trabuco's................I use asics 1150's and my son uses asics 2150's for road running and we have both found the asics trabucos great............especially if part of your uns are on road or trail as well as mountainside.....................
done so many miles in them over the last year..brilliant.
To be honest for your first pair of trail shoes i would go to a good running shop with your normal road shoes and get their advice and try on the suggested ones.................then buy the one that seems to work best..............
re the high arches - yes he does
Hi K, thanks for that.
I think I'll have to have a look down the local running shop again, they have the Mizuno Wave Harriers, and a pair of Solamons and then the rest are the Inov8 range.
There aren't any other stores close by that sell much else. I fancy trying the Brooks ones on too.
(its me Becki, but I hadnt meant for my real name to show on posts, so have changed it to what it should be, but now you all know anyway haha)
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