My personal method is to look at the tread on the sole of a shoe, imagine it on a moutain bike tyre, then imagine how it will perform. Obviously this isn't very useful if you don't have a mountain bike or have never changed it's tyres So with that in mind I've found innov8 xtalon 190s work great in most cirumstances for me. Not great on sharp stony ground though. But great on wet grass / mud. Will wear out on tarmac, but then so do mtb tyres, and that's not thought a great problem. You won't get a huge milage from them though, my last pair were on their last legs after about 450 miles.
Well done for making the effort to drive to your local trails Jim, this means you can forget about all those terrible road/trail hybrids and treat yourself to some serious off-road footware..
Used to run in Salomon Speedcross but wouldn`t buy another pair now because they still sit quite high off the ground so can be unstable over rough/technical terrain...
Here are a few shoes you should consider.....
Inov-8 X-Talon 212..
VJ Irock and Sticky2
Could comment on my experiences with Speedcross and Talon 212 but it would take an age to type it all out, pm me if you like..
Walsh are pretty good for this sort of thing, designed for technical fell running so for grippy downhill and rocky uphill. They would probably be my choice for a long ofroad race (for upto 12km I would wear spikes if it was all or very predominantly offroad).
Also, remember that in many of these races with road sections there is an option to run on a grass verge beside the road, rather than on the road itself.
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I tried some innov8 and some Solomon on today but neither were comfortable unfortunately.
Thats a shame Jim, out of curiosity which Salomon/Inov8 shoes did you try on..? and why were they uncomfortable.. ??
Give head office a call and ask if is somewhere near you http://www.walshsports.com/
another option for anyone looking for something slightly wider than the salomon speedcross/fellcross shoes is the La sportiva crosslight, I love mine, did 17 miles in them straight out of the box with no hotspots!
What about the La sportive anakonda..
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