Posted: 23/12/2008 at 18:41
I'm sure people will have different views but for me you need 2 off-road shoes.
One for each foot
Hello again poohshoe. What would you want to do in said trainers (not race the Caper now obviously).
I went round on Sunday in a similarly styled pair to 'deck the small'. They were fine and grippy enough for the race I was expecting to do. I couldn't have raced to full potential in them though. If you want to hammer round a course then I'd advise you follow fb's advice and buy a pair of fell runners. You won't get much from them in the way of support, so if you're injury prone then think/choose carefully but the grip you'll get will far exceed normal trainers. The only real problem with them is that if you don't run that sort of terrain regularly then they'll get very little use.
I've used Walsh pb's in the past and they've been brilliant but I don't really run in the muck enough to justify them, although if I'm going well when Grizzly comes around I'll buy a new pair. I do most of my off road stuff on Braunton Burrows/Saunton beach but any old pair of trainers can cope with that.
If you can justify them get some fell runners for race day and some good grippy off road trainers for everything else. If not then anything with decent grip will be just fine.