Pete S

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Which shoes for XC?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 13:19
PhilPub wrote (see)

I've started using Inov-8 XTalon 212, which I bought for a fell race, but will use for XC courses which aren't suitable for XC spikes (because of gravel / stony paths, etc. which we sometimes get.)  The rubber lugs on the soles are too soft to consider doing any significant amount of road running so they really are strictly off-road, but they're not minimalist either.  There is some cushioning there, just not a lot.  You could go even lighter with the 190 but I don't have any experience of those.

BTW the 212 is supposed to refer to the weight in grammes, which is a bit of a joke, since mine are over 250g and I haven't exactly got clowns' feet!  Still pretty light for an off-road shoe though.


I'd recommend the x-talon 212 too. Lightweight, good grip on soft ground and enough cushioning for firmer stuff. The 212 is supposed to be the weight for a size 8. However, even without the laces and inner sole they still weigh 230g so not sure where Inov-8 get their figures from! 

Man Versus Mountain

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:02

It must be waterproof and should also be breathable with taped seams. Remember - its not just for running in. It is there for your safety in the event that you are injured or incapacitated in someway.

If you want to splash out I'd recommend the OMM kamleika too

Hybrid or Trail shoe?

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:54

What Roland says.

Its boggy going up and the second half is largely on an old mine road which is rough in places with wome steep descents in places. Grip is paramount.


Shoes for XC

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 08:01

Depends on what you call "normal trail shoes". I lot of what are marketed as trail shoes will be no good for your average XC; you usually will need something towards the fell shoe end of the market.

Most XCs in my part of the world tend to be largely on grass but there is the odd one with some tarmac so spikes are out for those. I personally use an Inov-8 x-talon which is fine for most XCs and will cope well with a small amount of tarmac. Also has the added benefit of being an ideal race shoe for most trail/multi-terrain races. The down side is that you could probably buy 2 pairs of spikes for the same price!

Socks for winter wet

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 23:14

After many years of struggling with cold, wet feet in the winter, I have come to the conclusion that any sock with a significant wool content is the way to go. They may not be quick drying but do retain warmth when wet. I used to use Hilly trail socks but the quality has gone through the floor of late. Now using More Mile Vermont - 2 pairs for £10 @ startfitness

Shoes for muddy trails

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 18:58

Depends what you call muddy really. Kanadias will be fine for some wet trails with a litttle mud but they do clog up quite quicky though this will depend largley on how wet and sticky the mud is. They are also quite cushioned - unecessary if its soft and wet underfoot. Taking it to the other extreme, I recentlly did the stourbridge stagger which was full on ankle deep wet sloppy stuff in places. Inov-8 mudclaws were ideal and Mrs S used x-talons and found they coped well too. Personally prefer a longer stud when the mud is really bad. There are plenty of other shoes out there which fit the bill. A longish stud but open tread pattern is what you are after so that they bite but then shed the mud.

2014 Stourbridge Stagger 10M

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 19:52

Cheers Brian. Glad you got my best side as usual 

Course measureres urgently needed

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 20:30

I would have been up for that but live in the midlands.

2014 Stourbridge Stagger 10M

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:06

Theres about 3 mile of tarmac so spikes are definitely out. Studded fell or trail shoes recommended. I'm going with a mudclaw and mrs s a x-talon. Just dont run in road shoes and expect to remain upright!

Still raining at the moment so going to be very wet but forecast is for sun tomorrow.

hope you enjoy it - its a great little race and one of my favourites. Lucky its in my back yard....

2014 Stourbridge Stagger 10M

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 18:17

Yeh! more mud!

a bit early to say but sunday doesnt look too bad......

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