Roland McCartney

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Wide fitting trail shoes?

Posted: Yesterday at 21:08


thisisnatty wrote (see)

I have been recommended Inov8 Trailroc 245 and 255 as wide fitting but haven't tried them yet 

I own both those trailrocs Natty and neither are very effective when the going gets muddy!! 

Trail shorts

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 18:26

Crafts PR long shorts are superb...

One marathon when I am 50 - which one?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 08:19

South Downs marathon ....

Adidas XT3 to Saucony Kinvara's

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 05:51

Very impressed with the Trailroc 245s, probably the most stable shoe I`ve ever run in over rough terrain... 

Advice on Trail shoes

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 13:49

lower profile does mean less cushioning Bob, also worth mentioning heel to toe differentials.. ie, Your current Asics road shoes have an 11/12mm differential, those Trailroc 245s were just 3mm and the Saucony Xodus 3.0s are just 4mm... 

Now some people can transition down without issues but I know a few runners that have suffered serious achiles tendon/calf muscles problems changing from an 11mm shoe down to an 8mm!!



Advice on Trail shoes

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 10:50

Those trailroc 245s are very low profile compared to your current shoes Bob!!

Advice on Trail shoes

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 20:15

Hi Bob, live t`other side of Farley Hill so were almost neighbours!! 

Over on the Mortimer side you`ve got Pamber heath and Benyons Enclosure, then for Swallowfield you`ve got the Bramshill forest network...

What sort of distances are you thinking of running??

Adidas XT3 to Saucony Kinvara's

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 05:55

Those Kinvara TR2s might appear similar on paper but in the hand the differences become more apparent Snap, the Kinvaras far more flexible, sits lower to the ground and the heel/toe differenials 2mm lower...

Also consider Inov8s Trailroc 255 and NB MT110 ...

Trail Shoes

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 06:07


Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)

do not have much cushioning, but it is important if you are running on rocky terrain, or trails with a lot of tree roots, particularly in longer events. 

Long time ago I made the switch from cushioned shoes to low profile shoes for running those exact terrains Ben, my ankles and calf muscles have thanked me ever since...  give me a thin flexible rock plate over a wad of cushioning any day....

Hybrid or Trail shoe?

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:12
mikasa wrote (see)

What is the difference between a trail shoe and a fell shoe?

A fell shoe sits lower to the ground for greater stability, has much better grip and feels alot more responsive thanks to a big reduction in weight and increased flexibility..

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