steve brooks 7

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Hybrid or Trail shoe?

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:05

Inov 8 295.

great on mud, rocks, grass, gravel, road .................and light too.



Trail Shoes

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:55

I'm no expert but do a lot of offroad/trail running including the london-brighton trail run a few years back.  obviously shoes are a very personal choice depending on foot shape, drop preference etc. but in my experience you really can't get better than inov8, with my own personal favourite being the roclite 295.  great for mud but enough cushioning for hard packed ground as well.  shop around online and depending on shoe size you might find a bargain !!

Recommended Central London Running Shops

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:47

I had same experience as ivor both times I've been to run and become !!  again some years ago.

runners need are generally ok as is the big sweatshop at trump st.

my favourite though is London city runner near st pauls

Techniques for a fast 5km time

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 11:27

stumbled across this thread by accident but really interested in the warm up advice by Dachs.  Don't consider myself a beginner but usually run long distances although this year and next 'coming down' to 10k and maybe a few park runs.

Some years ago I got a PB at 10k after poor planning meant I had to cycle 6 miles at top speed to make the start time, I always thought the PB was despite the rather frantic, high intensity warm up, maybe it was because of it !!  normally I just jog about a bit and throw in a few strides and stretches.

trail shoe for 100km

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 17:15

D K, I have had 3 pairs of inov8, 290 mudrocs (which I lost after finishing Tough Guy in 2010)  Roclite 320 (which got me through L2B) and my current Roclite 295's.

Both of my Roclites have worn through on the upper where your toes flex, the soles are still perfect.  Not sure if it's a defect so much as they just get abused more than my other shoes............

Garmin Forerunner 201 - shall I upgrade?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 16:37

just got a 110 from a mate at work at a bargain price and after 2 runs I think its great.

as a technophobe newbie I was amazed at how easy it was to set up, use and transfer onto my laptop. the signal is quick to pick up and hasn't been lost so far and it's no bigger than a 'normal' watch.

downside is that it doesn't show current pace, just average, but now I have found the autolap function I can at least see my average for each successive mile.

have also found that it can take a few attempts for laptop to 'find the device' but no real hassle and I believe this is common to all garmins, whatever the price.

trail shoe for 100km

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 16:25

I sent back the mantras as simply did not like the fit, took delivery of some hoka rapa nui comp. have been out for one 8 miler on trail and one 6 miler on road, so far so good.  pretty light, nice fit, super comfy, good grip.......just have to see if they're just as comfy over long distances.  hopeful as hoka call themselves the ultra running company.

so, trail-wise I now have:   old pair of inov 8 295 for when its really muddy, brooks pure grit 1 for hard/dry trails with absolutely no chance of rain,  hoka rapa nui for everything else !................ do I need any more ?

Trail shoes

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:53

expensive and a bit out of the ordinary but I've just got some hoka rapa nui and they are fantastic, only done one 8 miler in them so far on nice mix of terrain and found them ultra comfortable and light (weigh only 275g). bear in mind you need to go up 1/2 size though.

4mm or less drop trail shoe with pronation support

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 21:44

took delivery of some hoka one one rapa nui yesterday and went for a nice 8 miler in them today.  mix of tarmac, woodland (pretty muddy in places) and cinder.... so far so good... great fit (half-size up on normal) great grip and super comfy. will see how they go over longer distances but hopefully will be my shoe for SVP100

4mm or less drop trail shoe with pronation support

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:07


I tried the sense mantra but simply didn't like the fit, not saying they're a bad shoe but definitely not for me.

Just taken delivery of pair of hoka Rapa Nui Comp, less extreme than the mafate and lighter at 275g. not had a run in them yet but feel comfortable out of the box.......time will tell if i become a convert



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trail shoe for 100km

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durable AND lightweight !!

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