You probably know about adventure racing by now. Its the off-road run-bike-kayak competition that can take anywhere from six hours to six days non-stop. Some racers wear fast, grippy trail shoes from
running brands. Others want more protection, and are happy to sacrifice a bit of weight and responsiveness for a chunkier midsole and a slightly more overlaid upper. Thats where a shoe like the Coyote Ridge comes in. Even though its from an outdoor brand, it has more in common with
running shoes than with outdoor shoes. Its flexible enough to run
naturally in, and no heavier than, say, a heavy New Balance trail shoe.
If you want real running speed and excellent grip (and speed often requires grip), a shoe like the Coyote Ridge would be too
moderate for you. For comfort and protection, though, it scores well.
The Coyote Ridge II is a comfortable, midweight, adventure shoe. Its a good all-rounder unless youre looking to blast round to a win in a multi-day
race or sprint a shorter one.
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North Face Coyote Ridge (£55); New Balance 804 (£60); Salomon Raid Sport (£50)