If you are looking for the perfect shoes for trail running then we have two suggestions for you here, writes Deepthi Velkur.
Tired of running on polluted, crowded streets? The sea of people a bit unnerving? If the answer to the two questions is yes, then trail running is a good idea for you.
Deena Kastor, an eight-time American cross-country champion once quoted, “To me, heaven on earth is exploring on a trail”. As you run through lush green forests, rolling hills and gorgeous plains, heaven certainly is a thought that comes to mind.
Imagine avoiding trees, rocks, branches and boulders instead of people on the street – sounds like fun doesn’t it? Trail running is more engaging, more fun and definitely more scenic. You don’t need heaps of specialized gear to run a trail but there is one thing that will make your run a whole lot easier and safer too – the right kind of footwear.
Difference between a trail running shoe and a road running shoe
The main difference between the two is the traction on the sole. In a trail running shoe, the sole has deeper lugs for a bigger surface area. The upper part is usually knit meshed to avoid debris from entering the shoe. Also, trail shoes generally have a lower offset where the heel height is lower than that of the toe height making it relatively flatter thus providing a stable platform to run on.
Choosing a trail running shoe can be daunting so we’ve taken a shot at providing information on two excellent shoes that could be part of your trail running gear.
This is a trail running shoe that is built for the toughest trails out there. It is designed keeping in mind comfort and protection on the long, challenging runs.
The first thing you notice when you wear them is the reinforced outsole. The outsole is patented Contagrip Wet Traction, the best shoes you can buy for traction which come with deep lugs and soft rubber ensuring durability and providing maximum grip. It offers more traction against slippery conditions, steep up and downhill terrains. The uppers are water-resistant, reinforced, abrasion-resistant and have an anti-debris mesh that protects debris from entering the shoe. The CS variant (ClimaShield) allows the foot to breathe bringing a quick drying in the forefoot area.
The toggle lacing system and sockliner offer a secure, supportive fit and there is a good level of cushioning around the ankle. On the trails, you will appreciate the cushioning in the footbed and sole.
Underneath, the design and placement of the studs ensure that mud doesn’t clog up thus ensuring a consistent grip. The drop is 10 mm which provides for great cushioning. It also has an enhanced Lightweight Muscle midsole and a molded EVA band which ensures stability in addition to the cushioning.
Overall, this is a shoe designed for soft, wet and rugged terrains and while expensive (retailing at INR 13,000 on www.amazon.in), they certainly pack a punch in terms of durability and safety. One drawback though – they can’t be used for road running.
The rather interesting name means “now it is time to fly” in Maori. The torrent is a trail running shoe that is super lightweight, agile, and technical allowing runners to tackle any terrain.
Hoka One One shoes are known for their premium cushioning and the torrent doesn’t disappoint. The midsole provides for a lot of cushioning without comprising on the responsiveness of the shoe. The multidirectional lugs underneath the shoe offer good traction both up and down hill. They offer a lot in terms of breathability ensuring your feet don’t get too hot and sweaty on those long runs.
The Hoka One One Torrent achieves a fine balance between agility and traction at 254g offer one sweet running experience.
- Weight: 254g (size EU 42)
- Forefoot height: 18mm
- Heel height: 23mm
- Drop: 5mm
Priced at INR 8,100 on www.runnerinn.com, the Hoka One One Torrent is a good investment considering that this can be used for trail runs, road running and other ultra-runs.
In conclusion, both of these shoes are a good investment with the Hoka One One holding a slight advantage as it can be used across trails as well as road runs.