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mr brightside

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Location: On the fells

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Shoes Reply with quote

clv101 wrote:
For the last few years (when not actually in the mud) I've been mainly (6-7 days a week) wearing these:
SALOMON XA PRO 3D: http://www.salomon.com/uk/product/xa-pro-3d.html

I find them a brilliant shoe, but they only last around 18 months! Rather than buy a third pair surely it's not beyond the wit of man to produce a light, comfortable, grippy shoe that's generally smart enough, good for off-road running and that lasts 5+ years?

Any ideas?

18 months is pretty good for a pair of running shoes! I'm not sure how you're staying upright on that tread pattern, there doesn't look to be a lot of grip on offer.

The cheapest off-road shoe is the More Mile Cheviot 3. The stud pattern is similar to the Speedcross, but the uppers can crack around the toebox. The best short to medium distance (<10mls) off-road shoe is the Inov-8 X-Talon 212; it's very light, has just enough cushioning and sheds water quickly, but if you're a heel striker you'll find they lack in cushioning. I've spent many years honing the most natural and efficient foot strike, like african runners who have never worn shoes, so i find i don't need cushioning in a sole and wear 212s for most training. I recently ran the Leeds 10k road race in 212s and found them absolutely excellent, no fatigue problems at all.

Those who need cushioning find themselves in a mire of choice and confusion. Inov-8 Roclites are well cushioned, but the glue is hit and miss a lot of the time. New Balance are a good shoe from a british company, their factory shop i think is still at Shap Fell and they are a good shoe. Asics Fuji Runnegade is one i've not tried, but the longest serving pair of running shoes i've owned are Asics Trail Attack 6. The Nikes i had at one point lasted fairly well, but the glue went in the end.

Selecting off-road shoes based on longevity is something nobody i know really does. Most are designed with uppers and glue to last as long as the studs, no more really, acidic peat water doesn't help either. Your best bet is probably Asics based on my experience.
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