Monday, July 22, 2013

Benefits of Trail Run Shoes

If you’re looking to add a pair of trail shoes to your running arsenal but are unsure on the specific benefits, we can help shine a little light on the subject.

Here are a few reasons to choose a trail specific runner if you’re planning on tackling some beautiful British Columbian terrain this summer:

(1) Traction: Trail shoes offer more grip on wet and muddy surfaces. The lugs that are on the shoes provide extra stability ascending and descending that a road shoe doesn’t offer. It also helps grip when running over muddy segments of trail.

(2) Protection: A trail shoe is typically a little more rigid than a road running shoe. Most trail shoes have what’s called “trail shield” in them. It’s a piece of plating either in the forefoot or in the entire shoe that protects the foot when running over rocks and roots.

(3) Toe Guard: Trail shoes are a little firmer at the cap of the toe box to protect your toes. If you catch your foot on a rock or stump while out on the trails this absorbs that impact saving your toes from bruises and black toenails!

Some trail shoes are what is commonly referred to as “Hybrids.” These shoes are designed for that in between runner meaning you may do a combination of road and trail running. These hybrids are somewhere in the middle of the highlights above and a road shoe.
 The intended use of a Hybrid runner is for those who leave out their front door and have a few miles of road running before they reach the trail.

Naturally if you are doing 100% of your miles on trail then a true trail shoe is the best way to go!

Happy Trails,
Ryne Melcher

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