Trail Running Shoe Reviews
If you happen to be a regular reader of the blog, you may know that I have recently gotten into trail running and working out at the gym. I am no trail running professional by any means, but I have researched and looked at enough trail running shoes to know what makes up a good one. I like to mix up my exercising routines by trail running two days a week and going to the gym three days a week. I am also cheap, which means I don’t want to have to by two different pairs of shoes to essentially do the same thing.
I like to think that I can offer up a different point of view of trail running shoes. Why? Mostly because I plan on using my trail running shoes for both trail running and in the gym. Because of this, I have a different take on what makes up a good trail running shoe. I’m sure many of the people reading this are probably in the same boat and would rather have a good pair of trail running shoes that offer protection on the trail, but are comfortable enough to wear to the gym.
If you don’t feel like buying a pair of shoes that have enough protection for the trail and then another pair of shoes that offer more comfort for the gym, then the shoes I mention on this list should help you pick out the shoes that are right for you.
Here are some of my suggested trail running shoes:
- Salomon XA Comp 3 Trail-Running Shoes
- Saucony ProGrid Xodus Trail-Running Shoes
- Salomon Speedcross 2 Trail-Running Shoes
- New Balance 875 Trail Runner
- Merrell Moab Ventilator Cross-Training Shoes
- The North Face Hedgehog GTX XCR Cross-Training Shoes
- Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX Trail-Running Shoes
When picking out a pair of trail running shoes, one of the most important aspects to consider is the protection it offers. Even if you plan on wearing them to the gym, it is still important that they feature ample protection. You are a lot more likely to get injured running on the trail than you are at the gym. While comfort is important, the protection is more important. Finding a pair of trail running shoes that offer a secure fit, heel and tow protection, and a good grip are important factors to look at when shopping.
Something important to point out when buying a pair of trail running shoes is that they might not be very comfortable in the store. Because these types of shoes are made to be tough, they can be a little stiff in the store. If you find a pair of trail running shoes that have all the features you want and fit well, but seem stiff, don’t worry. Just buy them in the size you need and break them in. It might be in your best interest to wear the shoes at the gym for a w eek or so before you wear them out on the trail. This way you can break them in on the treadmill rather than the trail. Who wants to break in a pair of trail running hoes on a five mile trail run!