High-Speed Ascents: Trail Running Shoes
Published on 09/07/2012
By Ann-Britt Hakansson
As we find ourselves sliding into Fall temperatures, some of us may be regretting the initial hesitation to gear up from the feet up before the trail running season began. Those dedicated to the dirt will be running well into October, and it’s not too late to find yourself the perfect trail running shoe to run out the rest of the season.
Asics Gel FujiRacer
Asics have earned a reputable name in the world of trail runners and ultra-marathoners –and it is no wonder why. Their entire GEL series is geared toward complete comfort while trampling over and through roots and streams. The Fuji Racer features a water drainage system to keep out moisture and the ultra-light yet durable and grippy design makes this one of the best minimalist trail racing shoes.
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La Sportiva Vertical K
Outside Magazine claims the Vertical K is La Sportiva’s best trail shoe yet. One of the most light weight trail running shoes available, this model is surprisingly supportive and maintains a high level of performance. The sticky rubber outer layer, made with La Sportiva’s Frixion XF, is designed to deform around roots and rocks. If powering through to the top of a rocky hill as fast as possible is your thing –without sacrificing protection on the trail –this is the shoe for you.
Salomon XR Mission
Salomon knows rugged; their products are geared toward the outdoors and the enthusiasts that can’t get enough of the stuff (you know –the great outdoors). Salomon’s XR Mission is rated highly among such dirt seeking mud loving trail runners. Flexible and lightweight, this is a great shoe for gravel and mild terrain or treacherous mountain single track. Complete with sensiflex, the XR Mission has improved heel-to-toe transition for a responsive and high performance ride.
Asics Gel Scout
Asics are a great go-to shoe for female trail runners. Their consistent attention to detail makes for an ultra-comfortable ultra-supportive trail shoe. This shoe features a protective rock plate that makes for a much more stable ride both up and down the mountain. The Scout has full out sole coverage and Asics’ famous gel cushioning for the best comfort and protection for your feet.
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The North Face Single Track Hayasa
Featured in Outside Magazines summer buyer’s guide one of the best women’s running shoes, this pair is the ultimate combination shoe. The Hayasa is ultra-light and worn by some of the top women trail competitors. Comfort and support are the Hayasa’s leading qualities, slightly compromising the shoe’s protection and grip. But if you are just starting to give trail running a try or are in need of a shoe that transitions between the road and the trail with graceful ease, The North Face has catered this shoe just for you.
This shoe not only looks awesome but makes for a killer trail running experience. Patagonia, per usual exhibiting their dedication to the environment, makes this shoe using 100% recycled polyester. The specter is gender specific, built with 25% lighter foam for an easier stride. This shoe offers the ultimate flexibility and protection with forefoot absorption pads and flex grooves. Combine that with its’ durability and breathability, the Specter is one of the best women’s trail shoes on the market.
You’ve got the gear, you’ve got the drive. Get out on the trail and satisfy your sense of adventure in the best of what this season has to offer.