FALL TRAIL SHOES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION -

HE FALL AL­WAYS SEEMS TO BE A GREAT TIME TO HIT THE IN AD­DI­TION TO PRO­VID­ING SOME VA­RI­ETY TO YOUR REG­U­LAR TRAIN­ING, TRAIL RUN­NING CAN BE A GREAT WAY TO WORK ON YOUR STRENGTH AND TURNOVER. THE SOFTER TER­RAIN CAN ALSO GIVE YOUR BONES AND JOINTS A BIT OF A BREAK, TOO. WHILE A REG­U­LAR PAIR OF TRAIN­ING SHOES WILL CER­TAINLY DO THE TRICK WHEN IT COMES TIME TO HIT THE TRAILS, JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE MA­JOR PLAY­ERS IN THE SHOE MAR­KET OF­FER AT LEAST ONE TRAIL-SPE­CIFIC MODEL WITH A BIT MORE SUP­PORT AND TRAC­TION TO EN­SURE YOU’LL GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TRAIL RUN­NING EX­PE­RI­ENCE.

NEW BAL­ANCE 880 GB7

$155 With a sur­pris­ing amount of cush­ion­ing in a light­weight shoe, the 880 GB7 feels fast but still has all the pro­tec­tion and sup­port you’ll need for even the long­est of trail ef­forts. The breath­able mesh Fan­tom­fit up­per uses a no-sew over­lay so you get a snug, but very com­fort­able fit. The mid­sole uses two lay­ers of foam to pro­vide a smooth ride even over gnarly rocks and roots. The blown rub­ber out­sole pro­vides lots of pro­tec­tion, dura­bil­ity and trac­tion. (314.5 g or 11 oz.)

SAU­CONY XODUS ISO 2

$170 This trail-spe­cific shoe sits at the top of Sau­cony’s Ru­nany­where col­lec­tion and it lives up to ex­pec­ta­tions – this shoe will get you through even the tough­est ter­rain in style. The trail-spe­cific Isofit sys­tem is de­signed to give you added pro­tec­tion in a neu­tral, low-rid­ing shoe so you are less likely to roll over on your an­kles as you hit rocky ter­rain or run over root-laden trails. The ex­ter­nal sup­port frame on the shoe pro­vides ex­tra pro­tec­tion and seems to hug your heel, while the beefy out­sole of­fers out­stand­ing trac­tion and dura­bil­ity. Weigh­ing just a hair over 261 g (9.2 oz.), the Xodus ISO 2 is very light and easy to turnover quickly on the trails.

UN­DER AR­MOUR HORI­ZON RTR

$140 The lat­est ver­sion of the Hori­zon trail shoe from Un­der Ar­mour, the RTR of­fers lots of cush­ion­ing and sup­port, mak­ing it an ideal op­tion for the most chal­leng­ing trails. The shoe ex­udes dura­bil­ity with a breath­able tex­tile up­per and high-trac­tion rub­ber lug out­sole that pro­vides lots of trac­tion. The mesh heel and moulded col­lar cups the back of your foot, en­sur­ing a snug fit and pro­vid­ing lots of lat­eral sta­bil­ity that will keep you upright through rocky ter­rain or over trails that re­quire ne­go­ti­at­ing around lots of big roots. The Charged Cush­ion­ing foam puck in the heel pro­vides lots of cush­ion­ing. At 340 g (12 oz.) th­ese are a bit heav­ier than other shoes in our re­view, but for those look­ing for dura­bil­ity and sup­port for rough out­ings will ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port and cush­ion­ing th­ese shoes pro­vide.

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