TRENDING: ULTRAS AND OBSTACLES
THE SEARCH FOR SPEED Trail running continues to grow but also to diversify and brands are responding by widening their product ranges to include shoes to suit different distances and terrains.
As the 100k has gone from the exception to (almost) the everyday, the world of trail running has embarked on a diversification. Many ultras now feature sizeable elevation gains à la UTMB, or are stretched out to 200, 300 or even 400km (Ultra Trail Gobi) placing ever greater empasis on light and highly functional gear such as Ultraaspire’s packs and hydration solutions. Some shorter races are stressing their vertical nature too, even using building stairwells instead of trails. Others are experimenting with themes, team and relay formats. Another phenomena is the rise of obstacle races (Tough Mudder, Spartan Race) which mimic military courses, rather than relying on natural challenges. While they are not for running purists, their popularity is of interest to organisers of outdoor events. Where will all this lead us? Who knows. But clearly the need for challenge burns bright in many, and that can only be a good thing.
Winner of a coveted Outdoor Industry Award, this rugged shoe uses a polyurethane frame to support the upper as well as in the sole.