We review a selection of footwear designed to have you flying flflyingflying over the trails
Lightweight, super-fast shoes on test
Designed with Skyrunning in mind, this shoe is claimed to offer “perfect stability” on all types of off-road terrain. We found the sole is wonderfully grippy on a wide range of surfaces, including wet rock. It’s not extensively cushioned, yet the foot feels protected enough on rocky surfaces and the result is that you feel close to the ground for speedy running with precision. The heel cup is very secure, which along with easily tightened laces creates a great snug fit. The grips also extend over the edge of the shoe to go slightly around the sides – great for contouring. The fit comes up small, so go up by half a size when buying; 6mm drop. As the name 'FKT' suggests, speed is the key feature. This is a very comfortable all-rounder shoe for speedy, multi-terrain trail running. The gusseted tongue is especially comfy. The heel fit isn’t quite as snug as some of the others, but the grip is very good on all surfaces apart from the muddiest of muddy trails. The cushioning is plenty sufficient for comfort without losing the feel of the uneven trails underfoot, making it a responsive, precise shoe. The lower-than-average price and 10mm drop are good for beginners transitioning to trail shoes from traditional road shoes. Go up one size on your usual when ordering. The toe box tapers quite early so it’s not necessarily one for runners with spread toes. The sole’s widely spaced lugs make it fantastically grippy on all surfaces including mud, while the ample cushioning means you can run to the trails on roads with no discomfort. You feel close to the ground despite the cushioning and 10mm heelto-toe drop. Although it's on the heavier side compared to the others on test, that makes it a brilliant shoe for beginners transitioning from traditional road shoes to trail. The very thin quick-lacing cord can be tricky to pull tight with cold fingers. The fit comes up small so a half-size bigger was required. Superlight, these are a great option for racing and they feel like slippers to put on. The incorporated On 'Speedboard' is designed to promote explosive forward motion on the ascent. The unique, multiarched sole definitely creates bounce, but also instability. It's like running on rubber bubbles, which takes some getting used to. "Soft landings and firm takeoffs" is what the manufacturers promise. We found the grip to be OK but the sole slippier on damp rock than most here. Also, the lugs could benefit from more bite for muddier trails. The laces are thin, making them harder to use with freezing fingers; 6mm drop.