Mak­ing Kona on 12 Hours a Week

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENT -

The fall is a great time to take a break from the roads and ex­plore some new ter­rain. It’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to for­get about hit­ting a cer­tain pace and sim­ply ex­plore some of the trails in your area. Those trail ef­forts will be a lot more fun with the right shoe – we’ve got some sug­ges­tions for you here that are sure to fit the bill.

Inov-8 Terra Ul­tra G260

$200 This sum­mer Inov-8, the com­pany that is based in the heart of fell-run­ning heaven, the Lake Dis­trict in north­ern Eng­land, launched a new series of train­ing shoes that in­cor­po­rate graphene, con­sid­ered the world’s strong­est ma­te­rial. The shoe most likely to fit the bill here in Canada is the Terra Ul­tra G260, which is geared for harder packed trails than you’ll typ­i­cally see in the green, green fells around the com­pany’s head of­fice. The shoe, weigh­ing 260 g, fea­tures a graphene-en­hanced rub­ber out­sole, breath­able mesh up­per en­forced with Kevlar and a low-rid­ing neu­tral plat­form that makes it re­ally easy to keep your legs turn­ing over on the trails.

Sau­cony Xo­dus ISO3

$180 Us­ing Sau­cony’s Everun mid­sole ma­te­rial through­out you get lots of light­weight, com­fort­able cush­ion­ing in the Xo­dus ISO3. This light­weight (349 g) trail run­ning trainer has a com­fort­able Isofit mesh up­per that pro­vides lots of breath­able sup­port. Trac­tion comes from the 6 mm out­sole lugs on the dual com­pound pwr­trac and XT-900 out­sole. The end re­sult is a fast feel­ing shoe with lots of sup­port and trac­tion, per­fect for your next trail ef­fort.

Un­der Ar­mour UA Hori­zon 50

$180 These heavy-duty trail run­ners could eas­ily dou­ble as hik­ing shoes, too, but at 337 g, they are con­sid­er­ably lighter than any hik­ing boot. There’s a quick-dry­ing air mesh up­per that fits snug to your foot and breaths well, so you’ll re­main com­fort­able on longer ef­forts, too. The neu­tral last and full-length EVA mid­sole pro­vides lots of flex­i­bil­ity and cush­ion­ing, so you get the best of both worlds when it comes to quick turnover and sup­port as you hit the trails. There’s a welded heel and toe cap for abra­sion re­sis­tance, lots of trac­tion tanks to the zonal rub­ber out­sole and the Ly­cra stretch col­lar en­sures you won’t get sand, rocks or twigs in the shoe on gnarly trails.

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