220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

The fact this trail shoes test has left us fit­ter than we’ve ever been in late Novem­ber (just in time for a bar­ren tri cal­en­dar!) is tes­ta­ment to the en­joy­ment and fit­ness gains that come from trail run­ning. All of the shoes here had el­e­ments that we’d rec­om­mend, but with ma­jor dif­fer­ences in their in­tended use.

The Salomon is just too niche for all-round con­sid­er­a­tion, and we’ll only be us­ing them if a snowy sea­son ar­rives. The ul­tra-tar­get­ing Scotts share some of the Salomon’s firm­ness and lack of ver­sa­til­ity, while the Asics and Saucony were two ma­jor-brand dis­ap­point­ments and were both trounced by Brooks.

The parkrun-friendly New Bal­ance beat the Mer­rell in the bat­tle of the light­weight race-day num­bers, while the fair­weather Columbia have the top com­fort tag. That leaves Inov- 8 and Hoka vy­ing for the win. Both are fast, comfy and ver­sa­tile, but the Hoka edge it due to their lower weight and cheaper price.

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