Trail Running Shoe Review Spring 2014
Utemagasinet TRÄNA is a special issue about outdoor sports. It’s available in stores March 18. The issue features stories about fitness work out for trail runners, training tips for Åre Extreme Challenge, Sweden’s No 1 multisport race, mountainbiking around Göteborg etc. I have contributed with a review of 22 shoes for trail running, a travel story about speed hiking around Mont-Blanc together with photographer Dan Kullberg. I also worked with Dan on the photo shoot in Chamonix ‘Ultralätt och snabb som vinden’, with ultra lightweight gear for ultra running and speed hiking, selecting gear and scouting people, like ultra runners Elisabeth Hawker, Mike Foote, Stefano Gregoretti and Jacob Hastrup who were in Chamonix for the UTMB last week of august 2013.
Here is the list of some models featured in the shoe review: Ecco Biom Ultra Trail, Salomon X-Scream City Trail, Asics Fell Racer, Adidas Raven, Pearl Izumi Trail N2, La Sportiva Bushido, Salomon Fellraiser, The North Face Ultra Trailm Tecnica Demon X-Lite, Karhu Flow Trail, Inov-8 X-Talon 212, Salomon S-LAB Sense Ultra SG, Merrell AllOut Rush, Haglöfs LIM Low, Patagonia Everlong, Scott Trail Rocket, New Balance Minimus Trail 10, Altra Lone Peak, Merrell AllOut Fuse.
My favorites in this pack are: Pearl Izumi Trail N2, great shoe if you run many miles also on hard surfaces since it has plenty of cushioning. Working as a running coach I sometimes need to rest my legs. It’s also my pick for ultra-trail. Salomon Sense Ultra SG: the fit is amazingly tight for my narrow feet. So definitely a performance shoe, for fast runs on soft ground. Not my pick for ultra, since the cushioning is quite hard. The rubber in the outsole does not match the sticky rubber of Inov-8 X-Talon 212. The update feels great, I actually just back from a technical trail run with these shoes and some proper flat iron running Krupicka style, which the X-Talons 212’s manage without any disappointments. I’m still a fan. I also like Salomon Fellraiser. It actually performs well on both off-trail, single trail and dirt road. So If you’re looking for an all-round trail shoe with some comfort this is a good choice. It’s also a great alternative for ultra-trail thanks to it’s protective and cushioned midsole. I’m also quite fond of The North Face Ultra Trail, even though the midsole in the forefoot is a bit too thin, and that debris get stuck in the outsole. But the running feel is lovely, light and nimble. However I wish the forefoot weren’t so wide. Scott Trail Rocket is lovely, but a bit weak. The Kinabalu is a better shoe for trail.