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Running Shoes With the Best Traction

written by Guest Blogger February 20, 2013

Are you into running? Especially running in the wild? If you are, you’ll love today’s guest post by Felicia Baratz who reviews 5 different running shoes that provide great traction for wilderness trails. 

Trail runners are a special breed of athlete for whom long-distance runs on a nice paved road simply aren’t enough of a challenge. They like unpredictable terrain, sharp rocks and an upended tree root in the middle of the trail every once in a while. Trail running requires shoes that are up to the task, shoes with a protective sole and more stability than most standard running shoes offer.

Asics GT-2170

Asics GT-2170s are lightweight and well-cushioned to help absorb shock. A large gel unit increases stability and comfort; gender-specific engineering in the Space Trusstic system means men and women will get a shoe that fits properly. Runners who can’t resist stepping in puddles and streams will appreciate the breathable mesh uppers and the sock liners made from a trademarked antibacterial ComfortDry material.

Brooks Pure Grit

Brooks Pure Grit trail shoe is valued for its impact protection and low profile. Runner’s World rated this shoe a “best buy” in 2012. Testers for the magazine appreciated the shoe’s gripping tread and lightweight design. Runners who like the idea of barefoot running but don’t want to completely give up cushioning will like Pure Grit’s happy marriage of minimalism and shock absorption. The shoe is considered extremely breathable and is best for fast-paced training.

Vivobarefoot Neo Trail

The Vivobarefoot is for trail runners who want to get as close as possible to barefoot running without actually being barefoot. The toothy lugs of the shoe bottom are made from hard rubber for a secure grip on the trail. The barefoot engineering offers little impact protection, but testers report the fit is excellent and the roomy toe box is comfortable.

Scarpa Spark

Best known for their rock climbing and mountaineering boots, Scarpa developed a hit with the light, flexible Spark. A plate beneath the forefoot offers trail runners an extra layer of protection while keeping the shoe weight less than 10 ounces for men and a trim 8.3 ounces for women. The Spark is a good choice for the eco-conscious; 25 percent of the out-sole is made from recycled rubber and the laces are 100 percent recycled plastic.

Lafuma SpeedTrail

The Lafuma SpeedTrail features a Twin Lace System to allow for a fit so close it will feel custom made. Made for all-terrain use, the mesh upper provides excellent breathability and dries quickly. The Vibram sole of the Lafuma is made for traction when running on rocky, wet or slick surfaces. This shoe is ideal for serious trail runners who need durability and comfort in any situation.

While it is possible to wear standard running shoes on wilderness trails, it’s not recommended as a long-term solution. Even the best shoes designed for street runners may not provide the type of traction and stability needed for serious training on wild terrain. If you’re just taking up the sport of trail running or want to devote more time to it, invest in the right equipment to protect yourself from injury and keep you where you want to be – on the run.

About the Author

Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.

Before making your decision on footwear designed for rocky terrain based on Felicia’s review, consider this review on Skecher’s GOrun shoes

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