seano wrote:For reasonable trails, pretty much any running shoe, road or otherwise, is fine.
ExcitableBoy wrote:I suppose that depends upon what your definition of a 'reasonable' trail is. On a gravel covered, well graded, mainatined trail will no potholes, roots, rocks, holes, etc, then road shoes are fine. Any other type of trail than could cause the foot to roll, a trail running with good lateral stability is a much better option.
seano wrote:And if it's lateral stability you want, it seems like something that fits well with the thinnest adequate sole would be best, since it has less play and puts your ankle closer to the ground.
ExcitableBoy wrote:The Asics are really a road shoe hardened for trail use (improved lateral stability, harder midsole to prevent rocks/roots from damaging the underfoot). For good, well maintained trails these are great shoes. I find them lacking in protection for nasty trails (lots of big rocks and roots) and off trail. They also fit my feet very well (narrowish heel, wideish forefoot).
ExcitableBoy wrote:I may just be sensitive since I've class 3 sprained both ankles; one ankle twice, (once running, once skiing, and once climbing, or rather falling) but I can feel the difference between a quality trail shoe and a road shoe in lateral stability, not to mention foot protection, both underfoot and top of foot. .
ExcitableBoy wrote:I don't buy the whole 'heel striking' is bad thing. If you have bad knees or whatever, this may help, otherwise it is not necessary. I have been running competitvely (heel striking) for 20 years, my running partner for 35 years (also heel striking) with no injuries and over 100 marathons and ultra marathons between us. Short answer is; some folks weren't made to run. I complete with the best ultrarunners on the planet (Scott Jurek, who is also a physical therapist) and Uli Stedeli and neither of them buy into that nonsese either. They wear proper trail running shoes.
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