Lightweight, cushioned and fast draining – great for long runs and puddles.Read More
If you’re after a shoe for serious racing or a fast fun in the fells, this is for you. Light and responsive, the superb X-Talon 212 is perfect for those wanting to speed their way over rough terrain. Its foot-hugging fit is comfortable as well as brilliant for fast running on technical trails. The 8mm sticky rubber studs are super-grippy, allowing for high-speed cornering and contouring even on the muddiest of hills. It also sheds mud and water well and offers excellent foot protection. Surprisingly for a shoe that’s so obviously designed for the fells, it’s even comfortable and grippy on the road. 6mm drop.
VERDICT: Superb grip, highly responsive and great comfort. A top fell shoe.
The Mutant is a funky looking mountain-running shoe with an emphasis on durability, foot protection and stability rather than minimal weight. La Sportiva’s heritage lies in mountaineering shoes, and it has used the experience to produce a protective sole unit with a 10mm drop that works well on dry mountain terrain but is also good in mud and on grass. The Spyral tongue wraps the foot, giving a lot of adjustment to foot shape and adding to the stability; it also acts as a grit gaiter. The Mutant has a slightly wider fit than some La Sportivas, which
works well for longer-distance mountain running.
VERDICT: A tough and dependable long-distance mountain-running shoe.
The Speedcross 4 manages to deliver top-notch precision and grip in a super-comfortable, protective shoe. The aggressive lugs give superb traction on muddy and rocky terrain, whether you’re climbing, descending or contouring steep hillsides, yet the ride is smooth and cushioned enough for hard-packed trails. The only conditions it’s not great in is on wet, slippery rocks and roads, as the rubber’s not as sticky as some on test, and if you’re running through water the padded upper means it doesn’t drain quickly. But for an all-round off-road shoe – anything from a 5k to an ultra – they’re hard to beat. 10mm drop.
VERDICT: Protective, cushioned, grippy and comfortable. A great all-round off-roader.
Precise, protective and grippy, with great long-distance comfort too.
Light and exciting for training or racing on any terrainRead More
Outstanding comfort and performance. The perfect trail shoe.Read More
Comfortable, lightweight and cushioned – perfect for recovery running.Read More
A good value waterproof shoe that’s a bit heavy for running.Read More
A stylish and interesting shoe; great for road to trail.Read More
Padded and very comfortable – good for trail ultras or longer training.Read More
A tough, durable barefoot shoe, at home on slippy trails and dry paths.Read More
A racing and training shoe giving excellent grip in all conditions.Read More
A comfortable shoe that does well in the mud.Read More
Comfy road-friendly shoe happy with brief encounters of the muddy kind.Read More
Light racing shoes with a strong combo of grip and cushioning for testing winter trails.Read More
A stiff yet responsive 'barefoot' shoe, best for drier trails.Read More
An exciting shoe – grippy, well cushioned and responsive on most trail surfaces.Read More
A unique running shoe, Hokas could be a good choice for ultra long distance runners, or anyone running long distances on hard-packed trails all through the year.Read More
A good, lightweight shoe for trail or racing o dry trails, the Pure Grit 4 makes an ideal summer trail shoe for a wide variety of trails and races.Read More