How to Choose a Trail Shoe

The trail shoe differs from the road shoe because of the grip needs protection (stone guards) and cushioning in addition to the usual criteria of a “road”. A good trail shoe should meet the requirements of road shoes (amortized, dynamism, comfort, weight) while answering these four features: grip, stability, protection and durability.

The choice of a trail shoe will be performed in several stages:

The first will be why and for what type of terrain you want to buy these shoes?
Here only you are able to answer this question. You have to think in whole and study all the races in your program for the season. The choice will be relative to your goals races, other events to your calendar to allow mainly to test the equipment and therefore your running!

If you do not know the profile of the events, visit shopping, ask friends who have already participated and surf the net, you will find your happiness.

You can determine your needs and the level of grip of the sole, the need or not to have waterproof shoes, size of the cushioning (beware of raids, reinforcements and Rockfall.

The second criterion is you!
Trust your own experience. What are the models that already meet your expectations and those that do not suit you? It will be a base that lets you know the data necessary for your comfort.

Finally you listening!
The first feeling when the shoe is put on is very important. This is what is called in the jargon of the rider: the comforts of home. It is neither more nor less, the feeling you have when you set it for the first time, she is right! If you do not feel good in, do not attempt to adjust your positioning. A seam rub your foot is not comfortable, it is not the right model. And do not yield to the ease: it’s not because it’s the shoe of a high level traileur or friend that suits you!

This is to remember the importance of testing the shoes. The choice is made, you can always buy in the store or on specialized websites.

The decision time
is not uncommon for the traileur has two or even three pairs of trail depending on the races that it will or must participate. The day before the race we must choose. Choose the pair that seems to meet your needs conscientiously. To do this, check before on the nature of the ground, on the positive and negative vertical drop and especially the weather (the requirement grip will not be the same on dry land or fat!).

And whatever happens, do not come back over and over cogitez! This is not a last-minute change that will alter the outcome of your race! In the end, it will be more disturbing than anything else!

For ultra-trail, you can still provide a change of “tire” has a supply, but remember that this is only the race nature and not of the Formula 1 …