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Mike
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Runners input please

Post by Mike » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:11 am

As I'm abit bored of riding the bike at the moment I thought id take up running again. Ive a new pair of salamon cross3 or something along those lines but they are to narrow on the toes and have rubbed a hole in my both my feet :roll:

So runners amongst us, what trail shoes can you recommend me for off road running please. Preferably with a wider toe box than salamon

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Post by woodsmith » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:26 am

Altra brand have a wide toe box. I've got feet like a bloody camel and have found the Altra Lone Peaks to be about the only thing that actually fits me.

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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:32 am

Inov8. Always used to be wide though nowadays they seem to grade them, think 5 is widest.

Brooks Caldera (bit wooden planky) or Cascadia (mega comfy).

Shoes are like saddles though, very personal.

Have you sized up a bit? I run in shoes a full euro size bigger than day2day trainers.

Often good deals on Sportshoes.com

Proper runners will be along soon because I'm a pretty rubbish example :wink:

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Post by Landslide » Tue Jan 05, 2021 12:52 am

I've tried on a few pairs of Salomon and found them narrow. I get on well with Decathlon stuff, and have some Kalenji trail shoes that fit nicely.

Other sizing points of reference; I've tried on a lot of cycling shoes and found Shimano, Northwave, Gaerne, Sidi too narrow. Specialized and Lake fit nicely.

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Post by AndyTheBikeGuy » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:07 am

I’ve flittered between Salomon, Adidas and Inov8 for the last few years and have a wide forefoot and have settled on Inov8s suiting me best. I have a pair of Mudclaws for the really muddy stuff and then a pair of Terraultras for rock and forest trail and I used them for scrambles through the summer too. The terraultras are great on just about anything except really slippery mud. Mudclaws are mainly just a spare pair for when the terraultras are drying now.
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Post by Piemonster » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:07 am

Inov 8 X Talon Ultra 260.

Wider than Mud Claws which are too narrow for me. I’d prefer the 260s to have a smaller heel to toe drop but I seem happy enough in them in pretty much any off road terrain from fell to field edge paths.

I like them enough that I’m now down to 2 pairs* of running shoes rather than the collection I had previously. Fit wise they’re superb for me.

260s for all off road and some Brooks offerings for road/easy trail.

*im ignoring the studded winter trainers which are in no danger of wearing out these days

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Post by sean_iow » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:21 am

I used to wear Inov8's and they were comfy, but they don't seem to last very long, the uppers split in under 200 miles.

My current shoes are Scott Kinabalu, it's taken me over 800 miles and over a year to wear these out. They have a reasonable width, but isn't loosing toe nails how you know you're a 'proper' runner :wink:
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Post by GregMay » Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:49 am

I'd have said go to a shop....but yeah...not much of that.

It's so variable. Think about where you're going to run (surface wise) most and then look at threads that suit that (similar to tyres) then look at models available.

FWIW I flit between VJsport, NVii, Inov8, Hoka and Muzino depending on where I'm running. No right shoe, just the correct tool for the job you're about to do.
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Post by stevewaters » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:34 pm

I have been very impressed with the Hoka One One Torrent 2 shoe:

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/hoka-one-one-t ... nning-shoe

I had not heard of them before but the shoe is robust and offers good cushioning but not too much that I feel I am on platforms.

I have only done about 100 miles in them so far in the Dark Peak (Kinder) on gritstone rock and winter mush and they clean up looking almost new and the sole is barely worn.

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Post by firestarter » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:47 pm

Love my lone peaks

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Post by Chew » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:54 pm

Not much use at the moment, but as Greg says its best going to a proper shop where you can try on a few and have a go on a running machine to check.

Usually size up slightly over a normal shoe to stop your toes hitting the front of the shoes.

Where abouts are they rubbing?

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Post by Cheddar Man » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:18 pm

I wear Decathlon trail shoes for orienteering, I find them very comfortable.

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Post by Sussex Paul » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:20 pm

Saloman do offer what they call "Generous Fit" and "Wide Fit" shoes, i've not tried them as I'm fine in the standard fit, but might be worth looking at.

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Post by Dave Barter » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:34 pm

This thread made me look at my Salomans in detail.

The horror of my heel striking..I'm going to need a new set soon :sad:
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Post by rando nomad » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:52 pm

Hi Dave

Brooks Cascadia fan here. Wider toe box than the cross shoes, decent tread. Saucany Perigrine are also wider and have a more agressive tread for wet conditions.

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Post by Supernova » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:21 pm

As others have said, shoes are personal, like saddles. However, I’ve taken in recent years to buying a size larger than for a normal shoe just so your feet can spread when they’re walloped down at running speed.

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Post by Mike » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:46 pm

Thanks all, ill be doing some searching in the next few days :-bd

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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:57 pm

What size are you?

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Post by sean_iow » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:10 pm

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:57 pm
What size are you?
I was wondering that as well, I'm hoping for a cheap pair of size 10.5 Salomon's to come up in the classifieds :grin:
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Post by GregMay » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:11 pm

stevewaters wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:34 pm
I have been very impressed with the Hoka One One Torrent 2 shoe:
On my second pair of these, first pair did just over 500km during the first lockdown - second pair on about 300km and not looking good. As the upper and lower are just glued together they tend to separate - problem with Hokas across the board really.

Not sure if I'd buy another pair, but they are really comfortable up to about 50km at a time. Even on really technical ground they cope well.
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Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:22 pm

I'm mainly using Hoka Speedgoats, replacement for the Challenger ATRs that eventually got too soft.

I also have Salomon Speedcross. Not as comfy on hard surfaces but the increased grip occasionally makes them the better choice.

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Post by ChrisF » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:24 pm

I like my Altra Lone Peaks. They have a very wide toe box that lets your foot spread out. Also zero drop so encourage a more ‘natural’ running style.

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Post by Cheeky Monkey » Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:19 am

Struggled to get Hoka's to fit me until a recent re-issue-ish of the Speedgoat (II?). Very nice but still a little slender, particularly at the front / toes

Altra's very wide compared to lots of other brands but the zero drop of the sole is something I struggled with, being a bit of a heel striker in my running "style" (never have inverted commas been so appropriate!).

Always found Inov8's, whilst often a cracking fit, a bit firm for me, my knees and the loads they have to endure.

Old faithfuls for me are the Brooks Cascadia's and they are usually on sale at this time of year. Them or the Speedgoats.

Beware, running shoe styles and models re-launch more often than the MTB industry invents new standards and they can change the size / shape etc etc which makes the "same" shoe from last season "perfect" but this season's "mleh" or even worse "argh". The bonus is that frequent cycles usually mean good discounts.

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