Trail Running is a sport of running in the middle of nature, this practice has been democratized quite recently and today is one of the sports in full expansion, more than 8 million people practice it in Europe alone. And we understand why, the trail is a sporting activity that mixes nature, effort, discovery and performance on different types of terrain.
Whether it is for fun, the discovery of new landscapes and new trails or to set new challenges, to surpass oneself, the trail is a perfect hobby. And when you start out, you quickly get a taste for this discipline.You therefore need good trail equipment that adapts to your practice and the season you practice. Come and take a look at our selection of trail shoes.
Some traileurs will train for more or less long trail races to aim for performance, a set time, or sometimes simply challenge themselves to finish the race.
Indeed, there are several types of trail running:
- The trail discovery with a distance of up to 25 km, between 0-400m elevation gain. - The trailshortdistance between 15 and 42km, with a positive difference in altitude of more than 400m. - The trail with a distance between 42 and 80km, with a positive difference in altitude of more than 600m. - L’ultra trail with more than 80km, positive altitude difference of more than 800m. - The verticals between 1 and 8km with a positive difference in altitude of more than 500m. - The skyrunning is the most technical race that lives up to its name because the participants in these races will move between heaven and earth. It is a race in the high mountains at an altitude above 2000m where the climbing difficulty does not exceed degree 2 and where the inclination is more than 30%.
We can cite the few races that are very successful today in the world of trail: Ultra trail du Mont Blanc, Lavaredo Trail, Tor des Géants, Diagonale des fous, Les templier, marathon du Mont Blanc, ...
Choosing the right equipment for your trail outings
The basis of trail equipment is having good running shoes. To do this, you must first ask yourself about your practice (long or short distance), the frequency of your sessions, the type of terrain on which you will run, the type of race you plan to do. Then, you need to look at the protection, waterproofing, breathability and grip you need. You can also read our article on how to choose the right trail shoes .
Indeed, we will advise you:
- A membranous shoe from autumn to winter and for the practice in high mountains.
- A light shoe for the vertical kilometer.
- A shoe which corresponds to you for the average distance.
- A shoe suitable for the long distance, in general it is a shoe with more cushioning.
- A shoe with more protection and resistance for trails in the scree slopes.
Once your needs and practices have been identified, all you have to do is choose among the reference brands in trail running, such as: Scott, Hoka One One, Dynafit, etc.La Sportiva, Scarpa.
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