The Trail is a discipline for lovers of running and nature. But not only ! The trail provides sensations of surpassing oneself, of freedom, of discovering new horizons ... You have to choose the right equipment to your practice and your comfort to get perfect feeling.
Whether you enjoy fun or competitive trail running, short or long distances
When you choose your shoes, the protection, waterproofness, breathability, adhesion are all criteria to take into account in your choice. You have also taker into account :
- the frequency of your sessions,
- the distance you are riding
- the type of land.
The choice of mesh on the top of the shoe is important and depends on the use you have of the shoe. A dense and tight mesh provides protection and a significant foot support, but the breathability of the shoe is reduced.
When, on the contrary, the shoe has an airy mesh, it will allow a faster evacuation of the water. It is therefore important to choose your mesh according to the soil where you practice. If you go on a stony ground, the mesh must be resistant, in front of a wet ground a tight mesh even waterproof will be of setting, on dry ground, the ideal is to have a mesh more ventilated to gain in breathability. also be interesting to take extra protection against meteorological elements.
Especially in winter, on wet and / muddy grounds, it is advisable to take trail shoes with waterproof protection. The reference in the field is often the Gore-Tex but many brands of trail shoes have today developed their own waterproof membranes that work just as well and are generally less expensive.
The sole of the shoe also has a role in your choice. It is composed of 3 soles:
- the insole that brings comfort and evacuation of sweat,
- the midsole that contributes to stability and cushioning,
- The outsole in direct contact with the ground, its role is the grip and grip for all types of terrain.
For running in the city or in nature, it is strongly recommended to have an EVA midsole, a foam that provides stability, comfort and cushioning.
The outsole has to be adapted to the type of ground on which you wish to practice:
- On a wet and / or greasy ground: It must hang, and have enough crampons. If the terrain is rather rocky, spaced crampons are preferred.
- On dry ground: The sole requires more flexibility.
Another important component of the trail shoe is the drop. It can strongly influence your stride. The drop is the difference in height between the front and the back of the shoe and therefore corresponds to the inclination of the foot in the trail shoe. It is measured in millimeters, usually it is found from 0 to 12 mm. You must pay particular attention to the drop, when choosing your trail shoe because it can cause injury if it is not suitable for your practice.
In fact, the higher it is, the more it pushes you to put the heel first, which increases the impact and tends to traumatize your joints and your body. The universal drop is 8 mm. The more you run, the more you know about your stride and the more you can choose drop shoes for your use. With a lower drop, you run more on the front of the foot, limiting the impact but which stresses the calves.
Then the lightness is also to take into account in the choice of your trail shoes. Again, this will depend on the type of terrain where you run. If you are running on rocky terrain, it is better to have stone guards to protect your feet, which tends to weigh down the boot. By cons on more flexible paths, the ideal is to have shoes lighter and less rigid than with stone barriers.
Finally, comfort is one of the most important criteria, feel good in his shoes is the basis. To start when you try shoes, you must be in it immediately, if you perceive the slightest discomfort, forget it, it may increase during your outings trail. The best if you can, is to walk, then run to test them. As for the size of the footwear, it is better to choose a half, or even according to some brands, a size above your shoe size quot