The Trail is a discipline for lovers of running and the nature. But not that! The trail provides feelings of surpassing oneself, freedom, discovery of new horizons... For these good sensations to be at the rendezvous, you must choose the equipment adapted to your practice and your comfort.
Whether you practice trail pleasure or in competition, on short or long distances
When you choose your shoes, the protection, impermeabilitythe breathability, adhesion are as many criteria to be taken into account in your choice, these are more or less important according to :
The choice of mesh on the top of the shoe, often called meshis important and is based on how you use the shoe. A dense and tight mesh ensures a protection and a maintenance important foot, but the breathability of the shoe is diminished by it. When, on the other hand, the shoe has a ventilated mesh, it will allow a faster water evacuation. It is therefore important to choose your mesh according to the terrain you practice on. If you go to a field stonythe mesh must be resistant, facing a wet ground a tightened mesh see raincoat On dry ground, the ideal is to have a mesh that is more airy to increase breathability, and it can also be interesting to take extra protection against the weather. Especially in winter, on wet and/or muddy terrain, it is advisable to take trail shoes with waterproof protection. The reference in the material is often the Gore-Tex but many brands of trail shoes have now developed their own waterproof membranes which work just as well and are usually cheaper.
The sole of the shoe also has a role in your choice. It is composed of 3 soles:
- the insole bringing comfort and sweat shedding,
- the midsole which contributes to the stability and theamortized,
- the outer sole in direct contact with the soil, its role is theadhesion and grip for all types of terrain.
For running in the city or in the countryside, it is strongly recommended to have a EVA midsolea foam that brings stability, comfort and amortized.
The outer sole must be adapted to the type of terrain on which you wish to practice:
- On wet and/or greasy ground : It must hang on, and have fairly deep cleats. If the ground is rather rocky, spaced crampons are preferable.
- 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 back of the shoe and therefore corresponds to the inclination of the foot in the trail shoe. It is measured in millimetres, usually found from 0 to 12 mm. It is necessary to pay particular attention to the drop, when you choose a trail shoe because it can be the cause of injury if it is not suitable for your practice. Indeed, the higher it is high and more it pushes you to put the heel first, which increases the impacts and tends to traumatize your joints and your body. The universal drop is 8 mm. The more you run, the more you know your stride and the more you can choose shoes with the right drop for your use. With a lower drop, you run more on the front of the foot, limiting impacts but putting more strain on the calves.
Then the lightness is also to be taken into account in the choice of your trail shoes. Again, it will depend on the type of terrain where you run. If you run on rocky terrain, it is preferable to have stone guards to protect your feet, which tends to make the shoe heavier. However, on softer paths, the ideal is to have shoes that are lighter and less rigid than those with stone guards.
Finally, the comfort is part of one of the most important criteria, feeling good in your sneakers, that's the basis. To begin when you try on shoes, you must feel good in them immediately, if you perceive the slightest discomfort, forget it, it may become more pronounced during your outings trail. The best if you can is to walk, then run to test them. As for the size of the shoe, it is best to choose a half, or even according to some brands, a size above your daily shoe size. The goal is to avoid rubbing your feet, which swell with effort and heat, while maintaining precision and keeping your foot in place.