Trail-running shoes are specially designed keeping in mind the rough and varying terrain of trails. They are more durable and have better traction, proper cushioning and other protection elements as compared to your normal shoes. You may be able to run on flatter trails with your normal shoes, but trail-running shoes are a better, safer, and more reliable option. The trail-running shoes have a better grip which makes fast running, sudden stops, jerks, climbing hills, and going through steep terrain easy breezy.
Tips for Choosing a Trail-Running Shoe
Here are some tips for choosing your perfect trail-running shoe:
- Keep in mind the type of trail. There are three main types of trails:
- Flat trails with dirt and grass but no obstacles.
- Rough trails with many obstacles such as jagged rocks and roots.
- A combination of the above two, i.e., a mix of flat and rough trails.
- Try several pairs to see which one fits you the best. The best way to determine if your trail-running shoe is a perfect fit is when there is at least a thumb’s width of space between the front-end of your shoe and the tip of your toe. Just because you wear a certain size of shoes of a particular brand does not mean that its trail-running shoe of the same size will be perfect for you. Try several pairs of shoes of the same style you want to get and choose the one that feels the most comfortable.
- The amount of cushioning is important in determining how much you want to feel the trail and how much softness you need in your shoes. Every trail-running shoe is different in terms of midsole thickness and the amount of cushioning it offers. To determine how much cushioning works best for you, consider the trail you are running on (the rough the trail is, the more cushioning will you need) and your cushioning preference.
- Trail-running shoes provide a wide range of traction. If you plan to run on flatter trails, you should go for outsoles with a smooth, flat surface. On the other hand, if your trail includes slippery sections of rocks, wet grass, and mud, you may want to go for aggressive outsoles covered with knobs that can safely dig into soft and wet surfaces without you losing balance.
How Long Do Trail-Running Shoes Last?
A pair of good quality trail-running shoes can go a long way. However, you need to replace your trail-running shoes after every 300 to 500 miles of trail-running or after every 18 months. Do not wait for your shoes to wear off in the middle of running; most running shoes are designed to last for a maximum limit of 500 miles.
Make sure you select your trail-running shoes by their features and attributes and not solely their price. Once you find your perfect shoes, trail-running will be a lot more fun.