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Are You A Trail Running Shoe Junkie?

trail-running-shoe-sunDo you have pairs of trail running shoes like a golfer has a variety of golf clubs to match a particular shot?

For example:

  • Trail shoe A – General all-around trail shoe. 100 miler shoe.
  • Trail shoe B – Muddy conditions.
  • Trail shoe C – Extremely technical conditions.
  • Trail shoe D –  Racing trail shoe. 50 miles or less.

For road running, I have two pairs; a general training shoe and a lighter, more minimal racing shoe. Things are pretty simple on the road.

The trail appears like it could be a different beast due to the wide range of conditions (mud, sand, 1000 ft climbs, gnarly terrain, water, snow, etc) one could be exposed to. I currently use one pair of trail shoes, the Montrail Mountain Masochist. They have worked well for all the trails and conditions I have ran on but I am curious what you all think and your experiences.

Do you own multiple pairs of trail shoes to fit a particular trail condition/situation or are you a one shoe fits all kind of runner?

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

4 Responses to “Are You A Trail Running Shoe Junkie?”

  1. on 09 Mar 2010 at 12:43 pm Blaine Moore

    Mostly, I wear Inov-8 Roclite 315s as my trail shoe of choice. I currently have 4 pairs in rotation, although 1 pair needs to be tossed. My original pair that’s still going strong (but doesn’t have much tread left) has about 700 miles on them, my second pair fell apart after about 150 miles, and I have 2 new pairs this winter that I used to compare sheet metal screws to ice spikes.

    For trail running, I also have an old pair of North Face trail shoes that I don’t really like and need to be recycled and a pair of Vibram 5-Fingers that will probably start seeing more use now that it’s warming up. And, I will also head out barefoot depending upon the trail conditions.

    For the roads, I have a lot of different types of shoes, but mostly just run in my racing flats, the Vibrams or barefoot.

    I’ve yet to run a trail race over 50k or a road race over 50 miles so I’m not sure how well they’ll hold up for longer races.

  2. on 09 Mar 2010 at 9:40 pm Sarah

    Right now I only have 3 different models of trails shoes (Inov-8 Flyrocs, Montrail – forget the model name – and Brooks ASR). The Montrails are more heavy duty, the Inov-8’s light and nimble, and the ASR’s my go to shoes when I’m running part road, part trail. I really want to try out the Brooks Cascadia’s so I’ll soon have 4 pairs of trail shoes.

    I also have 3 pairs of road shoes but they’re all the same model (Brooks Adrenalines). I’m definitely more of a trail shoe junkie!

  3. on 09 Mar 2010 at 9:59 pm Ryan

    For the trail I recently got a pair of New Balance MT100’s that I’m really enjoying (ran my first trail marathon in those), trying to cycle those with some super cheap Asics I picked up at Marshalls (did my first 30k race in those), my old high school cross country flats and some Salomons my wife convinced me to get for hiking.

    I’m less likely to pick my trail shoes based on conditions than I am to pick a shoe I simply haven’t worn in a while. That being said, on the road I tend to wear flats at the track, nike free’s on daily runs and some lightweight asics trainers on longer road runs.

    Now if only I could help my wife understand this so she wouldn’t give me so much grief on all my running shoes!

  4. on 10 Mar 2010 at 9:17 pm David Hanenburg

    It appears I may be in the minority for the shoe-count department. 🙂