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Are you wondering how you can improve your trail running? Whether you are running the Trail de la Pierre qui Tourne race or just recreational trails, two criteria must guide you when choosing a trail shoe: the type of terrain and the distance you will run.
• What type of trail shoe should you choose for dry terrain? On dry and rolling terrain, it is best to choose shoes with the least amount of lugs possible. For example: the Brooks Cascadia, Asics Fujitrabuco, Salomon Sense Range, Saucony Peregrine and Mizuno Rider TT.
• What type of trail shoe should you choose for muddy terrain? Running over loose soil or slick terrain (mud, snow, or sand) requires a shoe that grips, such as the unbeatable Speedcross by Salomon or Saucony Xodus. For waterproof shoes, aim for models with a patented Gore-Tex lining. For trails covered with snow or on icy terrain, you’ll appreciate the exceptional performance of the Vibram Arctic Grip sole, and the practicality of Michelin and Continental soles.
• What type of trail shoe should you choose for rocky or uneven terrain? You should only swear by shoes with a rock shield, such as the Brooks Cascadia, Salomon XA Elevate and Saucony Xodus.
• What type of shoe is required for long trails? Running ultra-trails requires good heel cushioning, which can be found in the Saucony Xodus and the Salomon Sense Ultra. For medium distances (15 to 30 km), you will appreciate the comfort of the Asics Fujitrabuco and Mizuno Wave Mujin. For short distances and fast trails (< 15 km), you should focus your attention on the forefoot so that your toes can get a grip when climbing or descending: the Asics Fujitrabuco and Brooks Cascadia will fit your needs.