Backpacking Gear & Tips : Trail Shoes vs. Trail Runners

Backpacking Gear & Tips : Trail Shoes vs. Trail Runners


Now if you decide to go with a shoe, then
you’ve got to make the decision: are you going with a trail shoe, or a trail runner? The
key difference between the two is support. The trail shoe, typically much more rigid
across the bottom, the upper is much more supportive. The trail shoe–trail runner,
a little more flexible, less support in the upper. What does that mean? It means that
the muscles in your foot are going to have to do a little bit more work when you’re standing
or going sideways on an incline. Your foot will have the feeling of sloughing over the
side. A trail shoe is basically a hiking boot without the ankle support. The upper is going
to be similar, and it will hold your foot up and not have that sloughing effect. But,
a lot of people are going with the trail runner. It’s much lighter, and a pound in your foot
is worth four in the pack, so knocking weight off, just think – picking this up, putting
it down, picking this up, putting it down. But I recommend, go to your local outfitter,
try them on, see which one is right for you.

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  1. Dude. Trailrunners are more comfortable and more cushioning which is great for people with foot problems. But they don't last. They last like a regular running shoe would. They make many super comfortable hiking shoes too, though. But that bouncy, cushiony stuff in between the tread and the footbed really makes a difference in comfort.

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