TRAIL RUNNING SHOES VS RUNNING SHOES: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Wondering what trail running shoes are for? Find out how to choose between trail running sneakers or road shoes for your next workout.
JUST THE FACTS: WHAT ARE TRAIL RUNNING SHOES?
Birds chirp, sunlight filters through the trees and a cool breeze hits you as you pick up the pace… When it comes to mood-boosting workouts, trail running is near the top of the list. From remote wilderness trails to the woodland paths in your neighbourhood park, trail running offers unique challenges for runners at every level. Before you leave the pavement behind, make sure that your trainers are up for the journey.
The key difference between running and trail running shoes is the type of running terrain that they’re designed for. Imagine running on the road: For the most part, you can run in a straight line on an even surface for miles and miles. Now imagine hitting the trails: You’ll run into switchbacks, rocks, slopes, puddles, roots – the list goes on.
What kind of trail running shoes do I need?
CHOOSING BETWEEN TRAIL RUNNING SHOES OR ROAD SHOES: WHAT’S YOUR RUNNING STYLE?
Trail explorers: trail running shoes for hiking
- When you need stability: With firmer midsoles and thicker outsoles than road trainers, trail running shoes are designed to perform on rocky, uneven ground.
- When it’s cold and wet: Are you an all-weather runner? You’ll appreciate the extra traction when you’re running in snowy, icy or slick conditions. For extra protection from the elements, look for trail running shoes insulated with GORE-TEX.
- When you need traction: Running on mud, dirt or gravel? Opt for trail running shoes with rugged textured soles so that you can stay on track.
- When you need protection: Trail running trainers have sturdy uppers to protect your feet from flying gravel, twigs or rocks.
Road warriors: which trail running shoes are good for road running?
- When you want to run fast: If speed is your goal, road shoes tend to be lighter than trail running trainers.
- When the temperature rises: Running trainers for the road usually have thin, breathable uppers, offering more circulation when the weather is hot and muggy.
- Intervals, sprints or tempo runs: For maximum agility while practising sprints or interval training, road shoes are usually your best bet.
- When you rule the asphalt: Designed for the road, the flexibility and cushioning of running trainers protect your feet if you run exclusively on paved surfaces.
How to choose your trail running shoes
All-terrain adventurers:For runners who like to go back and forth between pavement and trail running, try a lighter-weight trail shoe like these Terrex Agravic Flow trainers.
Rainy-day runners:For the wettest, coldest trail runs, look for trail running shoes insulated with GORE-TEX.
Going the distance:Looking for an off-road running shoe that’s still comfortable miles (and miles) later? Try Terrex Two Ultra Parley Trail Running Shoes, made to stay supportive and stable for the longest trail runs.
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