Bugs for Winter and Spring Running

The fairly new IceBug Multi-Run Dry Shoe is hailed by SNEWS as the best waterproof shoe of the year. Useful for both running on ice and running through a wet spring, the IceBug Multi-Run Dry Shoe leaves no excuses for avoiding a rainy day. For $145, you can get the shoe SNEWS gives 4 out of 5 clapping hands:

The relatively new Icebug Multi Run shoes are unquestionably the best option for winter running yet. Their most notable feature is a set of 17 carbide steel studs that protrude from lugs on an otherwise conventional trail running sole. The metal studs are designed to recess into the lugs when they strike hard ground, yet provide traction on ice.

While wearing Icebugs, you can dash confidently across ice that would have you tiptoeing in any other running shoes; even dogs don’t grip as well. The model tested has a waterproof/breathable lining so puddles and slush are no problem either — just charge on through. They are fantastic winter shoes, even for walking on sidewalks!

Check out the new IceBugs!

April 8, 2006 | by Admin

The Standard in Men’s Trail Runners

If you’re an all season runner who loves hitting the trails, consider the Montrail Susitna XCR Trail Running shoe this season. With a Gore-Tex shell, and a DryShell to prevent water weight gain, it provides one of the greatest levels of breathability ever achieved in waterproof footwear. This trail runner provides a comfortable, conforming and durable fit.

Back Country Outlet reviews the Montrail Susitna XCR. The shoe earns between 4 and 5 stars with each review.

” I wore these shoes for a 20 mile trail run right out of the box. The track was wet with several creek crossings and lots of slogging through thick mud. My feet stayed dry and comfortable without blistering. The only improvement I could ask for is an easier lacing system to allow tightening without stopping and removing gators. “

” The greatest thing about this pair of goretex shoes is that it actually stays dry and therefore, *light*. This is very important for runners. Unlike the others, the goretex layer is on the outside and so the shoes won’t get soaked. As for why I didn’t give it 5 stars, well, I never find much breathability of any goretex shoes, not even in this pair that uses XCR.”

Before your next trail runner purchase, learn about the Montrail Susitna XCR.

March 31, 2006 | by Admin

Find me a Running Shoe!

You’ve read the reviews. You understand the importance of a properly fitting shoe. You know your gait. You’ve identified your foot type. Your running stride is no mystery and you’ve analyzed your running habits. All you want is a running shoe. But, so many shoes remain. You’re a lot smarter about running shoes, cross-trainers, racing flats and trail runners, but your foot is still bare. Is there any hope?

Some runners benefit from an interactive Running Shoe Finder tool. Several online sites offer short questionnaires to help you narrow down a shoe for you. It’s like your own personal podiatrist running shoe expert living in your laptop. Check out the sites below and determine the shoe for you:

Runner’s World Shoe Finder

RunningShoes.com Shoe Finder

OnlineShoes.Com Shoe Finder

March 29, 2006 | by Admin

Asics Gel Trabuco Gets 4.5 Stars!

Check out these opinions on ePinions.com. People seem to really love the Asics Gel Trabuco trail running shoe; the average rating is 4.5 stars! The shoe is described as “perfect” and “great”. Here’s an example:

This is an amazing shoe for running on trails and the road. It has alot of stability and you can run easily over rocks and roots without having to worry about tripping or twisting your ankle.

Go check it out!

March 19, 2006 | by Admin

Off the Beaten Path – Transition to Trail with the Right Shoe

A Spectacular Trail Run in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, CA

As serious runners, we know that there are no shortcuts. So why do we skimp with our running shoes? You don’t cheat yourself with your training schedule, so don’t try it with your footwear.

If you’re beginning a trail running regimen, get the shoes you need. Consider the following when selecting your trail runner to hit the rocky terrain:

Weather and Wetness
If you’re running in hot, dry conditions, choose a trail runner with lighweight nylon and mesh uppers. These fabrics are light and breathable.

For prolonged running in wet conditions, look for shoes with deep lugs to enhance your grip of the earth. Many trail runners have lugs specifically designed to self-clean to prevent your being weighed down by mud-covered peds.

Traction
If you’re a trail runner planning a steep, rocky descent, consider a running shoe with an external rubber toe bumper or an internal toe counter at the instep. These additions help protect against stubbing and tripping.

Terrain
For rocky, sharp and uneven surfaces, look for a well-cushioned midsole that absorbs shock and a stiff shoe to offer protection from impact.

Fit
Trail running shoes are generally larger through the toe area. Extra area allows for foot swelling and space for toes during long, downhill runs. Ensure that the heal of your trail running shoe fits snugly to hold the foot in place and provide stability on uneven terrain.

March 9, 2006 | by Admin

Can I Hike in my Running Shoes?

Planning to leave the pavement behind and hit the hills for a hike? When runners hike, hiking boots often seem like overkill while running shoes shine as a light, comfortable alternative. But is hiking in running shoes really safe? Of course, the difficulty of the hike commands the ruggedness of the boot and the toughest boot isn’t always necessary, but neither do gym shoes usually suffice.

According to Outside Magazine’s Gear Guy, you better watch your step hiking in your running shoes. Can I Hike in Running Shoes? While many hiking boots may be so much beast that they’re a burden, don’t be tempted to hike in even your trail shoes.

Gear Guy recommends a light hiker instead. He says, “These days they’re nearly as comfortable as a trail runner, and that extra support can pay off. Asolo makes a nice non-Gore-Tex shoe called the Echo ($135), a fabric-and-leather hiker with just enough stiffness through the sole to protect your feet from sharp rocks and the like. Montrail’s Torre ($125; www.montrail.com) is another good choice—a little more leather than the Echo, and a little stiffer shank.”

March 1, 2006 | by Admin

Avoid Injury with an AAPSM Selected Shoe

“Sports injuries impact the health and quality of life of millions of Americans,” or so says the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), who publishes an annual list of selected athletic shoes, including running shoes, cross trainers and trail runners. By providing information to advance the understanding, prevention and management of sports related injuries, the AAPSM strives to optimize fitness activity enjoyment.

Check out the list of selected running shoes and see if your current shoe or that snazzy one you’ve been eyeing makes the grade. AAPSM list of selected running shoes In selecting running shoes for the list, the AAPSM tests shoes for stability, durability, availability, price, quality control, orthotic compatibility, and specific, unique features. Selected running shoes are categorized by Mild Motion Control, Moderate Motion Control, Maximum Motion Control, Cushioning and Trail so you’re certain to find a great shoe to fit your specific foot structure and activity needs. For those of us with special size or width requirements, the AAPSM denotes shoes available in variable widths and larger sizes.

If you’re researching running shoes, cross trainers, aerobic shoes, hiking shoes or even walking shoes, start with safety and start here!

February 27, 2006 | by Admin

Combine Speed, Comfort and Stability with the Adidas Adistar Adapt

Men's StyleWomen's Style
The best trail shoes have it all – comfort for a fun run, stability to plow through tough terrain, and flexibility to handle all types of conditions. The Adidas AdiStar Adapt, recently named the Editor’s Choice trail shoe for by Runner’s World Magazine, combines all three. This relatively light, low-to-the-ground trail shoe weighs in at 13.9 oz for men and 10.9 oz for women. An improvement upon the Adistar Trail, this shoe is a good match for lightweight runners aiming for speed.

Like most Adidas shoes, the Aidstar Adapt includes adiPRENE® + to protect the forefoot against rough conditions. Additionally, it contains the Adidas Ground Control System™, allowing the heel to move independently of the shoe and adapt to the ground. A mesh layer on the top of the shoe helps provide breathability for a more comfortable run. Though they retail at $110, I have seen them for as little as $79.99 on websites such as Amazon.com, which compares favorably with the Nike Air Cesium. For more information, check out the Adidas website.

January 23, 2006 | by Admin