Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Central Vermont
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I am interested in what running shoes people own, and what they like/dislike about them. I have been through a lot of shoes to find a trail shoe I really like (Montrail Mountain Masochist), whereas I had no trouble at all finding a make/model of road shoes I consistently like (ASICS Kayano).
What models do you own?
What do you like or dislike about them?
I have two pair of Inov-8 (Mud-rocs and fly-rocs, I think) trail shoes, and both have too small a toe box for me. They are uncomfortable for anything over 45 minutes long.
I had a pair of ASICS Gel Trail Eagles and hated them. They were slippery on rocks and too cushiony and also rubbed a weird spot on my right heal (?)
I had a pair of Brooks trail shoes (Cascadias?) that were basically the same as the ASICS but without the rubbing issue. Still had traction issues.
I had a pair of La Sportiva trail shoes, and I liked them but they wore out in about 200 miles. They were good and light and comfortable and had good grip.
The Montrail Mountain Masochists are the best trail shoe I've tried. The toe box is perfect. They're not too cushiony. I can wear them for hours without blisters or hot spots, and they drain water better than a lot of other shoes I've had.
I have a pair of NB road shoes (can't remember the number) and they were okay, but too cushiony for me.
I have basically stuck with the latest version of Kayano for road shoes for about 4 years now. I realize they're expensive, but they consistently fit and cause me no pain and generally last a long time.
So, for trail shoes, it's the Montrail MM's and La Sportiva that are what I consider the best.
I'd like to try the Vibram 5 fingers, and would like to have easy access to a larger running store. I suppose living in rural Vermont does have one downside...
Sorry for rambling, but I'd appreciate your thoughts.