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TRAIL RUNNING SHOES: PERFECT FOR THE TERRAIN

Shoes for trail running are constructed differently from conventional models. Because the sole is a little stiffer, it doesn't twist as easily. This gives you enormous advantages on soft ground and gravel. A lug and stud profile on the sole provides a firm grip on rough ground. In addition, there are no notches where small stones and splinters can get stuck. Since the centre of gravity of the shoes is very low and the sole is wider under the heel, you won't twist easily. Especially in the ankle area, trail running shoes offer you excellent support.

SPECIAL SHOES FOR TRAIL RUNNING - DO THEY HAVE TO BE?

Occasional cross-country runs on firm ground can also be done in your normal running shoes. But with a trail running shoe you have a much more secure grip. Wet, uneven, stony or muddy surfaces, on the other hand, call for a trail model. Firstly, because of the better stability and secondly, running trail shoes are also much more robust. Conclusion: If you only run short distances cross-country in dry terrain from time to time, your conventional running shoes are usually sufficient. However, if you habitually run off-road and are passionate about cross-country running, it is definitely worth buying a special shoe.

DIFFERENT TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

When you look at the Keller Sports range, you will quickly notice that not all trail running shoes are the same. There is a special model category for each area of use. You will find light and neutral trail running shoes for competition in the range. There are also heavier and extremely well-cushioned models for running in high alpine environments, on scree fields or on difficult ground, as well as for long distances. If you mainly run on nature trails, hiking trails or natural roads, then a trail shoe for easy terrain is sufficient. For ultra runs in mountainous regions, you have a completely different model at your disposal. In general, the shoe becomes heavier as the level of difficulty increases, because the sole is better cushioned and the stability elements require more volume. But no matter what you plan to do with the shoes, all models are breathable, and many are waterproof to boot.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

Trail running shoes offer you clear benefits outside of paved trails. It usually only becomes difficult if you only leave the asphalt for short periods of time or do most of your training on flat and firm ground. Trail running shoes are less suitable for long runs on asphalt. Since the cleat and stud profile reduces the contact surface, the risk of slipping on wet asphalt also increases. Some manufacturers counteract this by using an extra grippy rubber compound for the sole.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Stiff sole offers protection from sharp stones and thorns.
  • Toe box with protective rubber cap
  • studded or knobby tread without grooves
  • low centre of gravity resulting in more direct contact with the ground
  • firm grip, therefore low risk of twisting an ankle
  • good stability in the ankle area
  • dry and warm
  • Summer models with breathable upper material
  • some models are waterproof or water-repellent
  • robust and hard-wearing

DISADVANTAGES:

  • small contact surface
  • danger of slipping, especially on wet asphalt
  • less mobility due to stability elements

SAFELY ON THE MOVE IN TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

As a passionate trail runner, you need footwear that can handle almost anything off-road. In addition to extraordinary robustness, the models available in our online shop offer you a high level of comfort. You decide for yourself whether you want an airy summer model with a breathable mesh upper or a warm and waterproof winter running shoe. You can choose from numerous different versions, shoes with different features and various designs and colours.

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