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Five best trail running shoes

Trail running is awesome activity! By getting off the hard surfaces and in amongst the trees to get some fresh air and take in the beautiful scenery, you will quickly become addicted to this type of running!

Running the trails becomes a much more interesting way to get fit, explore the outdoors and clock up some k's. Many say it is much like hiking....only faster!

Unlike road or track running, your trail running shoes won’t need as much cushioning and many of the shoes will be lighter, more minimal and lower to the ground for more stability on uneven terrain.

Here are elements to consider for great running shoes:

Grip and Traction.

Compared to roads and race tracks, running on a trail is less predictable, you’ll step on grass, mud, dirt, some watery paths, so a strong grip enables you to avoid slipping and sliding. Good grip and traction will keep you nimble, save you from slipping and potential injury.


Lighter shoes enable you to go faster and further without compromising safety elements.


Maintaining a steady pace in an uneven environment requires that your feet are comfortable with every step.


Whether you are running for fun or in a serious race, the last thing you want is a your footwear wearing out too fast or breaking at the worst possible moment.
Good brands may cost more at first, but investing in a quality pair will save you money in the long run.


Here at Jindabyne Sports, we pay extra attention to selecting the best running shoes designed for trail running. Here are our favorites.


 1. Inov - 8 Trail Talon 250    

The rubber sole design and unique and aggressive grip that can be used for trail and ultra running.
Powerflow midsole technology delivers 10% better shock absorption and 15% energy return compared to standard midsoles.
At a super light weight of only 250g, this is a sporty pair of runners that are breathable and comfortable to wear.

 2. Salomon Speed Cross 4  

Beautiful minimalist design.
The grip design move steadily through slippery terrain.
The water resistant textile gives comfortable wear and protection against the elements and the Sensifit technology enables you to feel one with the trail as you run.
Quicklace technology allows you to wear and remove your shoes effortlessly while securing your shoes to your feet.
This pair has constant good feedback from our customers and all over the web.

 3. The North Face Ultra TR II

A major advantage of this pair is the extremely reliable Vibram soles known for exceptional traction and multi-terrain grip.
You get a comfortable feel that also reduces chaffing and hotspots.
The beautifully designed and breathable featherlight mesh with rip stop construction and FlashDry fiber technology will have you expecting to use these bad boys for a long time.


 4. Inov-8 Tri Xtreme 245

Colorful and lightweight, this multi-role shoe has mesh lining that allows your feet to breathe and a midsole drainage system allows the shoe to drain excess water and reduce weight to keep your feet dry incredibly efficiently.
Cushioned protection to mid sole to counter against impact and potential injury.
Large opening allows you to quickly put on and take off.

 5. Salomon XA Pro 3D  

Classic adventure shoes that’s extremely reliable and has a tough and durable feel.
The 3D chases enables stability and flexibility along with Contagrip traction makes this Pro trail runner’s shoes a formidable force.
The Endofit internal fit sleeves are designed to hug the foot and make you and your shoes one as your run forward.


Jindabyne Sports is a family owned and run store, that has a long history and expertise on what real people need for their fitness, holidays and outdoor adventures.
Jindabyne Sports carry only trusted brands that provide a great mix of function and value.
Please visit our store or call us for our best recommendations.

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