Signed up to Hell in the Chilts? Here’s 5 of the latest trail shoes to help you combat the climbs, mud and bogs
The decision whether to buy a new pair of shoes to wear for HellRunner is a difficult one. The decision which pair of shoes to buy is ever harder…
When considering buying a shiny new pair of trail shoes to wear for HellRunner, the rational (and savvy) part of your consciousness will tell you: ‘that’s ridiculous, they’ll get wrecked and end up in the bin.’ But if you’ve run HellRunner before past experience will tell you otherwise. Yes, your shoes may end up a little on the muddy, sodden (and smelly side), but they are undoubtedly the most essential piece of kit in ensuring you hit the HellRunner trails running.
Muddy, gnarly, sandy and hilly, our HellRunner trails are relentless. Couple the trails with waist-deep bogs and you’ll not only need a pair of shoes that are sturdy with a reliable grip, but a pair that are lightweight and offer a certain degree of water-resistance to ensure you’re not weighed down in bog water three miles in…
Here are five of the latest trail and obstacle racing shoes we recommend for HellRunner. If you’ve run HellRunner before you know you’ll be thankful for them come race day.
Inov-8 X-Talon 200
The latest shoe in Inov-8’s X-Talon range, this shoe offers an aggressive outsole, perfecting for gripping muddy and soft terrain. With a 3mm heel-to-toe drop, this shoe is minimal and lightweight. Its lightweight design (just 200g) and breathable mesh forefoot come together to offer quick water drainage to ensure you’re not weighed down by hellish waters. Where the X-Talon 195 is narrow, this model is more spacious in the toe box adding extra comfort across HellRunner’s lengthy distances.
Merrell Allout Charge
New for SS15, Merell’s new Allout Charge is a bulkier shoe offering great protection and a sturdy grip. The mixed-shaped lugs offer durable traction on mixed terrain, whilst the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability for a comfortable and well protected ride. However, whilst supportive, its sturdy design may not be the best choice if you’re looking to go at HellRunner with speed.
Men’s/Women’s designs available
Brooks Pure Grit 3
A new addition to Brooks’ PureProject range, the Brooks Pure Grit 3 offers a great balance of support and durability. Whilst the shoe has a minimalist design (4mm drop) promoting a natural running style, and has a lightweight fit, the Nav Band is designed to secure the foot in place to keep your foot well supported. The ultralight mesh offers breathability (so will air out nicely after wading through HellRunner’s relentless bogs) and its sturdy outsole offers a good grip across mixed terrain. A toe guard is also a great feature, providing protection and added traction when the trails get steep – perfect for our hellish climbs.
Men’s/Women’s designs available
Inov-8 Mudclaw 300
Inov-8’s new Mudclaw 300 is tailored for the toughest off trail events. The aggressively pointed outsole provides the ultimate orienteering platform, offering a consistent grip across all terrain. Its synthetic upper offers light-weight support and complete durability, allowing you to breeze through HellRunner’s tough terrains at speed!
Inspired by Salomon’s S-LAB Fellcross 2, the new Fellraiser shoe has been designed specifically for the obstacle and trail racer. The multi-directional lugs in the outsole dynamically tackle all terrains and the low to ground fit offers extra stability across uneven surfaces. A fast-drying shoe, its ideal for racing in muddy and wet conditions and the ultimate shoe to take on HellRunner’s wet terrain.
Men’s/Women’s design available