More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed.
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Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/24/2014 11:15:58 MST Print View

My old blue Flyroc 310s are finally shot and I need a new shoe. I've been running in Trail Gloves for the past couple years and have tried hiking in them but my feet get sore in them over 8 miles while carrying a pack. I've also tried a pair of Montrail trail runners (Rock Rigde I think) and they were too stiff and all the padding absorbed a ton a water and took forever to dry. I then tried a pair of Merrell Mix Masters but the lack of rock plate made me feet starting hurting after about 10 miles. After trying all three of those shoes I've just been hiking in my Flyrocs because I can do 25 miles in them without my feet bruising and they dry fast after I splash through a creek. They've also been very, very durable. I got them in 2008 and probably have over 1000 miles on them. But they're missing a few lugs and the tread is pretty worn down so they don't have the traction they used to.

I'm looking for a shoe with 4mm-9mm of drop (if its on the lower end I'd need a rock plate), quick drying, good traction on rocky ground, and durable. I know my Flyrocs were an anomaly and I'll probably never get 6 years out of a trail runner again but a few years would be nice. It seem like most lightweight shoes have a bad track record of upper durability. I've looked at NB 1010's, Altra Superiors, and my Mix Masters and they have reports of the uppers tearing within a year.

At the top of the list for me are Inov-8 Trailroc 255's or 245's. There's also the NB 1010v2's which have a revised upper. And I want to like the Altra Superiors but the reviews give me pause. Anyone have long term experience or used any of these shoes for 25+ mile days with a pack? Are there any other shoes I should consider?

Adam

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/24/2014 12:17:36 MST Print View

The Trailroc 245s or 255s are worth a look. The lighter Roclites as well. The LaSportiva Anakonda and C-Lite also.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
shoes on 02/24/2014 13:04:52 MST Print View

New b mt110 for me. I also have the winter version which are awesome as well.

Peter Bakwin
(pbakwin) - F
Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/24/2014 13:55:40 MST Print View

I've found the La Sportiva Helios to be exceptionally durable, at least for trail running. They also fit your "more/less" criteria. 4mm drop & light.

Serge G.
(sgiachetti) - M

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/24/2014 14:13:34 MST Print View

I'd second the Helios suggestion. Its probably my favorite trail shoe I've ever used. The sole is made out of this mix of foamy stuff & climbing rubber that slightly conforms to the terrain, so the grip is incredible. The upper has a glove like fit with great lateral stability (Locks your foot down). I wear out the soles before I wear out the uppers. At 6'2" 170 the foamy stuff thins out after a while & I get more rocks poking through, so at that point I'll add another insole for extra protection.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/24/2014 18:12:30 MST Print View

What don't you like about the Flyrocs? Or did I miss that they are discontinued and you're looking for a replacement?

I really like Flite195s but they're probably too minimal for you. They make a 230 version, but I've never tried them.

Edit: I just searched and looks like my assumption about them being discontinued might be right. Based on their description, you might try the Roclites. Fairly popular on here, though I prefer the more precise fit of the flite195 and it's sister the xtalon190 (probably puts me in the minority on this forum of wide shoe lovers).

Edited by 7sport on 02/24/2014 18:18:13 MST.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 02/25/2014 12:25:32 MST Print View

I can't find the Flyrocs anywhere, otherwise I'd get another pair. I'm kicking myself for not buying some years ago!

I like the looks of the La Sportivas, I'll look into those a little more.

Thanks!

Adam

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: Re: More than minimalist, less than traditional trail runner needed. on 03/12/2014 08:05:17 MDT Print View

In case anyone was waiting on a resolution, I ended up going with the new Merrell All Out Rush. 6mm drop, 16mm cushion, and 5mm lugs. I haven't weighed them yet but they are on the heavier side.


I used them last weekend for a 9.6 mile day hike that took me through mud, creeks, snow, and ice. They gripped well but seemed to absorb more water than my Flyrocs. My feet felt good afterwards and I didn't get any blisters despite my feet being soaked for most of the 4 hours I was out. My initial impression is positive and I look forward to putting some more miles on them. Now to find a way to stick some velcro on them to attach my Dirty Girls...

Adam