Nov 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm #1231951
Does anyone know of a pair of trail runners with Vibram soles? I really like the comfort of trail runners, but all the ones I have tried have very poor traction. I'm looking for something that will offer good traction on trail and off, probably with a lot of granite. Something that will last 200 miles (should be easy).
So far both the Salomon XA Pro 3D and XA Comp have been a huge letdown with their Contragrip soles. Not sticky and the "lugs" seem to be too small.
I guess it's not usual to want a trail runner to provide good grip since it might create more drag for a serious runner.Nov 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm #1458192
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
My Merrell's are great – forget the name at the moment, but they have the Vibram you mention.
They also have a cool feature: a slot in the arch that a gaiter strap slides thru……No more worn out gaiter straps!!!!
ToddNov 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm #1458211
@skopeoLocale: British Columbia
…Nov 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm #1458214
@butukiLocale: Kanto Plain, Japan
I have the same problem with most running shoes. I love my Salomon XA Pro 3D's but their grip on the trail is, as you say, really bad.
The next shoes I am getting are the TNF Prophecy (or the Hedgehog GTX XTR). Vibram soles, great lugs, and very breathable. I think just what I want and need.Nov 9, 2008 at 12:04 pm #1458245
@mad777Locale: South Florida
My wife wears Vasque footwear. I think most, if not all, use Vibram soles. Her's are definite Vibram and she's been very happy with them while rock hopping across streams or walking up smooth granite slabs on a steep pitch.Nov 9, 2008 at 12:43 pm #1458251
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I don't think it is so much the lugs as the rubber compound on the sole. Fwiiw, I wore some Dunlop KT-26 (very light joggers) on our last trip – which was over some pretty rough and rocky terrain.
The sole of the KTs consists of a thin layer of carbon rubber about 2 – 3 mm thick, with an EVA foam base above that. The sole is quite flexible in all directions. The sole was worn pretty smooth before the trip started, and even smoother by the end, but I didn't notice any problems on any of the terrain. The grip of the smooth sole on the very jumbled and angular rock was excellent. I put this down to the use of old-fashioned carbon-rubber.
That said, my wife took some Salomons Extend Lows on that trip and she had no problems with the Contagrip soles. As those shoes had been used for maybe 6 weeks in France and for many trips since, they weren't new either.
> it's not usual to want a trail runner to provide good grip
I really can't imagine that EVER being true.
CheersNov 10, 2008 at 5:29 pm #1458416
I can't believe I am going to say this, but those North Face Prophecy shoes look perfect.
I'll look into Vasque if the TNF shoes don't work. It looks like the Vasques with the Vibram are trail shoes, rather than trail runners.
I forgot that Merrell uses so much Vibram, but a lot of their shoes don't fit me, which is too bad.
Thanks for all the input.
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