This week PACE leader, Carter Fortney talks about some of the key things to consider when purchasing a pair of trail shoes. Here are the show note:
- know the stats of your shoe. The rate of drop, cushioning, stability, protection and tread. All shoe brands vary with their stats, however it's a great idea to get know yours specifically.
- knowing the stats becomes particularly important if you're wanting to switch brands or types of shoes. You can try to match the stats of one shoe to the next, if you like the shoe or match the stats you like and look for something with, say more cushioning, if you feel your current shoe is to rigid.
- considerations when switching from drop to drop and how a lower drop effects your gait.
- Rotating 1-3 pairs of shoes helps the longevity of the shoes. For example, if you're run-in back to back, try not to run in the same pair of shoes. Running compacts the cushioning and it takes time for this to recover. Alternating shoes will give your treads more time in-between each use to bounce back.
- be aware of Gore-Tex in the summer. These are waterproof and won't breath as well, causing more sweating, swelling and could lead to blisters or uncomfortably hot feet.
- different kinds of treads work best in different kinds of terrain.
- shoes are really personal and what one person likes or works for them, doesn't always work for everyone. Things like cushioning, for example, is personal preference.
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