/ Fell Running
Would just like some advice from fell runners of which shoes are best to go for?
I like Inov-8s.
Yorkshire 3 peaks is mostly on hard path/flag stones so look at inov8 trail shoe if you are used to something with a bit of cushioning. If you buy Walshes buy a size bigger than you would normally.
or go try some one at your local stockist
I think these are very good. I haven't used any of the mentioned ones so can't compare but I've used Salomon Crossmax, which are ok for fairly "smooth" terrain but not enough grip for muddy stuff or loose rocks. The North Face have some decent trail shoes and also Mizuno, but personally, the Raptor for the time being.
Forget the 3 peaks (national) as running unless via boats.. for both a trail/road shoe is fine unless weather is bad.
If it's dry then a road shoe is good enough for the Yorkshire 3 peaks otherwise a trail shoe is best. There's very little of the route that isn't on roads/rough tracks or stone flags.
National 3 peaks - don't think many run it at all but there's about 450 miles of road so a good set of road shoes is probably a good idea.
Just to chip in with some obvious advice but for me its been a case of what works/fits your feet - and you can't always tell in the shop.
I had a pair on Inov8 x-talon's and loved them. Lots of talk about the studs wearing down quick but seem ok if you stick to what they're meant for. Anyway, got that pair cheapish (£60) and couldn't face paying £90 but went Walshes instead. They're good, and I can see why people like them but they just don't hold my ankle as well (especially noticable when descending).
Got another pair of x-talons now; first time I've ever bought a second pair of any sort of footwear and have fallen in love all over again. Won a trail race (a soft one, to be fair...) in them straight out the box (literally).
> > I had a pair on Inov8 x-talon's and loved them. Lots of talk about the studs wearing down quick but seem ok if you stick to what they're meant for.
Second this. Am on my second pair now and love them.
> Just to chip in with some obvious advice but for me its been a case of what works/fits your feet - and you can't always tell in the shop.
> I had a pair on Inov8 x-talon's and loved them. Lots of talk about the studs wearing down quick but seem ok if you stick to what they're meant for.
I love X talons.. but they aren't 3 peaks shoe for me.. either yorkshire or national.. I did a 26 mile traily mountain marathon in them and my soles were smashed up by the end.. just no support..
Fair enough, I'm not qualified to give specific advice for the three peaks (of any variety).
I ran about 25 miles on mostly concrete path (Taff Trail - Merthyr to Cardiff)in my old pair. The studs had worn down and they were pretty much knackered and, yeah, that hurt a bit...
There are loads of great races to have a go at in the meantime including the Lakeland Classics and many long race on all the hills of Great Britain. Please don't think of the Great Britain "3 Peaks Challenge" as a fell running thing; it's a driving challenge and a waste of time and a bl**dy nuisance to locals in Wasdale and Borrowdale.
Aim at the Paps of Jura, The Fellsman, The Ennerdale Horseshoe if you want to be a proper fellrunner.
I'd agree with that. Road shoe for Y3P's but stay away from Nat 3Peaks its a just a rubble walk past 1000's of charity walkers burning fuel and seeing nothing but plastic bottles and banana skins.
Stick to some of the classics or get down to the peak and tick some good narly races.
To IainR...To to see you don't frequent only one forum. see you on the hill soon buddy. :)
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