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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
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trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 4:10 pm 

The thread about shoes got my thinking about specialized shoes for trail runner or wet weather. For some reason these mostly seem to be marketed as the same shoe. Does anyone find that these shoes give them much advantage over plain old running shoes? I can maybe understand the extra ruggedness of trail shoes, but I don't get the idea behind waterproofing shoes. If it make a significant difference, then why not waterproof all shoes? Does it make them hot and sweaty to run in?

BGibbsLMT

Southington, CT
Joined: 12 Dec 2004
Posts: 68

Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:47 pm 

It's really a matter of personal preference. I like the most breathable shoes I can get, water is going to get in no matter what and if it goes out faster that's better. Some people try to keep water out at all costs. Heavier soles are good on rockier, more technical runs to protect your feet.

b-lansing

Wolfeboro, NH
Joined: 18 Dec 2004
Posts: 10

Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:18 am 

For me, living in NH, I want shoes that breathe but I also want the to keep my feet fairly warm in the subzero temps. I wear NB 906 trailrunners for the traction in snow and if I really need to beef that up, I have Yaktrax. I am in the market for shoes with a little less mesh over the toes I'm hoping with them and coolmax socks, to keep my feet warm this winter. Notice I said warm, not warm and dry. Dry is not going to happen!!

Betsy


OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:29 am 

I think almost all "waterproof" shoes are made of breatheable waterproof fabrics like Gortex. I wear them every winter, and never have problems with sweaty feet. I think they make a big difference in terms of comfort. One step into a puddle full of 25 degree slush (below freezing because of the road salt content) 5 miles from home can be a real downer!

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
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Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 12:58 pm 

OldManRunner wrote:
I think almost all "waterproof" shoes are made of breatheable waterproof fabrics like Gortex.

Is there any reason not to make all shoes with Goretex then, no matter what season they're intended for.

I could have used some waterproofing today. I did a long run in the pouring rain and got completely soaked to the core. I just about drowned!


BGibbsLMT

Southington, CT
Joined: 12 Dec 2004
Posts: 68

Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Sun Jan 02, 2005 3:08 pm 

Rickshaw wrote:

Is there any reason not to make all shoes with Goretex then, no matter what season they're intended for.

I could have used some waterproofing today. I did a long run in the pouring rain and got completely soaked to the core. I just about drowned!


Goretex won't stop the water from coming in over the top of the shoe, and once it's in there it stays.


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: trail/winter running shoes Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2005 12:11 pm 

I wear Pearl Izumi Take trail shoes, and they're as waterproof as my street shoes, which is to say, barely at all. 100% nylon lined with Kevlar toes, and man oh man, do my feet get soaked when I trounce through a stream or puddle.

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