Sep 18

Gear Shed: Run For the Hills

Since New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington picked up its first snowflakes of the season a few days ago, we’ve been extra motivated to squeeze in some trail running this week. Be it the rock and stream hopping, the hill climbs, or the quick foot work as you whip through the beautiful hardwood forest, trail running is great training for the snowy season ahead. Over the last eighteen months, we’ve been putting a good variety of shoes to the test, including the line of Patagonia trail running shoes featured here – each of which were put to good use as trail running and light hiking shoes on approximately 100 days.

Beside offering excellent out-of-the-box comfort and impressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces, these shoes have performed beyond our expectations, while continuing to offer consistent comfort and resistance to wear throughout the prime of their lives as our go-to trail running shoes. And while the heel fabric began to tear apart slightly on all shoes after 60-70 days of use, the shoes showed no other signs of significant wear. In fact, considering how light and comfortable these shoes are, we’re a bit surprised by how durable and solidly constructed they are. Most other shoes we’ve used over the years have had a tendency to peel apart and require some glue repair within 100 days of use.

Patagonia uses a variety of recycled polyester and foam to construct their shoes, which are also sourced, manufactured and distributed according to some of the most progressive labor and environmental standards in the industry.

From left to right, the models of the Patagonia shoes featured here are the Tsali, Release and Specter. For strictly trail running in primarily dry conditions, the Specter is our favorite. Stay tuned to for some other feedback about La Sportiva and Garmont shoes we’ve been trying out lately, too.

With fall’s cooler weather upon us, it’s a great time of year to enjoy some trail running, and it’s hard to beat the skiing related skiing-related fitness, strength and flexibility that it offers. Check out this link for some ideas about where to run, or head here for a listing of some upcoming trail running events in the Northeast. If you want to get really serious, check out the USATF’s New England Mountain Circuit. Feel free to add any other links or related info by commenting below.

Ski you out there!

-Brian and Emily

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