Fell-Running Shoes

Minimalist shoes allow you to cut time during an adventure race

Sep 30, 2011
Outside Magazine
Inov-8 Roclite

Inov-8 Roclite    Photo: Courtesy of Inov-8

La Sportiva X Country

La Sportiva X Country

Moving fast on the feet is required in sprint and day-long races. For me, on races up to 24 hours, minimalist fell-running shoes are my footwear of choice. These flat, lightweight shoes promote a natural running gait. Aggressive tread grips mud and rocks in the woods. My favorite fell runners come from Inov-8 Ltd. (the Roclite 285 model) and La Sportiva (X Country). Caveat: While nimble and fast, ankle and toe protection is limited with these minimal shoes—look to a beefier trail-running shoe if you prefer to upgrade on the protection front.

Price: Inov-8 Roclite ($110); Sportiva X Country ($90)

Inov-8.com; Sportiva.com

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