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Gear Guy

Can you recommend a comfortable trail-running shoe?

What's a good trail-running/adventure-racing shoe for an over-pronating runner like myself? I need to buy a new pair of shoes quickly! Rob Indianapolis, Indiana

A: What's worked for you in the past, stability-wise? Most shoe companies today make both street runners and trail runners, so if one brand has seemed to handle your pronation problems well (a problem I share) then go for that brand's trail runner. For instance, I always thought that shoes from Asics handled over-pronation very well without resorting to too many in-shoe gimmicks. In a trail runner, you might look at the Gel-Trabuco V ($80;, a shoe designed for high stability. Asics just came out with the Trabuco VI, the same price but I think just different graphics.

New Balance also makes some very stable shoes. For trails, check out the New Balance 806 ($85;, which has an external heel counter to hold your feet in place. And there's Montrail's Diez Vista ($95;, a shoe designed for the runner who needs extra foot stability.

It's also possible to purchase a trail runner for its fit and cushioning, then to add stability with an after-market insole. The Superfeet Active Footbed II ($30; is the choice here.

So, hope that helps. Happy running!

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