Posts Tagged ‘trail’

The Helios Trail shoe by La Sportiva contends as one of the best pure trail shoes for your outdoor running adventures. This trail shoe is constructed for the serious trail runner. If trails run through your veins, you need to seriously consider test driving the Helios by La Sportiva.

The Helios is a low profile dynamic trail shoe that will get you from the trail head to the top of your next adventure. The sole is constructed with a dynamic wave pattern allowing for ultimate traction in which it responds best in loose gravel and sticky muddy conditions. It’s light weight coming in a 8.5 ounces (Men’s size 9). This shoe also falls into a minimal shoe because of its Heel-to-toe drop of only 4mm.

Check out Good Sports Outfitters and test drive your new favorite trail shoes!


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Stinson Tarmac Stinson Evo

The Brand

As the minimal shoe has evolved over the past few years, we’re starting to see new development in areas other than the extreme minimal world that Vibram Five Fingers live in.  Hoka One One is a company that took cushioning to a whole new level while still offering a minimal difference between the thickness in the heel and in the toe.  This means that you still have a natural gait being promoted in shoes that have a 32mm cushion under the heel.

Because of the thickness in the midsole, Hoka can use a softer EVA than what most companies use for a softer ride.  With the amount of cushioning under foot you also can go over just about any terrain and not deal with the usual fear of rock bruising or foot strain.  Hoka One One shoes have found that they are able to reduce the striking force with each stride which in turn reduced the chances for injury and recovery time.

The Shoes

What you see above are two different shoes, first is the Stinson Tarmac.  This is a road shoe with 32mm of cushion under the heel and 26mm of cushion under the metatarsal.  This leaves only a 6mm drop that is significantly lower than that of most traditional running shoes.  When you try the shoe on you can immediately feel the amount of cushioning with each step.  The laces are in a kind of speed lace design that allow you to secure the excess under an elastic band.  This makes taking the shoes on and off a ‘cinch’.

Next up is the Stinson Evo.  This is built on the Stinson platform, which means the same midsole, with a more trail oriented outsole and upper.  The outsole features direction spacific lugs that allow for traction across various terrain.  With the amount of cushion under the foot, you don’t have a rock plate in the shoe, but with 26mm to absorb each hit, a rock plate is pretty much a moot point.

We’ve got both of the Stinson models in the store and ready for you to come try on!  We’d love for you to stop by and try them on!


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Brooks Cascadia 8

Alright Brooks fans, it’s time to update those old trail running shoes with the new Cascadia 8! This new update to the Cascadia line takes the cushioned trail runner you know and updates the upper for a more dialed in fit.
Brooks uses their BioMoGo with pockets of Brooks DNA in just the right places to maximize your cushion on the trail while giving you great traction over all types of terrain. Right now we have them stocked here at Good Sports! Stop by and try them on so you can hit your local trails with a whole new level of comfort!

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The Brooks Cascadia 6 trail running shoe is like heaven for your feet! From the moment you slip it on, you will experience the performance driven technology that transcends into ultimate comfort.

Along with it’s cushy goodness, this trail runner can take on tough Hill Country trails with a medial forefoot pivot post that provides optimum suspension, combined with a glove-like fit for stability.

If you don’t have the energy to run the Joe Johnston trail, no worries! The Brooks DNA cushioning adapts to different surfaces, making an effortless transition to the Riverwalk or La Cantera for a leisurely stroll.

Wanna save the planet? Sure you do. There’s no feeling guilty about tossing these away with the world’s first biodegradable midsole, BIOMOGO. When you’re ready to move on to your next pair of Cascadia’s, they are designed to break down 50 times faster in an anaerobic environment.

Do I dare say that Cascadia 6 is the best trail running shoe I’ve ever worn? Yeah, I do!


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