Tri season is over (for me at least), and I'm looking to hit the trails HARD this Fall and Winter.
I have run the past few seasons in the trail version of the Asics 21xx, and its alright but a little heavy and bulky.
Is there something with a similar last that can carry me over ultra-distances (20+ miles), has some support, is reasonably light, and still durable?
The Montrail Mountain Masochist and Hardrock have been getting my attention...
Any insight is appreciated!
I love my La Sportiva Rajas trail runners. And they are dirt cheap at Hudson Trail Outfitters now. I'm a big-time runner too and won a trail race with them... I'd say that gives them a little cred :)
They are very strong while still remaining lightweight. Would-be sprains and bad ankle twists have been averted since I started wearing the Rajas.
And another recommendation... the trail running socks at Fleet Feet. Vent well and give a good level of stability around ankles
I've tried on the entire Montrail line and they were too stiff for me. And I think Scott Jurek had some say in the design of the Cascadia's, and he won Western States.. oh, a few times, so I'd say that gives them a little cred. Low profile, light, durable, and the midsole is biodegradeable. I love mine and have three pairs. No toe protection, tho, so pick up your feet and don't kick any rocks/roots.
I second the Brooks Cascadia - I switched from Asics Gel-Eagle trail this spring and the Brooks fit my foot better, better grip, and light enough but still good for 3+ hr efforts. Of course, its highly personal and your mileage may vary... See you out there.
Try out the Mizuno Wave Ascend if you can find it locally... I usually only run in Mizunos now.