Posts Tagged ‘trail shoes’

New Balance Spring-Summer 2015

October 23, 2014 at 9:43
Posted by Rachael Woolston

We may just be heading into winter but here’s a sneak peak at New Balance’s sports performance range for next season

Consider yourself a speed queen? Then you’ll love the W1500v1, which feels as light as a feather at just 175g. It looks and feels like a minimalist shoe but actually has a 6mm heel drop. We love the look and the feel though and can’t wait to try them out.  Aimed at those who need a little bit of stability. Which is most of us, right?




If  you are not a minimalist or neutral runner, there is plenty to choose from in the NW Spring-Summer 2015 offerings. Their stability shoes have a 10-12mm drop but feel light in the hand rather than being clunky despite a chunky looking heel in some of the shoes.


Pick N’ Mix your performance running shoe

Here at Fitbitch, we are a lover of trail running, so what of their rugged shoe offerings? The shoe below might look like a hefty tractor but weighs 228g and has 4mm heel drop. It looks good but only time on the feet will tell us if it performs AND looks good.


980v1 Trail


Their shoes look great but we LOVE their performance clothing for Spring-Summer. It feels beautiful to touch, has all the quality that you would expert of performance wear combined with great style and colour. Roll on Spring we say!


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Fitbitch Reviews, Brooks Pure Grit, £95

November 7, 2012 at 12:03
Posted by Rachael Woolston

Pure Grit

If you’re a fan of off road running, you will appreciate how important trail shoes are particularly in the winter. But do Brooks Pure Grit provide enough grip in the grit?

One thing is for sure, you won’t be missed wearing these neon orange shoes which have been developed with the help of ultra runner, Scott Jurek. But stylistic issues aside (and they do come in violet/Blue and brown/aqua too) these shoes don’t grip as much as I would like.

Perhaps because Brooks have attempted  to keep the shoes reponsive, in a bid tom ake you feel in touch with the ground, sthe design has yielded too much to the trend for minimalist footwear. It means that the lug pattern on the sole is sleek rather than rugged and this is telling, particularly in sticky mud where they don’t provide a grip that is much better than my normal road shoes.

If you don’t tackle the hard stuff , these shoes would do the job and are perhaps more ideal than more rugged versions if you transition between tarmac and trail  (my current fave, the Salamon Speedcross feel like football studs on the road). But for secure traction on any terrain, they are not quite up to the job.

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