The best running shoe for cross country

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The best running shoe for cross country
Cross country shoes are designed to absorb more punishment. (off and running image by Andrew Kazmierski from Fotolia.com)

Cross country runners encounter terrain that track and road runners never have to worry about. There is no such thing as a groomed cross country course. If you prefer the diversity provided by running through mud, water, grasslands, forest or over rolling hills, then suitable footwear must be considered. The best cross country shoes incorporate designs that protect the feet during virtually any type of run and through every type of terrain.

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Montrail Mountain Masochist

Montrail's Mountain Masochist was a winner of "Outside" magazine's Gear of the Year award. This cross country model was designed with traction, the occasional paved road and either recreational or competition in mind. Features include a mesh upper, gusseted tongue, open toe box, webbing and strap system for fit, low-profile, mid-sole utilising Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) foam and Gryptoniteout-sole. The running shoes weigh 306 g (10.8 oz), are available in standard sizes and have a 2012 price of approximately £70.

Montrail Mountain Masochist Montrail.com

Adidas Adizero XT

The Adidas Adizero XT was a winner of "Runner's World" magazine's Editor's Choice award for best trail shoe. The Adizero XT was designed with standard to narrow feet in mind and is a sound choice for running over technical trails where there are loose rocks or protruding roots. Features include ample forefoot cushioning, a torsion system that allows the fore and rear foot to move independently and a Traxion rubber out-sole. The running shoes weigh 292 g (10.3 oz), come in standard sizes and have a 2012 price of £72.

Adidas Adizero XT Shop.adidas.co.uk

Brooks Cascadia 4

The Brooks Cascadia 4 was a winner of "Runner's World" magazine's Editor's Choice award for best trail shoe. The Cascadia 4 was designed for runners with normal or high arches who will be running cross country over trails and the occasional stretch of pavement. Features include Eco-friendly mid-sole materials, wider spaced laces for more toe-box room for wide feet and laces made of 100 per cent recycled material. Specifications include a weight of 357 g (12.6 oz), standard sizes and a 2012 price of £76.

Brooks Cascadia 4 Brooksrunning.eu

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