The Best Fell Running Shoes

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If running on flat, paved tracks, trails, and roadways isn't challenging enough for you, fell running, or the sport of running on hills and other steep terrain, will likely be a more taxing alternative. As the lifestyle guide Livestrong (See Reference 1) notes, the sport has its origins in the hilly fells region of Great Britain, and typical fell running courses can stretch between less than six miles and more than 16 miles. If you are thinking of taking up fell running, make sure to invest in a pair of sturdy, high-traction fell running shoes, as standard running shoes will likely be unsuitable for the harsh terrain you encounter.

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Walsh PB Elite Trainer

According to the running resource website Road and Fell Running, the brand name Walsh is "iconic" in the fell running community. All of Walsh's fell running shoe models feature a minimalist, utilitarian design and large studs for increased traction; the PB Elite Trainer is no exception. PB Elite Trainers are known for providing fell runners with lots of stability, and for providing optimal grip on rock, grass and mud. A pair of the shoes weighs 526 grams, or approximately 0.567 Kilogram.

New Balance RX Terrain

New Balance RX Terrain fell running shoes are lighter in weight compared to the Walsh shoes, weighing just 220 grams, or approximately 1/2 pound. Also, as the running resource website Up and Running notes, some runners find the New Balance RX Terrains more comfortable than the Walshes. Other features of the shoes include low-profile midsoles, studded bottoms and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)-reinforced heel braces. TPU is a synthetic elastomer, which is both strong and flexible.

La Sportiva Crosslite

While perhaps better known for their line of boots, the Italian company La Sportiva also produces high quality fell running shoes: the La Sportiva Crosslites. These shoes feature rubber traction lugs on their bottoms, which you can easily fit spikes over, and have breathable, mesh top portions, or uppers. According to Up and Running, the Sportiva Crosslites also offer a distinctive braking system, which absorbs impacts and helps you slow down when trying to stop on inclines. The shoes weight 352 grams, or approximately 3/4 pound.

Inov-8 Flyroc 310

According to Up and Running, Inov-8's shoes are becoming a mainstay on the fell running scene. Many top fell runners are turning to the shoes due to their high-traction soles, support and comfort. One of Inov-8's top models is the Flyroc 310, a pair of which weighs 310 grams, or approximately 3/4 pound. The fell running shoes offer mesh linings for breathability, padded ankle collars, and antimicrobial foot-beds which resist odour.

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