Good hybrid/trail shoe recommendations?

Am very happy in my Asics Gel Kayanos and would wear them forever, runs are now getting a little more adventurous😮. They still consist of some hard roads but more and more bridleway (compact earth, old railway line - gets very muddy when it rains, woodland paths and a couple of fields! I think for the winter, a good hybrid shoe might be worth investing in? Have been looking at the Brooks Cascadia and also some of the Asics trail shoes, such as the Fujitrabuco. Any ideas? Will search for past posts on this but thought I'd ask as well! Thanks in advance😀🏃🏻😃

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  • I run some mixed terrain in brooks pure grit. The traction in the mud is fab but they're ok for some harder paths too.

  • Wahay! Welcome to the dirty side ;). I've got a pair of Salomon Fellraisers but they're really designed as the name suggests and don't really benefit from being banged along tarmac. I think they do trail shoes as well though, and I do like the fit and find them comfy and durable.

  • Hi Sandra, I've got asics gel keyanos, (love them) and have been happily running on bridle ways, farm tracks - and through the mud, for some time. When I asked at the shop I bought them, they advised that these should do fine, unless you're doing trails that have tree roots and really rugged terrain. Mine are fine on the odd 'obstacle' run (tree roots) - I have some trail shoes, but have hardly used them, so not sure what else to recommend...........


  • Oh, well thats food for thought! Thank you. Guess I shall just have to see how they go as the weather gets wetter!

  • I've been looking for some as well , but didn't want to shell out much as recently paid out for a pair of good NB road shoes, and have seen on the decathlon site a pair of kalenji trail shoes for £12.99, which have good reviews, also for women as well...

    A couple of guys on the Parkrun on Saturday told me that they use lightweight studded football trainers which can come cheaper...

  • I have a couple of Asics running shoes which are good but expensive. I bought two pairs of NB trail shoes ($50) and love them. I use them in preference to my Asics. I have a wide foot and my NBs fit beautifully and give me plenty of toes room.

  • I have some Innov8 trail shoes which are great in the mud, but can be painful if you are running too far on roads.

  • Don't run trails in road shoes! The soles of trail shoes are completely different. They have a very wide open tread so debris doesn't get fast in them. They have more traction to grip.

    I have had my Cascadias for over 2 years for trail running and I love them. The Fellraiser is more hardcore as the name suggests. I would read all the reviews, say on runners world, before making a choice. Then you might like to try some on.

  • I have already noticed that my Asics get plastered up with mud underneath, and had read that the open grip of a trail shoe means that debris will fall out more easily. Have read good things about the cascadia so may go and try some on and have a think. Having had an injury over the summer, I don't want to go slipping over just because I love my Asics!! The railway line I run on does get very muddy and I have taken to exploring more off road options! Certainly not hardcore enough for the Fellraiser, but want to be able to explore without coming a cropper! I read that the Cascadia is a good multi -terrain option, as some of my route is road. Would you agree? Thanks for your thoughts mw👍

  • The Cascadia would fit the bill as it's described as a "hybrid" to take you from a bit of Tarmac and onto the trail. You will notice on Tarmac that it does make a sucking, thwacking sound as it grips to the surface. Don't try road running in them though - just a short distance to get onto the trail. I've had mine 2 years, never washed em or cleaned them and they look fine. The dirt doesn't seem to stick to them.

    Trail shoes are designed to let the water through. Don't wear socks if you're going to hit deeper water. You can get "skins" if you don't want wet feet. There's nothing worse than wet socks inside your shoes. If the water is really cold it's awful. The skin-like socks are pricey though. If you think you won't be wading through water then wear socks

    These are mine, complete with Aldi socks, 2 years ago,

  • Thanks, that is really helpful.😀

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