The idea of trail running appeals to me. I spent untold hours in the woods in my youth, wandering around, catching lizards, climbing rocks, rolling boulders down hills, okay granted they were small boulders. Even being 6′ by age 12 there’s only so big a boulder you can dislodge by yourself or with friends.
I’m on the far end of the bell curve in terms of size in most areas. Most.”
Knowing from experience that my road shoes of forced preference suck donkey butt on grass and non-road terrain I went looking for shoe options.
Thanks to genetics, nutrition, active life style and nurturing environment in my youth, I’m on the far end of the bell curve in terms of size in most areas. Most.
So with my size 13 4E ideal shoe size requirements firmly in hand I go looking online. I’m shocked to find there are not one but two whole options for a dedicated trail shoe that comes in that size that is for a neutral to slightly pronated gait. The New Balance Leadville V3 and the New Balance Hierro V2. Okay shocked is a strong word, fully expecting is probably the best term.
New Balance has for a lot of years now, okay decades, been my shoe of choice simply because they’re the only manufacture that actively caters to the large footed crowd.
So that they make both of the options I could try isn’t surprising.
The question becomes which one… Trying one on locally isn’t an option, no one carries either one in the size I need. Yes I did call around.
The Leadville, in spite of it’s homage to a rather famous trail run as I hear, has a few complaints about it and I don’t care for the odd number of lace holes and the lack of a heel lock hole. The Hierro being brand new has no real world reviews.
So I’ll have to guess I suppose. Order one from Running Warehouse and hope it works out. I have a 50/50 shot of getting the better of the two.
The reason this is coming up is I have this stupid ass thought of trying to do a 50k trail run in fall. Says the person who’s still to do a half marathon (scheduled for May). It’s a beginner trail run with a fair amount of dirt and gravel roads as part of the trail. And 50k is enough to get you the Ultra runner status albeit by just a few miles. But you can by letter of the law sashay around the holding pens in your “yeah I ran an ultra, what have you done lately?” shirt.
And honestly isn’t that worth something?