Is there anything better than running through mud and dirt? There is nothing more fun than getting dirty. Seriously. Nothing beats running outdoors down a beautiful trail. But, if you’re running trails then I hope you know that you need to have special shoes—trail running shoes. It’s not just another marketing scam or someone trying to sell you yet another pair of shoes. Trail running shoes have special soles that allow you to run over tree roots, rocks and uneven ground—without hurting your soles or twisting your ankle. Plus, those big lugs on the sole? Those are to make picking the dirt out easier.
If you’re just starting to run trails you’ll quickly find that the more demanding the terrain is, the more demands are made on your shoe (thus, a trail running shoe). I’m going to be totally biased here, I run in Asics and I love them. Asics trail running shoes are actually up to the challenge. Personally, I run in the Asics 2160, which are, in my opinion, the best.
Put simply, these Asics trail running shoes are better for the feet in the trail running environment. The variety of angles you encounter, the obstacles of small rocks and stones, branches, changing earth firmness and a host of other reasons makes the Asics 2160 trail running shoe a safe bet for your feet. No joke, I love my Asics trail running shoe so much that I bought a pair to wear for everyday use; they also work well for stepping over trash and cracked pavement in the city. And they feel great on my feet. Part of the reason is the firm yet forgiving middle padding.
Not to mention the durability of the materials Asics uses. Plus, I like the styling, finding it to be a clean look, and available in a choice of three colors. They offer a pretty cool lime green, however, the black suits my style more, but once you run a few trail miles in the Asics 2160 you won’t be too concerned about color. It is the feel that will keep you hooked.
The Asics 2160 trail running shoe is similar to past versions of the 2100 series, which have developed a loyal following through the many years they have been on the market.
And, hey, it’s not just me—lots of trail runners have found this version to be the best Asics trail running shoes yet. Whether you are overpronated or not you should find the strength of support in this shoe to be helpful. Asics 2160’s have been modified since the last model with Asics’s patented Impact Guidance System. This enables the foot to transition more smoothly from heel to toe. This can make for a much smoother run even for those runners with a pronation.
All in all, the 2160, now known as the GT2160 is a reliable and enjoyable trail running shoe and you may find, that like me, you don’t ever want to take them off.