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Gore Tex Running Shoes, Are They worth It?

Ever considered running in gore-tex waterproof shoes?

As you can imagine, there are some real benefits of running in a gore-tex shoe, especially during the winter months.

Here at Alton Sports we have had 3 Gore-Tex running shoes on test and below are our 3 main comparisons from Gore-Tex to non Gore-Tex running shoes.

The gore-tex running models on test:

Brooks gore-tex upperNike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex – A very well cushioned trail shoe with a smooth soft ride for the runner looking for light grip and stability.
Women’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-TexMen’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex

Brooks Ghost GTX – A neutral well cushioned road running model. One of Brooks most popular models, the Ghost is now available in a Gore-Tex option.
Women’s Brooks Ghost GTXMen’s Brooks Ghost GTX

Brooks Cascadia GTX – The trusted Cascadia, Brooks well known trail model now in a Gore-Tex option, a slightly more stable options to the Nike Pegasus trail Gore-Tex model.
Women’s Cascadia GTXMen’s Cascadia GTX

Reasons why Gore-Tex is a great option:

  1. Gore-Tex models are great for this time of year, as the weather gets colder and wetter, Gore-Tex will help protect your feet from the elements. Chilblains are no fun and as runners we all know foot health is very important.

  2. Keeping your socks and feet dry will help to prevent any extra movement in your shoes in turn keeping blistering and rubbing at bay.
  3. Gore-Tex shoes keep trail running fun throughout the winter. If you’re someone who hits the trails only when dry then during the wetter months you might find your spending most of your miles on the pavements. Keeping a % of your runs off road a week helps keep impact injuries at bay as well as improving proprioception as we hit the trails all in turn good for overall strength.

Gore-Tex footwear is an extremely helpful item of kit in the wetter months.

We therefore highly recommend Gore-Tex in trail models to protect your foot against damp grass through to muddy icy puddles.

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Why we need different shoes when hitting the trails!

Here at Alton Sports we have seen a huge uptake of trail running over the past year. This fills most of us with complete pride and joy as we share the love for off road running as well, being out in nature and finding head space is of course a great experience as we all adapt to our recent life changes.
National lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced us all to run local more than ever, this is where we are seeing more and more of you taking to the trails for perhaps the first time. The trail running market is just as big as road running now, with loads of options from all your favourite brands! We wanted to share with you all the differences you will experience from a road running shoe to a trail option.
1-Grip – Trail running shoes will have a deeper sole grip than your road shoes, the rubber is
softer so that it can move with the changing terrain we run on. The ground underneath us is
more likely to move than the pavement. Having a softer rubber tread gives us more traction
as we adapt with every stride. With this in mind the grip will wear quicker if worn on roads
for periods of time.
2-Upper – you will find trail shoes have a more durable upper to protect our feet. Small
features such as the laces and the toe bumper will be stronger materials to help stop any
discomfort during navigation through those woods.
3-Rock plates – Most, not all trail shoes have a rock plate in the forefoot, you generally can’t
see these but their purpose is to protect toe joints in the forefoot when running on stony or
flinty ground. If your running in areas that are Stoney or flint covered get in touch with us
and we can point you in the right direction of options.
4-Support – Unlike our road options trail shoes don’t come in categories of support levels
however some trail options are more stable than others. The stability comes from the heel
counter and flexibility in the midfoot.
Support levels in your trail shoe isn’t as important as your road runner, this is due to the
ever changing ground that we are landing on when trail running. When we road run our
bodies movement is nearly the same every time we strike off whereas with off road running
our foot placement is different with each stride.
If you are worried at all about support in certain trail options please do get in touch.
We hope this helps with any questions you might have had about trail running shoe options and why we would need a different pair of shoes when hitting the trails. Please remember to stay safe when adventuring, always take your phone for emergencies and tell someone where you are planning to run.
Any questions please do get in touch either via social media or enquiries@altonsports.co.uk
Thanks all, Happy Trails!