Trail Running Shoes Ireland Buying Guide
Are you hoping to hit the trails in Ireland and wondering what the best trail running shoes are?
We’re lucky that Ireland has some of the best trail running routes in the world, so it would be a shame not to change up your running and take in some of the best of what Ireland offers.
But remember, it’s horse for courses with trail running and getting the right trail running shoes to handle the terrain is crucial.
That’s because trail running can be damp, dirty and rocky, so you’re going to need a running shoe that can handle all those factors and still retain the running performance.
That’s why below we’ve picked out some of the best trail running shoes for the trails in Ireland just for you.
Before you read them, if you want to find out more information on trail running, our blog on Getting Started in Trail Running will tell you everything you need to know.
Trail Running Shoes Ireland: Best for Men
Nike Pegasus 3 GORE-TEX
The Nike Pegasus is one of the most renowned running shoes on the market, so this trail running version will help you venture off the beaten path.
It features the same cushioned support, plus added midfoot construction, tough traction and a neutral support.
The GORE-TEX upper offers you waterproofness – so important for the Irish weather – while on your run, and an additional gaiter at the collar keeps debris from falling into your shoe mid-run!
The rubber outsole gives grip inspired by bike tyres, with extra traction at the heel and toe for those big ascends and descends!
The ASICS Gel-Venture 8 is another classic ASICS running designed with the outdoors in mind.
It has been upgraded with a more accommodating forefoot fit, reducing overlays but with absolutely no durability sacrificed.
The re-engineered lugs under the heel is designed to be more durable and contains a traction pattern that will keep you stuck to the earth.
It’s also incredibly affordable too, suitable for your trail running, hike or general exploring.
Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX
This trail running shoe gives you the freedom to explore any roughness of trail and still feel protected thanks to the DNA LOFT v2 cushioning.
Brooks have also added an extra 2mm of foam to the midsole along with more release grooves to increase adaptability on the roughest of ground.
The specifically designed Ballistic Rock Shield will keep your feet protected and they’ve even added drainage ports so to allow any surface water to escape quickly.
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8
In terms of best trail running shoes for Ireland, the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 is punching well above its weight.
It’s a no frills trail running shoe fitted with only what you need to keep you agile and upright on your trail runs.
Plus, the soft cushioning on the sole and responsive feel actually gives you that little extra spring with every step!
Trail Running Shoes Ireland: Best for Women
Nike Juniper Trail
Affordable, consistent and durable – everything you need in a trail running shoe.
The Nike Juniper Trail will give you a consistent ride on the trail runs in Ireland and is built with rocks and rough terrain in mind.
It’s surprisingly light for a trail running shoe, but still retains incredible traction and offering support that would give any trail running shoe a run for their money.
ASICS GEL-SONOMA 6 G-TX
The GEL-SONOMA 6 G-TX takes inspiration from the popular ASICS trail running family and is really popular for runners of all levels.
ASICS have also used few resources to colour the durable sockliner for a more sustainable design approach.
While they still offer the GORE-TEX upper to keep your feet dry in the wettest of conditions while still maintaining a really solid fit.
The full length AMPLIFOAM midsole and GEL technology combine to offer trail runners support where the most impact absorption comes.
And if you’re worried about the grip, the ORTHOLITE sockliner keeps you attached and the multi-directional outsole keeps you stuck to all level of surfaces.
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8
The Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 8 keeps it light and tight.
The heel is designed to lock in place, keeping your foot secure and moving with the shoe. It results in more agility over rocky terrain.
Multidirectional traction lugs in the heel are made from high-abrasion rubber. They help provide enhanced grip on descents and ascents.
A Zoom Air unit in the forefoot provides extra responsiveness, returning your energy to help guide you down the trail, while a rock plate at the heel helps shield your foot on rough terrain.
Plus, it looks super cool!
We hope this trail running shoes Ireland buying guide will help you get started on your trail running journey!
All that's left to do is get out and embrace the trails of Ireland.
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Don't forget to enjoy it!