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NVii Terra TT Review | High Grip Trail Running Shoes

NVii (pronounced envy) are a Finish orienteering brand. They designed their shoes for racing through the undergrowth in Scandinavian forests. Their shoes have to be tough enough to cope with all the abrasion from thick under growth, whilst being light and flexible enough to ride over the rough ground. It goes without saying that the outsole needs to grip on a large combination of surfaces from wet rock, wood and mud to drier loose and dusty terrain. The current bout of wet weather has made the trails perfect to test... Read More

What Running Head Torch Do I Need? | Head Torches at NorthernRunner.com

As headtorches have improved, becoming brighter and lighter in weight, they have transformed night-time running and are a must have for the winter. If you are running on country roads in the winter evenings then a headtorch is an essential piece of kit. Certain models are now good enough to allow you to explore off-road at night, which is particularly dangerous without the right vision. Running at night over fields and through woods give you a whole new sensory experience. It also builds in a feeling of adventure as the... Read More

Altra Escalante Racer Review | Zero Drop & FootShape Responsive Road Shoes

In the middle of a pandemic when there are very few races to take part in, it seems strange to be reviewing a racing shoe! However, the Altra Escalante Racer is for much more than just competition. Like all Altra shoes, the Escalante Racer is Zero Drop. This means that there is no raised heel. They are designed to allow your foot to land more naturally on your midfoot. The shoes also have a broad and rounded toe box, which Altra trademarked as ‘FootShape’. This is to allow your feet... Read More

La Sportiva Akyra Review | Cushioned Trail Running Shoes

As winter approaches and the trails get wetter, it’s the time many runners start to look for a versatile trail running shoe that can do it all. The Akyra is an offering from La Sportiva that might just tick all the boxes. La Sportiva is an Italian Mountain Brand. Founded in 1928 in Val di Fiemme. They started making rock climbing shoes and transitioned 90 plus years later into all aspects of mountain-based activities. The La Sportiva Akyra is described as a mountain running shoe. Designed for long days out... Read More

Altra Torin 4.5 Plush Review | Cushioned Zero Drop Road Running Shoes

The latest Torin 4.5 Plush is the latest in a line of shoes designed as Altra’s everyday training shoe. A shoe designed to offer a good level of cushioning so you can put in the higher miles. The previous Torin 4 was actually available in two versions. The Torin 4 has a firmer more responsive feel and the Torin 4 Plush has a much softer, more pillow like ride to it. The Torin 4.5 Plush is an updated version of the softer variant. The main change to the shoe is... Read More

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Inov-8 Terraultra G 270 (Graphene) Review | Cushioned Ultramarathon Running Shoes

The Inov-8 Terraultra G 270 was launched in the UK in July 2020 and replaces the Terraultra G 260. Like the G 260, the G 270 is a zero drop trail running shoe designed to be used for even the longest ultramarathon distances. A lot of the features are the same. The Terraultra G 270 still has a broader and rounded toe box, which along with the zero heel to forefoot drop promotes better foot function and good posture. There is room for your foot to spread on impact to... Read More

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La Sportiva Jackal Review

The Jackal is the latest edition to La Sportiva’s range of mountain running shoes and is designed for off-road ultramarathons. As John Kelley’s recent Pennine Way Record would testify, the Jackal does this job well! Northern Runner Ambassador Kim Collison has written a review on our blog telling us what a great shoe the jackal is for this mixed off-road type of terrain. You can read it here: https://www.northernrunner.com/blog/la-sportiva-jackal-review/. However, most of our customers don’t buy a shoe for only one type of running and want a shoe that will... Read More

New Balance 880v10 Review | Cushioned Road Running Shoes

The New Balance 880 has been in New Balance range for ten years now. It was designed as the everyday running shoe, the ‘all-rounder’. A running shoe that will cope with the short easy runs, the longer easy runs and the quicker sessions too. It is cushioned, but responsive and not ‘soggy’. There has been little change in recent years and the New Balance 880 has become a popular shoe for many runners. However, the 880v10 has changed a lot. The upper is now Hypoknit, which has been designed with... Read More

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Hoka One One Clifton Edge Review | Cushioned Road Running Shoes

The Hoka One One Clifton Edge is the latest shoe in Hoka’s road running range. It’s a neutral shoe designed to give the smoothest ride yet, even compared with flagships like the Clifton. By ‘smoothest ride’ they mean the shoe facilitates a quick landing to toe off, with most landing on their heel somewhat. The first thing that you notice about this shoe is that the midsole is longer than the shoe, with an extension at the back to form a kind of tail. This is to give an earlier... Read More

10/07/2020

Topo Athletic Runventure 3 Review | Zero Drop Trail Running Shoes

Topo Athletic is a brand designed to let your feet function. All of the shoes have a broad and rounded toe box to give your feet the room to spread on impact. This stabilises you and stretches out the planta fascia, which cushions you and springs you into your next step. In order for you to be able to land midfoot and load the foot correctly, all Topo running shoes have a low heel to forefoot drop ranging from 0mm to 5mm. The Runventure 3 is a lightweight zero drop... Read More