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: 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


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


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

la-sportiva-jackal-review 05/07/2020

La Sportiva Jackal Review | Cushioned Trail/Mountain Running Shoes

During lock down a new pair of shoes arrived in the post from La Sportiva. It’s always exciting when a new shoe arrives and you get to slip them on to your feet for the first time. Often you know whether they will be good or not straight away, and the Jackal was a good fit. My first impression was these shoes are designed for ultra, with plenty of cushioning. The cushioning was supportive and very comfortable and with already over 100 fell and trail miles they have quickly become... Read More

Hoka Carbon X Review | Carbon Fibre Running Shoes

For as long as I have been selling running shoes customers have always asked jokingly if the shoes they were purchasing would ‘make them run faster’. Off course the reality has always been that a shoe that suits your gait will make it more comfortable to run, reduce the chance of you getting injured, allowing you to run more and get fitter, run further or faster. There was an attempt to change this recently, when running companies like Hoka One One and New Balance started releasing shoes designed to help... Read More


Scott Supertrac RC 2.0 Review | Trail & Fell Running Shoes

Scott Sports launched the Supertrac RC on the 8th January 2017. In the 3 and a half years since then they have become a common site on the British fells and trails. The combination of grip and cushioning, in a lightweight responsive package has made them the shoe of choice for many runners. My last ‘A Category’ fell race was last year’s Blencathra race. The distinctive yellow outsoles seemed to be everywhere, almost like every other runner was wearing a pair. At the 2019 3 Peaks Race the winner Brennon... Read More

altra_timp_2_review 07/06/2020

Altra Timp 2 Review | High Cushioning Trail Running Shoes

The latest addition to the Altra Zero Drop trail running range is the Timp 2. The Timp has sat between the Lone Peak, which offers a nimble & flexible feel designed to cope with all trail conditions and the Olympus, Altra’s maximum cushioning trail shoe, designed to go the distance on firmer trails. A 100-mile shoe or the shoe for those who appreciate a lot of cushioning. The issue for many is that the Lone Peak isn’t cushioned enough to cope with road to trail and the Olympus isn’t nimble... Read More


Hoka One One Evo Mafate 2 Review | High Cushioning Trail Running Shoes

The Hoka Evo Mafate 2 is designed to be highly cushioned for long days of trail running, yet also nimble and light enough to run quickly in. The heel to forefoot drop is 4mm, with a high 35mm stack height in the heel, to 31mm in the forefoot. For those not used to such a thick midsole you will initially feel taller in the shoes! As with all Hoka trail running shoes, the Evo Mafate 2 has a rocker. This is designed to roll you through the gait cycle and... Read More


Topo Athletic Magnifly 3 Review – P2 Road Test | Zero Drop Road Running Shoes

The Topo Magnifly 3 has the same midsole and outsole as the previous version. It is is a light, responsive, zero drop everyday training shoe. The midsole comprises a soft EVA under the foot to give a comfortable and initially soft feeling landing. There is then a firmer EVA underneath to give a more responsive overall ride, great for keeping you moving quickly and lightly on your feet. The stack height is 25mm and this coupled with a good toe spring makes this a shoe that you can easily run... Read More