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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 21, 2012 - 09:28am PT
I'm in the market for a great running shoe and need suggestions. I'm not looking for a cross-trainer type shoe....I need the best, most comfortable shoe to do some serious pavement pounding....price is not an issue.

Suggestions?
monolith

climber
albany,ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:07am PT
Comfort to most means support. Support can seriously mess you up if you get the pronation thing wrong.

Better to go to a minimalist shoe, imho, like Merrell and develop good running technique.
locker

Social climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:10am PT


"Suggestions? "...

Yes...

But I don't think you're going to like it...
































































KIDDING!!!...

LOL!!!...

;-)

handsome B

Gym climber
SL,UT
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:13am PT
Comfort? On pavement?

No shoe at all.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:16am PT
Brooks Beast...great shoe with wonderful support.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:16am PT
Before the hip started to go and I ran regularly, I had the best luck with Asics, then New Balance second for durability.

The Nikes always started out comfy but beat flat and fell apart the quickest.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:16am PT
Five fingers
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:16am PT
Pavement pounding is hard on your body, and since you are a climber you are much more top-heavy than your average runner. If you're doing more than 3 days a week and more than 20 miles a week I would look into something like Innov8 or an even more minimalist shoe - and change the way you run a little bit. Traditional jogging is terrible for your body, but if that's what you like then keep on at it... I switched over 2 years ago to more minimalist footwear but also a better/healthier stride and can now run 7 days a week, where as before my knees/shin splints/spine wouldn't allow any more than 3 or 4.
locker

Social climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:18am PT


Hey Dean...

"and change the way you run a little bit"...

You're going to have to make some MAJOR changes dude...

LOL!!!...

matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:20am PT
For my trail running I like the asics, but it really depends on your foot. try em on and get what feels best...like climbing shoes! dunno about the minimalist deal as I've never tried it but seems like it's worth a shot.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:20am PT
Dean, I'm real tight with money generally, but this is one case where you need to loosen up your wallet and go to a specialized local running shoe store and spend the $. Maybe check out a couple and go where you feel you get the most bang for your buck. Furthermore, if they recommend custom molded insoles, just buy them. I bought 2 pairs for my wife when she decided to train to run the marathon: and it was damned expensive (got the deal 2 for the price of one =$150.00), but less than any medical bill that would have followed.

Good luck!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2012 - 10:21am PT
I won't skimp....gotta find the best system money can buy.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:27am PT
I've been running since 1969. I don't think which shoe you wear (if any) matters that much. Last week I did about 50. I seldom take a day off.

Leg strength has been the key to my running longevity. The only running injury I've ever had is Achilles tendonitis, which can be prevented (and rehabbed) by exercise (Am J Sports Med 1998 May;26(3):360-366).


Do leg presses and run hills. I met a guy at the Carlsbad marathon who'd been running on pavement barefoot for years.



eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:29am PT
If you're a New Balance foot. . . check out the 1540s. . . I'm sportin' them, these days, and they ROCK!

http://www.newbalance.com/New-Balance-1540/M1540,default,pd.html

Credit: FromGOOG (rhymes with spooge)
roadman

climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:30am PT
Brooks are great.
Don't let anyone fool u into going down that minimalist crap. It's a fad and has nothing to do with running.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:36am PT
It's not a fad. I've only run in five fingers for over two years. The tightness in my lower back is gone. My knees feel much better after a run. Read Born to Run and make an informed decision. More expensive shoes result in more impact. Arch support makes for weak arches. It's common sense.
Silver

Gym climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:38am PT
Dean ill call the Lithuanian who used to post here until he started running ultra marathons.

Dalius ran a marathon without training in 3: 09

He has since run something like 10 100 mile plus races.

Ill see what he recommends as well.


Hope you are well my friend.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:40am PT
I won't skimp....gotta find the best system money can buy.


Man... this is completely the wrong way to look at footwear.

None of us have seen you run, ever, so making an assessment of what you need is rediculous. It's like asking a doctor "I don't feel right, I'll take the best medicine you got. Price is no option."

Go to the local shop (there are several I'm sure on the East Side) and have THEM tell you - the older the guy working there, the better. I think the one in Bishop should be one of the better guys around, for a looong ways.

Your body is worth it - trust me.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:42am PT
I agree with zBrown. The running shoe industry is a scam. My running is also plagued by shin splints, but the solution for me isnt different shoes. It's to stop running and use a stationary bike or some other aerobic equipment at the gym until the shin splints are gone. Then alternate running and biking for a while. Mentally you may be able to ramp up your mileage very fast but your body can't do it, and its easy to overtrain. Slow and steady wins the race, your training program should be over a period of years, not one of the 3 month marathon programs. Those put me on the couch every time.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Are marathons the new Everest?
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