Canicrossing is a rewarding sport for both you and your dog, having the correct kit ensures you are both comfortable and can run safely and in balance. However, being sure-footed is also important too and we are often asked which are the best trail trainers to run in?
To answer this question, who better than international Canicross medalist, Georgie Lambert. As well as competing at Canicross for Great Britain, Georgie also manages a group of sports shops, Alton Sports. We’re sure you will agree, she is very well qualified to guide us all!
Regular Trainers vs Trail Trainers – What’s the difference?
Trail trainers have more durable uppers – and helpful in all weather conditions. They also have stiffer, stronger sole units to help protect the foot from stones, roots and twisting in the wrong direction. The sole is usually more flexible too so you are able to move more comfortably over mixed terrain.
With mixed weather conditions throughout the year, you may end up with a least two types of trail trainers for canicross.
- Canicrossing in Summer conditions, on harder tracks
- Canicrossing in Winter conditions for wet muddy conditions
Trail trainers are designed to take on the intense impact of technical terrain, whilst offering a lightweight ventilated feel. Comfort and fit is key – but it’s the grip from the sole is what sets trail trainers apart. For canicross especially you need to feel confident on your feet.
- The distances you run
- The terrain you are on
- What time of year and weather conditions
During the dryer months, you can sometimes get away with wearing a road shoe on the trails. However, you will miss out on the durable upper that a trail shoe gives you, which might lead to brambles tearing your shoes or rocks stumping your toes!