Best for muddy, wet and slippy trails goes to:
Inov-8 Trailroc 235
Fantastic grip from the studs. Sheds mud well. Drains well when wet. Light and comfortable. Removable insole allows quick drying and lacing holds foot well in slippy conditions.
See for more info: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/update-on-inov-8-trailroc-235s.html
Best general all-trail shoe goes to:
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS
Very natural feeling, great fit and comfort. Lacing holds foot well and kevlar insert protects against sharp and pointy trail obstacles. Fantastic ground feel and very light. Grip copes well with a variety of terrain.
See for more info: http://caveman-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/vibram-fivefingers-spyridon-vs-spyridon.html
Best for short fast runs on dry and compact stony trails goes to:
New Balance Minimus MT00/WT00
Extremely light and airy, and grip has just enough thickness to protect against stone bruising.
Best transition shoe goes to:
New Balance Minimus MT10/WT10
Just the right amount of protection, cushioning and heel-toe differential to wear when transitioning to bareform running without straining the calves too much too soon. Especially when slowly incorporating bareform running in to an already established running routine.
Best road runner goes to:
New Balance Minimus MR00/WR00
Comfy, light and great looking shoe with lots of grip.
Please see link below for video review by BarefootAthleteVideo
Best gym and crossfit shoe goes to:
Inov-8 BareXF 210
Tough, robust, grippy, comfy and lightweight. Will take whatever you throw at it.
Please see link below for video of the Bare XF 210 from INOV8run
I hope this brief post helps with those Christmas choices. Any comments welcome.
Happy Running and a Merry Christmas to you all