I know that this is more of a blog about running snowshoes than running shoes and more about snowshoe racing than running racing. However, a lot of you have been asking me “What are the best running shoes to wear with my snowshoes?” So, I thought that I would talk to a few fellow snowshoers to see what worked the best for them. Remember that just because one shoe works for one snowshoer, it won’t necessarily be the best choice for you as well.
A lot of the snowshoers with whom I spoke talked quite a bit about asics running shoes as well as brooks running shoes. The majority of them seemed to prefer the brooks, so that is what I will focus on today. Hopefully we’ll get to a review of the asics running shoes sometime soon.
One of the snowshoers with whom I spoke was sporting the Tubbs frontier snowshoes. She mentioned that she preferred to wear the womens brooks glycerin during her snowshoe training. When asked which version of the brooks glycerin womens she was wearing, she mentioned that it was the glycerin 9.
I asked her what she liked the most about the womens brooks glycerin 9 and she simply stated, “They just make my feet feel happy!” Sounds like a great reason to be wearing them. After all, when hitting those trails hard, you don’t want your feet to be sad. Brooks has enhanced the flexibility of the glycerin by adding what they call the “Omega flex grooves.” They claim that this helps to improve the efficiency of your gait.
Brooks has also added the “Brooks DNA” along the full length of the midsole of the shoe. The “Brooks DNA” is the new cushioning material that they have developed for their shoes. They have also changed their “MoGo midsole” in order to make it more environmentally friendly. Apparently, a natural additive that is contained within the new “BiMoGo” midsole is extremely attractive to anaerobic microbes, as they are now said to devour the shoe at 50 times their prior pace once the shoes are tossed in the dump.
The brooks glycerin womens shoe is for neutral runners who aren’t in need of that extra stability. When placed on the scale, the glycerin comes in at 9.8 oz. Brooks also guarantees the shoe with their 30-day satisfaction guarantee. When you buy running shoes online, you can replace or exchange your womens brooks glycerin within the first 30 days with no questions asked.
While I was out on the trail, I ran in to Tom who was sporting the MSR evo snowshoes. I asked him which type of shoe he prefers to slide into his evo snowshoes and just yelled as he flew by me… “asics running shoes buy online!” OK… well, that wasn’t quite the amount of detail for which I was looking, but he was in the middle of his workout, so I understood.
It was ok though, because I was hoping to find someone sporting some brooks, as that seemed to be the most popular choice of the day on both the womens and the mens side. Well, shortly thereafter, Aaron was just finishing up his workout on the tubbs wilderness snowshoes. “What shoes are you wearing today Aaron?” He responded by telling me that he usually likes to wear off road running shoes, but he decided to go out on a limb last time and try out the brooks addiction mens shoes.
“Are you happy with your decision Aaron?” I asked. “Well, at first I wasn’t sure, but these things are great! They have so much support!” The brooks addiction mens shoe also has the new patented “Brooks DNA” for a bit more cushion than previous models. The addiction is a control shoe for those of you who need lots of support when you are out there working hard on the snowy trails. They come in at about 12.4 oz on the scale and also come with the no questions asked 30 day guarantee.