So, I bought these yesterday. Inov-8 X-Talon 212.
I had been looking at them for a few weeks and really set on getting them for the Savage Race in October. I was feeling a bit torn about it because at $120 they are $20 more than I pay for the running shoes I wear all the time and it seemed like a lot to pay for something that would be immediately submerged in mud. Zappos put them on sale for $107.99 and I jumped at any chance to not pay $120. I think they will be worth it.
Of shoes I already owned my options were limited. My road shoes wouldn’t work. I had considered my Vibram Five Fingers Bikila but although I have only logged about 250 miles in them I have already had to repair holes with shoe goo and I didn’t want them falling apart half way through. The trail runners I already own are from the first line of Brooks PureGrit and although I love them, the traction in them pretty much sucks. I learned this the hard way nearly breaking my arm slipping on a patch of wet concrete during a 5 mile mountain run on a 25 degree morning. I know they are meant for trails, but sometimes man made surfaces pop up and they will certainly be in an obstacle race.
So, pretty excited to try these out.