It’s just a month away to the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, and I’ve two pairs of shoes that I planned on using that are starting to fall apart, so maybe it’s time for a bit of a rethink. Above are my non so catchily named Salomon XA 3D Pro Ultra’s. They took me last year on the UTMB from Chamonix to Courmayeur, where I changed into a older pair for the second half through to the finish.
My shoes in the photo are displaying the normal Salomon weak points of soles that wear quickly, and the holes that form on the top where the toes flex as the heel rises each step. I’m not whinging about this though, as you can’t take it away from these shoes, that they are damn comfy and have never once given me a blister, even when used straight out of the box.
My contra-minimalist Hoka’s are too deciding to fall apart, with sections of the tread flaking away from the marshmallow sole unit. These shoes run amazingly well, and they feel like you are wearing a pair of slippers. My plan for the UTMB was to leave them in Courmayeur for the half way change if I needed to adapt my footwear during the race.
Anyway, it looks like I’ve got to go back to the drawing board to think about which shoes to take on the UTMB this year. Any advice is welcome, via my blog, email or twitter. Oh the delights of the mans right to shoes!