This is not something new to the outdoor world but it’s certainly new to me. Previously I wore North Face Hedgehog Mids which worked really well for me. The goretex inner was not perfect but it did a decent job at keeping my feet dry. unfortunately these boots recently died a magnificent death on the TGO Challenge. It was at this time I decided to take some advice from the fellow challengers. After discussing the merits of trail trainers in the Fife Arms in Braemar I decided I would give them a whirl.
I choose the Innov8 Roclite 320’s mainly because they don’t have an inner goretex liner so you can dry your trainers as you walk, and secondly because the shop was lacking in choice !!
I walked the second half of the TGO in the Roclites with seal skinz socks. This combination worked really well for me and my initial worries of the socks causing damp sweaty feet were unsubstantiated. Its a combo I will be using in the future and its great being able to walk straight through streams and puddles, the water actually cools your feet but the sock keeps out the water, a nice combo indeed.
My only niggles are the cushioning in the foot beds came detached but the nice people at Innov8 sent we some new footbeds for free. The laces are a bit short too but apart from this I am generally enjoying the whole trail trainer experience.