Trail running across the UK is growing in popularity at a significant rate; that's the view of Mizuno's Rob Henderson. And that trend is the driver behind MIzuno's big advance in the trail shoe market.
Rob explains: "We're hugely excited here at Mizuno to be introducing a ground-breaking range of trail shoes in 2014. We believe that the Wave Hayate (top image), the Wave Kazan (middle image) and the Wave Mujin (bottom image) are set to be leaders in the trail shoe field and that their combination of comfort, high performance and looks is certain to win the approval of the growing trail running fraternity.
"The Wave Hayate is a fast and aggressive shoe for competitive trail runners. The Wave Kazan is a great all-rounder for all off road training. Finally, the Wave Mujin is for maximun protection on more rugged runs."
"The Hayate, the Kazan and the Mujin all boast the technologies that make the shoes unique - X10, the carbon rubber that offers unbeatable durability and traction; U41C, the lightweight midsole that rides light but with outstanding comfort; and XtaticRide which gives the adaptation you need when landing on rough surfaces for a smoother and faster transition."
Rob takes the view that trail running, once viewed as an autumnal diversion, is now a year round activity. He says: "We know from the growth of off-road events, from the development of trail shoes and apparel and the buzz around social media that trail running is now a 12 month passion.
"For many the colours and light of autumn remains the big pull while others claim that the crisp air of a bright winter day is their favourite. However spring time trail running has its devotees and summer is when the great opens spaces are at their most accessible.
"Whatever your season of choice, the modern-day trail runners has an exciting range of shoes and clothing to make sure that they are can be comfortable and safe from January through to December.
Here at the RUNNING GUIDES we were struck by Rob Henderson's view that trail running was now year round, as popular in sunny June as golden October. So we've decided to make that the subject of our September poll.
Enter our new poll (via the website home page) to tell us your favourite season or if you are a hardy perennial.
Full details of the Mizuno trail shoe range at the Mizuno website.