TNF Hyper Track Guides
Martin Bell, Manager of our Ellis Brigham Aviemore store, can often be seen running in the Cairngorms. He completed his first 12 hour race (The Glenmore 24) last year covering over 57 miles and finishing a very respectable 8th. This year he’s training for the London Marathon raising money to help cure Parkinsons.
Martin recently tried out a pair of the new The North Face Hyper Track Guide running shoes and here’s how he got on:
From the 1st time wearing the Hyper Track Guides I've felt as if my speed has improved, I believe this even more since I ran a personal best in the Inverness 1/2 Marathon by 4 mins, in the slightly testing conditions of 2 degrees and sideways rain for the majority of the race!
The shoes themselves are lightweight, breathable, supportive and responsive. They are a neutral shoe which is ideal for me as I use a custom made footbed. So far I've used them on trail and road and they perform just as well on both. They offer plenty of shock absorption whilst pounding the tarmac and give the lightweight responsive low-to-the-ground feel that I prefer over traditional 'beefy' road shoes as they have an 8mm differential (16mm/8mm heel/forefoot heights). Whilst on the trail they offer great balance, which is down to the 'Cradle Guide' in the midsole. This somehow manages to give a faster stride turnover. The heel is kept stable and the foothold is responsive on uneven terrain. They also have a large toebox that takes into account the swelling that will occur over long distances.
All in all, an instant favourite :)