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    Caspar Harmer

    I’m currently looking at getting some O-shoes and wondered if anyone had any advice about what to get for the wet NZ winter.

    Was thinking that the Inov-8 Oroc might be a good one: http://www.wiggle.com.au/inov-8-oroc-280-aw13/ or perhaps the X-Talon.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of other shoes out there – VJ Bold, Icebug or even the Silva range.

    Any advice, experiences, preferences out there?



    X-Talon 212 seems to be the shoe of choice for most in NZ. Some find the tread wears out quickly, but that’s because they wear them for urban races as well. I find the X-Talons too narrow and use the inov-8 mudclaw instead. The orocs would be good in the south as they have metal spikes for better snow and ice traction but are much less common in NZ. You can see most of the inov-8s at Bivouac stores now. And my latest pair of O shoes (the Salomon Fellraiser) is now available via Kathmandu stores – I got mine from wiggle.

    No shoe is good in every situation so…
    My current O shoe list: Mudclaw-forest, Fellraiser-Farm, Trailroc-Urban parks, Brooks Pureflow-hard surfaces (schools/roads etc)
    They last longer and work better if you use them for what they’re good at.


    Caspar Harmer

    I wish I could have that many specialised shoes! I think I’m just going to go with a pair of X-Talons like you suggest and hope they can do the job in most cases. Thanks.

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