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I've had these shoes in the past and remembered them fondly so when I needed to replace my latest trail shoes and couldn't be bothered to shop around I just got these again! Rock+Run were very helpful when I needed to change up a size! (I've done a lot of running since I last had akashas and my feet have 'splayed'!) Incidentally I have a couple of friends who have loved this shoe too. I think it's quite versatile in that it's a good mountain/technical trail shoe but I'm happy on long hardpacked bridleways too, on account of the lovely cushioned insole. The only issue - and I had this with my previous pair too - was that the cushion on the achilles seems quite bulky. I haven't had a blister from it but it does feel slightly odd when I first put them on. Not enough to put me off the shoe though.
I still got trench foot and blisters at Lakeland 100 (2018) but I finished, and that was an achievement for a back of pack runner like me when 49% didn’t. These shoes have great grip and are comfy. Sometimes the conditions are just too rubbish for even the best.
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