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Ask Miles Anything: Gu and Shoes

Meet Miles!
This cute little guy is the new mascot for Foot Traffic, one of the most well-respected running stores in Portland and SW PDX. Each month we have been doing an AMA with Miles (stay tuned to our Instagram) and posting his responses here!

Q.  I’ve heard of Gu and Clif bar but what other nutrition is out there? Do Sasquatches have a favorite?

A. The best run nutrition is the kind that works best for YOU! There are plenty of brands out there, and there’s more than just gel too! Experiment with different gels, gummies, and drink mixes to find out what works best for you and your goals. Some of our favorite brands are Gu, Clif, Huma, Spring, Tailwind, and Hammer, and they have great flavors like salted caramel, strawberry banana, espresso, Montana huckleberry, lemonade, and MORE! The next time you swing by a Foot Traffic store, stop in and grab a few to try out, or ask the staff for their recommendations!

Q.  I know Bigfoot’s may not need trail shoes, but do you have any new shoes coming out for trails? Also, along those line, what does “drop” mean and why do shoe reviews talk about it?

There are SO MANY awesome trail shoes out right now! What sets trail shoes apart from road shoes is an enhanced tread, but there are also other cool features like reinforced toe caps, rock plates, gaiter traps, and drainage ports. Many trail shoes right now also have lower drops or offsets, which is the difference in height from the heel of the shoe to the toe. A lot of popular road shoes have drops of 8-12 mm, where many trail shoes are a bit lower, from 0-4 mm. Lower drop shoes encourage a more “natural” gait, where your stride length is shorter and you run as if you’re barefoot. In trail running, strides are typically shorter anyway, and since the impact isn’t as great as it is on pavement or concrete, many runners who might wear a more traditional shoe on the road can get away with a lower drop shoe on the trail. If you’re looking to try out some of the latest and greatest, come on by and try out the new Brooks Cascadia 14 ($130, 8 mm drop), Hoka Speedgoat 3 ($140, 4 mm drop), Topo Terraventure 2 ($120, 3 mm drop), or Altra Superior 4 ($110, 0 mm drop). There’s definitely a great trail shoe out there that will feel good and fit your needs!

Happy running this fall!

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About Matt Rasmussen (1426 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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