Running has to be considered the oldest sport of all time. When it comes right down to it, there really isn't a more pure form of exercise than this. Just because we've been jogging for a long time, though, doesn't mean that the sport hasn't evolved. The opposite is actually quite true. This sport is constantly changing and evolving. One of the newest and most exciting forms of running is happening off road.

When most people think of runners, they picture a man or a woman by themselves, running down a sidewalk. While the sidewalk is definitely a common place to run, more and more people are finding that the challenge of running on trails is also one they want to embrace. In this article, we'll be discussing what type of shoe you need to run on rough trails. You can't just throw on a pair of street running shoes and expect to hit a trail. There are just way too many obstacles in the back country. Not having appropriate footwear is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous. It's very easy to roll or even twist an ankle if the shoes you are wearing don't provide proper support.

On shoe what's making a lot of noise in the trail running community these days is the New Balance 810. New Balance is known around the world for their high quality running and walking shoes. It makes sense, then, that they'd be equally good a creating a runner designed for all terrain purposes. The 810's have a few really unique features that make it ideal for the trail. One such feature is the AT Tread. A.T in this case, stand for all terrain. The tread is one of the most important factors to consider when looking at a trail shoe. It needs to be able to really grip the ground below with some authority. Remember, you're not running on smooth pavement anymore! These shoes will tackle all sorts of rocks, logs and even small streams without making the athlete fall down. Another thing about the NB 810 men's and women's shoes that makes it great for the trail is it's durability. You see, shoes to be used in this fashion need to tough - real tough. The 810's feature N-DURANCE rubber compound that provides excellent outsole durability. This shoe is very well cushioned, as well. It features both the C-CAP midsole cushion and New Balance's patented ABZORB shock absorbing technology.

If you're looking for a trail running shoe that can stand up in snow, slush and other inclement weather conditions, look no further than the New Balance 810. It has everything a good all terrain shoe should have, plus a bit more.

If you're not really into the whole trail thing, you may want to check out my other overviews of the NB 1221 and the NB 587. Cheers and happy running!