Kick the Dust Up

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Horizon RTT  from Under Armour to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!”

Surprisingly enough, dirt and trails are a few of a my favorite things.    I say surprisingly because in some ways I am a huge germophobe and if I’m not in running gear, odds are high that I’m in a dress and heels.    Get me on a trail though and I turn into a 5 year old and run free.  Sometimes a little too free but that’s another story.


When I had the chance to try the Horizon RTT’s from Under Armour, I almost jumped for joy.   My current trail shoes were trashed and it had been way too long since I had run recklessly down a mountain.  I needed it.    Then they arrived and they were so pretty.  But hopefully they wouldn’t stay that way for very long, I wanted to get them good and dirty.

Ok, let’s cover the technical details first-

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Ok, first impressions.

This is a serious shoe.  So much sturdier than my previous trail shoes.   How was that going to feel on my feet?  Ok, where’s the dirt? 😀  My first run in them was a couple laps around the lake.    Not bad, nice traction, good grippy feel, I never felt like I was going to skid out in the loose dirt.


Next adventure- 3 Bridges Preserve, a new trail with a little more zig-zag up than I was expecting.  😛     The shoes felt good, kept me sure footed on the path and helped me explore a little more of what run town has to offer.


Other adventure- An unexpected illness turned a planned Bishop’s Peak hike/run into a calmer ocean trail adventure where I took the shoes over paved paths, hard packed sand,  sandy dunes, boardwalk, gravel and roads.    No problems at all.  And something else I noticed that day?  This hike was done with my mother and she had just purchased a new pair of trail shoes that day.  Her shoes and socks were full of dune sand when she took them off but mine weren’t!

Overall, I wore the shoes for about 20+ miles of mixed routes and surfaces since I received them.  Full disclosure, that unplanned sickness kept me from testing them in my favorite way.   My favorite part of trail running is careening wildly down a mountain side in a barely controlled fashion.  Yes, people usually look at me like I am crazy but I love it.  I need a trail shoe that grips tight so I can run free.  Being sidelined kept me from 2 planned mountains.  Boo.   So as soon as I can run crazily down a mountain, I’ll be back with an add on to this review.  And probably a big smile on my face.  😛

That said, I do have some thoughts on the shoe.  While the outsole is great for traction, I feel like it is very stiff on your foot.   Now maybe I have just become used to a more cushioned shoe lately thanks to my everyday running shoes.   I have a tendency for taking the wrong turn on trails and turning a 5 mile run into 9 or 10 and I think more cushion in the sole would be nice.  This can also probably be corrected with a good pair of inserts, I’ve just never had any luck with those. We shall see.   However I plan on putting in many more miles in these in the months to come.  😀

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14 Comments

  1. You know – I don’t have any trails. I’m not even sure where I’d go to find some! I have a nature park, but I don’t think you can run through it! But, if I did, those shoes look awesome – I’m ready for you to be better, too, so you can run down the mountain!

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    1. I try to find dirt paths or trail in most of my routes, at least a mile or so. If there is dirt in a race, I will find it! Dirt is so much nicer on your joints sometimes. Yeah, you have to pay more attention to your feet though. 🙂

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  2. Paula says:

    I now have a new pair of trail shoes… just gotta find a trail to break them in on, 🤣. Great review!

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    1. Yat, good luck with your shoes!

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  3. I haven’t run trails, but hopefully this fall we’ll find ourselves on them!!

    Jodi

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    1. I think you’ll love them! I wish I had longer ones closer to me, it’s the drive out to them that makes me lazy. 😛

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  4. Most of the trails I run on are at least partially covered with mulch so they don’t have a lot of loose dirt. I just run with my regular running shoes and haven’t had a problem. I didn’t used to run on trails that much but lately I’ve been loving it! Nice review!

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    1. One of my trails has some mulch, but most are loose dirt or shale. Another person who tested them ran in a bunch of mud and I was like mud? What’s that? Haha, it’s so dry out here, that didn’t even occur to me. 😛

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