Fitness: Salomon Fellraiser Review
Today I’m doing something a little different and writing a fitness post. My usual training regime is road and offroad running mixed with workouts at home so I guess I am a bit of a cross-trainer. Last month I decided to invest in some reliable footwear which I could use for both hiking and running outdoors which my Mizuno running trainers are not adapted to. As I live in the Lake District I wanted to purchase a good brand so I knew that they would last me a while, something with an excellent grip but low cut and breathable. When buying sport shoes a few years ago I was opting for fashion-focused brands such as Nike, though as I’ve taken my training gear a little more seriously I have been carefully researching specialised performance brands. I suppose since I don’t workout at a gym, I am less concerned with fashion trainers (though they are very pretty) and instead look for shoes that are practical, functional, designed specifically for the outdoor activity I require them for, and will look after my feet! After some researching, reading reviews and seeing many people in Keswick and the Lakes wearing them, I settled on a pair of Salomon Fellraiser Shoes.
- Non-marking Contragrip running tread
- OrthoLite™ foam sockliner
- EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) heel cup for heel support and cushioning
- Quicklace™ (no-tie pull lace fastening)
- SensiFit™ system to cradle and secure the foot
- TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) protective toecap
- Fast-drying material
So I said I’m not that interested in fashion shoes, but that doesn’t mean I want an ugly shoe! What I have been loving lately is this trend of vibrant colours in sports wear that seems to be here to stay. I’m so glad boring white trainers have been replaced with fun graphics and bright hues. These pink, purple, yellow and turquoise Salomon Fellraiser Shoes SS15 are no exception and are sure to attract attention from passersby! They also have the same ladies shoe in a pastel blue, turquoise and black though I fell in love with the pink pair.
In my fitness routine, I’m out running near my house down country lanes and through a lot of grass to get out of the way of traffic and tractors. When it has been raining my usual route gets quite muddy with slippy grass banks and verges so I was keen to find a shoe with a good grip to prevent falling on my ass. The Salomon Fellraiser features a tread designed for mixed terrain and they certainly have proven to be very reliable in wet weather on grass and mud. According to Salomon, the tread has been a priority in the making of the shoe: “designed with specifically placed forefoot flex grooves, self cleaning, multi-directional lugs, and defined toe off and braking lugs these outsoles are field tested, and race proven to dynamically tackle any terrain”. I also tried these out on a walk up Dodd (Skiddaw) which features a small tarmac path up a very steep incline. Even though it had recently rained making the path slightly slippy for a normal shoe, the Salomon Fellraiser coped well and gave brilliant grip all the way up! It has made me feel very confident they should also give a reliable grip on wet rocks and shale when hiking up other fells with rough and uneven terrain.
Another important factor I considered before purchase was it’s weight and shape. I wanted the option to wear a performance trail shoe out on the fells, without compromising on safety, and these fit the bill. They are incredibly lightweight, breathable, and feel so comfortable to wear. I was also concerned about the width of the shoe as I have very broad feet! My feet are small (size 3-3.5) but wide (I think I’m an E-EE) which makes shoes and trainers a little tricky sometimes especially as footwear designers and manufacturers seem to think small feet must also mean very narrow. Most trainers are no problem but I have had issues in the past with wrong-fitting shoes which caused my poor feet to get a bit battered! These Salomon Fellraiser shoes are absolutely brilliant with enough space for my feet to feel comfortable and not squashed or tight around the width. To allow room for when my feet move in the shoe during running or hiking, and to give space for my thicker sports socks, I decided to go up to a size 4, which is perfect.
Where To Buy
I highly recommend these trail shoes for anyone that wants a high-quality shoe for mixed terrain that can be worn for hill-walking or running. You can purchase these from Wiggle, which is where I bought mine, for half the RRP which is a pretty good deal! Hope this review was helpful 🙂