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We can forgive you if you haven’t come across the brand Cimalp before when looking for running shoes, this French company has been around since the 1960’s focusing in the beginning on mountaineering apparel and branching out into a range of outdoor gear. The 864 Drop Evolution are an interesting pair of trail runners with a unique design making it the only shoe to offer an adjustable drop for optimum performance. These shoes come with three pairs of insoles, 8mm, 6mm and 4mm to choose from depending on the terrain you are working with and what your overall running goal might be. The 8mm drop insole is the largest drop on offer with these shoes, they are best used for those long runs to help maintain comfort over time for example during ultra-trails.

The 4mm sole delivers the shallowest drop, this type of sole is ideal for runs that focus on speed, this encourages a mid or forefoot landing ready to push forward for take-off. That leaves the 6mm which sits happily in the middle of the two, giving you a combination of both comfort and energetic design to keep you at a moderate pace over medium length distances, marathons for example. The versatile drop height isn’t the only thing the 864 shoes have to offer, they come with the CHROMOSOME midsole and dual density insole, this aids in transferring the energy from landing to lift off as well as maintaining foot positioning.

The R-SPEED construction consists of a hollow structure in the forefoot for a cushioned landing and the VIBRAM MEGAGRIP outsole provides a strong grip on the mixed trail environment. The R-MESH upper and multi contact inner tongue has a seamless construction to avoid pressure points, provides a good amount of ventilation to the foot and has reinforced panels for both support and protection against impact from rocks and other debris. These shoes are lightweight at just 270g (size 41) excluding the insoles, they come in a choice of three colours, Blue, Red or Grey and in sizes 6.5 to 12 with half sizes available. We were really impressed with these shoes, their durable construction promises plenty of use, the comfortable fit and adjustable drop make these perfect for training and hobbyists who like to mix up their trail runs and distances. RRP £169.90

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A versatile and tough pair of trail shoes, perfect for a range of distances and pace.
  • Three adjustable drop heights
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Grippy tread
  • Robust construction
  • Suitable for fast-hiking, ultra-light hiking and trail running
  • Comfortable
  • Impact protection is minimal