How many pairs of running and trail running shoes do you two actually own?
Vroni: Oh, man, that’s really a good question. Several! I’m thinking a rough estimate would be maybe about 20-25. In my defense, I was lucky to be a part of some gear-testing, which is where a couple of the pairs came from. Out of all the pairs I own, there are three or four favorite models that I use.
Hannes: About 15 pairs, which are all different models.
Which trail running shoes would you recommend for a beginner?
Hannes: A shoe with more drop, good cushioning and plenty of grip is really important for trail running beginners. I can in this case recommend my favorites, the Alpine Pro and the brand-new Ultra 100.
Do you prefer more of an all-round shoe or do you have a shoe specifically for each kind of trail running?
Hannes: These days, I use a different shoe for different types of races. For sky races or shorter mountain runs, I use the Feline Up Pro or, if there is still snow on the ground, the Sky Pro with a gaiter. For longer ultras, I usually wear the Alpine Pro or the new Ultra 100. If I’m really not sure about whether or not I need grip, and don’t want to forgo comfort, I run in the Feline SL. This shoe is the perfect all-around model, and well suited for both a trail running novice as well as for a pro. You really can’t go wrong with this model. It offers very good fit, an 8mm drop, and has very good grip thanks to the unique POMOCA sole.
What is your favorite shoe and why?
Vroni: If it really only can be one, then I would likely choose a solid all-around model like the Ultra 100. It fits so comfortably and with its cushioning properties, it is suited wonderfully for long runs. The tread offers plenty of grip for tricky terrain and also for wet spots, but isn’t all too terribly beefy, so you can still run along longer fire roads comfortably. This shoe offers good, sturdy support and protects well from unintended contact with rocks and other things. It’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades you can always rely on.