Pascal Egli is currently the best trail runner in the world. The 2018 Skyrunner World Series Champion has been trail running since he was 16. Mostly, the Swiss runner covers distances between 20k and 30k with approximately 2,000-2,500 meters of climbing. In particularly, technically challenging trails are Pascal’s favorite – snow, scree, ridge passages, or even talus slopes. The 30-year-old loves speed and knows what it means to do battle. He has proved that already by high-profile races like the Tromsö Skyrace (47k, 4,500 meters of climbing) or the Mt. Elbrus Race with a finish line at 5,640 meters.
DYNAFIT athlete Hannes Namberger is cut from the same cloth. His specialty: distances between 50k and 75k with 3,000 to 4,000 meters of climbing. Earlier, the runner from Ruhpolding, Germany, was a ski racer before he discovered his passion for trail running at the 2015 Karwendelmarsch race. One of Hannes’ biggest running achievements was his win over the 75k distance at the Grossglockner Ultra Trail last year. At the Transvulcania, the well-known ultramarathon on the Canary Island of La Palma, Hannes successfully nailed an outstanding eighth place in 2018.
How many pairs of running and trail running shoes do you two actually own?
Pascal: Right now, I have five different models. I actually run quite rarely on roads, but when I do, then with trail running shoes like the DYNAFIT Trailbreaker.
Hannes: about 15 pairs. They are all however different models.
Which shoe models do you use in training and which in races?
Pascal: In training on the trail I like to run in the DYNAFIT Alpine Pro because it has good grip but still offers cushioning too. On the road or on less technical trails, I run in the Trailbreaker. For high-altitude outings – meaning on mountains between about 3,000 and 4,000 meters – I like to run with an alpine Gore-Text trail running shoe. In races, I run exclusively in the Feline Up Pro, in particular due to its weight and because of the good grip.
Hannes: In training I use two different models, the DYNAFIT Alpine Pro and the Feline Up Pro. In an ultra race, however, I only use the Alpine Pro, but in a shorter trail run then more the Feline Up Pro.