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UK Gear’s training shoes were originally designed in association with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). These elite fitness professionals were closely involved in the development and tested our products in some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. Only when approved by the Military do we consider our products... Built to survive.

Trail Running - PT-1000 review

>>21 October 2010

Launched in September, with the Army Physival Training Corps at Wellington Barracks, in Whitehall, these shoes have been built to last up to 1000 running miles, which is about twice as long as any other running shoe on the market. It has been tested by the army in far-flung places from Afghanistan to Aldershot, and John O'Groats to Lands End.

Solid, hard-wearing and generally tough feeling: it's no surprise then that this model is preferred by the Army Physical Training Corps.

For seasoned trail runners, or perhaps more accuratly brand conscious runners, that very concept might, however, ring a few wrning bells because army type gear doesn't always have the best of images. Well, silence those bells. Yes the brand name might not be that familiar, but so what ? These shoes work well, easily coping with rough, dry conditions or moderatly damp terrain. In short, for everyday, easy pace running these shoes will go about their task in a down to earth way. They do provide a harder ride, which is good for rock paths, but that does mean they can cope with only short distances on the road and the grip isn't sensational in really wet and sloppy conditions. However, the uppers do provide good protection both from rocks and water. The bottom line is that these are "what it says on the tin" shoe. Yes there are lighter, more flexible models out there and yes, there are grippier numbers available, but for everyday use - hey, these will do a job.

We haven't - apologies for laziness - put them through the full 1000 miles that they can, apparently, last. But certainly they feel long-lasting and show no signs of bother in the 185 miles we have run in them between us and anyway, the line: "they are good for the environment because you won't have to buy shoes as often is a good one", you have to admit!

Verdict: Go out and run in them. You won't be upset if all you want from a trail shoe is comfort, grip and protection from rough stuff.