5 of the best extreme running shoes

Autumn has covered the UK with rain, leaves and cloud. But it's not time to hibernate in a selk bag just yet. This is trail running season, so pick on

Autumn has covered the UK with rain, leaves and cloud. But it's not time to hibernate in a selk bag just yet. This is trail running season, so pick one of our top 5 extreme trainers, and hit the countryside…

Nike Lunar Elite Trail Mid+ QS £95

An off-road version of Nike's excellent Lunar Elite trainers, the Trail Mid+ QS pack the same lunar foam and Flywire tech to keep them super-light. The high cut will also keep your ankles safe from twig punishment.

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Saucony Progrid Razor £90

An intimidating piece of orienteering clobber, the Razors pack a super-grippy Vibram outsole with a built-in protective plate plus an eVent waterproof fabric for keeping your tootsies dry. They'll also make you feel a bit Universal Soldier.

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Puma Nightfox £70

Sporting the best name in trail shoes, the Nightfoxes have a 'Rock Shield Plate' to protect your feet from irksome stones and a water-repellant GoreTex upper to keep puddles at bay. The luminous colourway will also prevent head-on collisions with dog-walkers.

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New Balance 749 £60

Light, flexible and blessed with foot-pleasing heel and forefoot cushioning, the multi-terrain 749s are perfect if you want to mix up muddy off-road running antics and street running.

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Teva Forge Pro eVent £110

These new tank-like Tevas pack a shock-resistant heel with an extra grippy 'E-brake' area to help you scramble down steep slopes without creating a sequel to Touching the Void. There's also eVent tech on hand to keep your feet cool and dry on particularly long sojourns.

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