The tech sheets tell you this is a lightweight multi-activity shoe, so what better way to test the Scarpa Axis than a multi-activity weekend of mountain biking and canoeing in the Lake District?
Out in adventure world, the Axis’ low profile, relative lightness (for a trail shoe) at 788g, supportive cushioning and generous width ensured that trail running for a few miles here and there was comfortable and enjoyable. They were also tough enough to cope with rock and water along the way. But back at home, the stiff and unresponsive feel of the Axis faired less successfully on parkland trails.
The end result isn’t a bad shoe – far from it – but it’s a very specific piece of equipment that’s perfect for us lucky enough to be heading to the hills for a run holiday. But for those experienced at trail running for long periods, there are better shoes out there, such as the Puma Trail Fox.
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