Why We Chose The CimAlp 864 Drop Control Trail Running Shoe: Innovative design, sturdy build, protective
CimAlp have been in the outdoor game for a while now. In fact, they’ve been making gear under the CimAlp banner since 1964. From their headquarters in the Drône region, not far from the French / Italian Alps, they’ve been able to go about their business for nearly sixty years now – slowly but surely mastering their chosen field.
In the time they’ve been around, CimAlp have developed a borderline forensic understanding of what outdoor enthusiasts need from their kit. Their clever 864 Drop Control shoe is a progressive, forward-thinking, trail running product that’s all about improving performance and preventing injuries. We like it a lot.
Who Is The CimAlp 864 Drop Control For?
Love trail running, but sick of all the annoying little injuries that come with it? It might be time to give the CimAlp 864 Drop Control a go. It might sound like marketing spiel, but this really is so much more than just a shoe.
“Love trail running, but sick of all the annoying little injuries…?”
Coming with three pairs of insoles (8mm, 6mm, 4mm), the 864 Drop Control will help you to evolve your technique and run with a more natural stride. It might seem seriously geeky but if you’re dead serious about trail running, you’ll appreciate what this brings to the mix.
Thanks to its durable upper and protective and robust chassis, this will also suitable for ultra-light hikers, and speedy trekkers.
The 864 multi-sole offering is primarily what this shoe is really all about. However, before we get fully stuck into that, let’s first discuss this item’s various other features.
The Vibram MegaGrip sole here provides the perfect blend of effective on-trail grip and built-to-last durability. This is obviously vital when you consider the kind of steep, harsh, terrain dedicated terrain trail runners are dealing with on a regular basis.
Trail runners, of course, need to know that when they’re charging hard and fast over rocky terrain the shoes on their feet are tough enough to keep on keeping on. They need to know that their trail shoes are ‘nails’ enough to take the hits, and protect them when they need protecting. The reinforced and ultra-resistant stone guard on the 864 Drop Control acts as the perfect shield.
What else? Well, we like how breathable the shoe is. The upper mesh, in particular, provides an impressive amount of ventilation. Something you’ll definitely be grateful for when you’re on track for an FKT in the middle of August.
Other features we want to talk about include the shoe’s stabilising heel cup which keeps your foot comfortably but securely in place, the seamless inner structure to help reduce friction (which reduces the risk of blisters), and the Lycra tongue with storage for laces (which minimises the chance of you snagging a lace / tripping over your own laces).