In February 2006 team OrionAdventure.com competed in the XPD (an expedition length adventure race lasting 5 days).
This was my first ever expedition length race. One of the most important pieces of advice that was given to me before the race was to look after your feet, and choose your shoes carefully.
The shoes our team choose to use for is race was the New Balance 907's and needless to say I was pretty nervous about how they would perform, or more importantly how my feet would perform in them.
During the XPD we traveled along massive sand dunes, up steep rocky climbs, river crossings, long treks off trail and Kilometers running on seal roads, gravel roads and technical trails with roots and rocks.
I was stoked with how the 907's performed in such a variety of terrain. I found that they drained water quickly, protected the foot from roots and rocks, had the ability to run fast when the trail opened up and had enough comfort and support for the long haul. I also found the sole to have excellent grip.
But the best thing about the New Balance 907's was that I finished the race injury and blister free (apart from a knock to the knee, but I can't blame that on the shoes). Also my toenails are in perfect condition (not many people can say that after racing for 5 days straight).
I will be using the New Balance 907's again and genuinely recommend them as a great adventure racing shoe.
The New Balance 907's are available from all good shoe stores.