As every year for 4 years, the team of Bartold Clinical proceeded to a count of shoes at the passage of the platoon of the UTMB. Hoka is ahead of Salomon this year. We note that the mark worn by the winner, Asics, is down sharply.
Blue 2015, red 2016, green 2017, violet 2018 | The shoes used on the UTMB | Trend
Hoka One One has thus passed the most popular brands at the feet of runners UTMB, ahead this year the historic leader (according to this count), Salomon. La Sportiva completes the podium. Brands from the Outdoor world hold the lead, even though Hoka has become a more focused Running brand. In this category, Brooks is well positioned, ahead of Asics. Moreover, the Japanese brand, although it equips the winner of the event, has a hard time. It is even outpaced this year by Saucony, New Balance, Altra or The North Face. Note that this ranking is done only on the UTMB and therefore reflects a very international peloton. One can indeed think that on a test more "franco-French", the photograph would have been different. The North Face or Inov 8 seem indeed more rare in the hexagon. But it's an interesting document to know which brands are best represented on the trail race's flagship event. It is unclear, however, whether all brands were taken into account, and there may be some margin of error in the survey.
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