Take Montrail’s running-shoe DNA and give it up-armored construction, and you get this go-fast hybrid. “It’s bedroom-slipper light and instantly comfortable, thanks to the great-fitting meshy upper, with good cushion, ankle stability, and underfoot support,” says a NOLS instructor who wore it on a two-week trip in Montana’s Absarokas, while carrying a 30-pound pack over long miles, steep terrain, snowfields, and talus. The sole’s toothy, in-cut lugs give it plenty of traction on packed dirt trails.
Webbing lace guides are easy to tighten without pressure points. Testers praised the midsole’s springy-yet-protective layers of EVA and TPU*, and they loved the built-in debris protection. “The midcut neoprene collar is soft and snug,” reports a tester, “and, combined with the gusseted tongue, kept out all detritus.” But beware of wet rock, she warns. “I slipped on steep, slick slabs.”
Bonus: A progressively harder midsole from heel to pinky toe supports the outer edge of the foot to prevent ankle roll. Fit runs wide. $135; 1 lb. 12 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-11stability. Protection from the elements in a lighter, less bulky package.
GORE-TEX® lining for waterproof, breathable protection.
Features & Benefits: Midheight neoprene collar provides articulated support and keeps out
trail debris + Webbing and strap closure system provides exceptional fit and comfort +
Highly-breathable hydrophobic mesh enhances the performance of the GORE-TEX® bootie
construction + Gusseted tongue keeps out debris + Midfoot lateral and medial dual-density
trail stability post
Midsole: Dual-density molded EVA
DURO METER : Medial and lateral posting 68 Asker
C / 58 Asker C (+/- 3 degrees)
RIDE HEI GHT: 20 mm heel, 10 mm forefoot
OUTSOLE : Gryptonite
Weigh t: Men 13.8oz./391g / Women 11.7oz/332g
PROTECTION : Full-length Trail Shield
TOE COUNTER : Synthetic overlay