Review: Montrail S'presso Running Shoe

Climbing, hiking or trail-running, this shoes' sticky soles won't let you down.

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If your adventures will include steep, exposed, no-fall scrambling, you'll appreciate this shoe's sticky soles. On a trek through southern Spain, our tester found this hybrid approach/running shoe ideal for everything from dayhiking to climbing a via ferrata. The three-quarter-length plastic shank gives better support and torsional rigidity than most light hikers (though the thin midsole is best for hiking with loads less than 25 pounds). Mesh uppers breathe well and dry fast. A slight in-cut in the sole beneath the heel improves traction on descents, and the tongue's snug, elastic gusset keeps out debris. Best for medium-volume feet. $100; men's 7-12, 13, 14, 15, women's 5-11; 1 lb. 10 oz. (men's 9); montrail.com. Reader service #123