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 5-11Performance running shoe built for stability and protection on the trail.
GORE-TEX® lining for waterproof, breathable protection.
Features & Benefits: Synthetic leather and nylon mesh upper materials for a lightweight
and flexible feel + Thermoplastic midfoot shank and forefoot Trail Shield™ provide torsional
ridgidity and underfoot protection + Medial posting for stability + Dual-density compression
molded EVA midsole for stability and support, with heel and forefoot internal pods for
cushioning + Gusseted tongue keeps out debris + Highly-breathable hydrophobic mesh
enhances the performance of the GORE-TEX® bootie construction
Midsole: Dual-density compression molded EVA
DURO METER : Medial Post 68 Asker C / 58 Asker
C (+/-3 degrees)
RIDE HEI GHT: 19 mm heel, 9 mm forefoot
OUTSOLE : Gryptonite™
Weigh t: Men 14.8oz/420g / Women 12.9oz/366g
PROTECTION : Forefoot-only Trail Shield™
TOE COUNTER : Synthetic overlay