Price: $160 Arch Support: Neutral Weight: 274g Drop: 8mm
Reviewer: Ian MacNairn – writer and ultrarunning adventurer
IMPACT Rating: 4.5 out of 5 RunRepeat.com Rating: N/A
The Mountain Trail is an excellent choice for extreme terrain. It is a neutral shoe designed for gnarly and technical trails. The Vibram outsole provides unsurpassed traction on any surface. The MT is comfortable straight out of the box and equally so after many hours of running. The upper is made with ripstop fabric and is very durable compared to many other trail shoes. The MT is a great addition to any trail-runner’s quiver.
I found the shoe to be quite stiff and was, therefore, not a great choice for hard-packed trail. However, this same stiffness was an advantage in loose and debris-field terrain. After more than 400K, my MT show no sign of excessive wear or breakdown – a definite surprise given the harsh wear that gnarly trail places on most shoes.
The only reason I did not give the shoe 5/5 is due to its limited application. It is an excellent shoe for extreme terrain, but is too specialized for all-around use, training, or racing.
- Excellent grip and traction on all terrain including loose and wet.
- Lightweight shoe.
- Attached tongue helps keep out debris.
- Durable upper.
- Quite stiff, even when fully broken in.