Best trail running shoe I've ever had.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Just like the title says, with many walking and running miles in them I can say confidently that these are the best minimalist shoes you can buy. The combination of ground feel and protection (on more technical and rocky trails make sure you adjust your form accordingly) gives this shoe a lightweight enough feel without losing your confidence in its ability to save you should you hit something a little sharp.
It fits like a glove. The outer framework of the shoe makes it stick to the form of your foot without much play, allowing you get a more true to size shoe. The toe box allows for plenty of room. Very easy to clean and incredibly comfortable sockless. The laces never come untied, and the small rand in the front will help some when you hit a nasty rock. I also own the winter run version of these which lacks the outer framing, but keeps your feet super warm so long as you keep moving. Even after postholing through over knee keep snow through parts of avalanched over trails, my feet dried fairly quickly and kept warm. I've never had a blister in either shoe.
The one con I can find is that the tread, although not completely disappearing, is losing more than I would like after this many miles. The main source of protection for your foot (other than your form) is the circular lugs. Once this loses its thickness, rocks can poke through the softer material between the lugs. Although I have not found this be a huge problem, I have had a few instances of pain because of it, only minor pains that go away within a few seconds. I have not had trouble with small rocks sticking in these portions like I have heard from a few others.
All in all, see the title of this review.