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Better suited for technical runs? Sizing... arrrgh!

Good looking shoe with a nice "feel" on the foot. Large/roomy toebox may take some getting used to. Not much forefoot cushioning - especially if running a trail with lots of small/sharp rabble: expect frequent "stingers." Sole grip is awesome - no slip. Would expect these to perform very well on broad/flatter stone surfaces - even in wet conditions

I have SO many problems finding the right size running shoe! I wear a US 10 in the Mizuno Wave Rider, Columbia Ravenous, Montrail Mountain Masochist. ALL three of those call a US 10 a EURO 44. EURO 44 was WAY too big in the LaSportiva Fireblade. I downsized to a 43.5 and the shoe is STILL a little too big, but I'll make it work. Just the slightest bit of heel slip... Wish I'd tried the 43.

All in all, can't beat the shoe for the price - but they wouldn't be worth paying full retail.

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UPDATE: went ahead and ordered the 43.0 and returned the 43.5 - SO GLAD I DID. The 43.0 fits "like a glove" and is even more comfortable than the 43.5. Helps to have the right size, huh? ;) I now have a more favorable impression of the shoe - would change my star rating to 3.75/5. Thanks so much to for its OUTSTANDING customer service. Clearly, one of the best in the business! Customer for life!