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Gear Review

3 5

I like em, not in love though

very comfortable, and they have held up well (durable).

likes:
light, well ventilated, good fit

dislikes:
cable-lacing system works, but is gimicky and doesn't really provide much of a benefit over traditional laces. sole/lug pattern is very shallow and provides only mediocre traction. under heel the shoe is padded and protected from below. but under forefoot and front foot the shoe is very thin and offers almost no protection from objects you might step on. Why just the heel?

I've relegated these to around-town and now use Montrail Mountain Masochists for real trail running

and I'm experimenting with Vibram KSO Trek Sports. If you are going to give up on protection from below, you might as well go all the way.

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I use these shoes for the sharp rocky hiking in PA. The protection from sharp rocks that don't move when stepped is unbelievable. On wet hiking days I go from sharpest point to the next sharpest point because I have no worry of foot pain from these shoes!