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Montrail Vitesse are excellent, award-winning shoes. I've been through about six-or-seven pairs of these shoes over the past decade and used them for trail running, hiking, kayaking, and as daily street shoes. They are some of the most comfortable trail shoes one can find and they fit like a glove. They are roomy in the toe area and have a soft feel that is nice both on and off the trail. I moved on to other Montrail models, including the Excelerace and Stratos over the past few years. Both of those sported a Gore-tex lining and I went through a phase in which everything had to have the Gore-tex lining. The Vitesse is a great long-distance running shoe, not shoe/boot combination as those other models. Instead of the Vitesee I am now using the Montrail Namche for day-hiking because it provides more ankle support. For true trail running, I recommend the Inov-8 line of trail running shoes, particularly the Roc-lite 315.