While not the most "minimal" with a 10mm heel-to-toe drop, this shoe provides ample underfoot protection and cushioning for those looking for a very long distance trail/gravel road running shoe that is also extremely light weight and breathable. It is a true hybrid shoe in that it works equally well on the roads as it does on the trail. The shallow micro lugs aren't the best for extremely slick trail conditions but they do fairly well all around. In dry conditions this shoe rocks. Fit is a personal thing; while the toe box is a bit narrow the amount of open mesh allows for some give after ample break in. As a member of the Wasatch Speed Goat Mountain Racing Team I've run in ALOT of trail shoes over the years. I can honestly say this shoe fits the bill on many levels; a good all around, long distance, mixed terrain running shoe.
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