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Robust and lively underfoot, the Men's MTR 201 Trail Running Shoe was made for running in the wild. Mammut covered all the basics of a trail-worthy shoe from the get-go: a breathable mesh upper handles the heat, a toothy outsole provides traction on loose trails, and there's a toe cap at the front for additional protection. The real beauty of this shoe lies in the details, the little bits and pieces that prove that the MTR was made not just by designers, but designers who live and breathe the mountains. A free-sliding webbing system keeps the laces in exactly the right place as you ascend or descend through tricky terrain. The midsole uses targeted cushioning to reduce ankle fatigue and create stability useful for conquering rocky, foot-twisting technical terrain. And that toothy outsole mentioned at the beginning? It's pattern is inspired by the shape of a sonar wave, with bi-directional lugs that improve acceleration on the sprint and deceleration when you need to slow down quickly. Slide your foot inside the MTR 201 and you'll find that the fit is close and snug, which makes it easier to precisely plant your foot where you need it on the trail. Altogether, the sum of these features add up to a shoe with just the right balance toughness, stability, and comfort so you can take control on the trail. 

Mammut makes a range of trail shoes for a variety of purposes, including running, fast-packing, and approach. The shoe that most closely compares to the MTR 201 is the MTR 201 Dyneema. Instead of the single-material mesh upper used for the MTR 201, the Dyneema version uses a blend of three materials including Dyneema, which Mammut is tougher than carbon fiber and in some cases even tougher than steel. If you're not in need of extreme protection and prefer a lighter, more breathable shoe, original MTR 201 is your shoe of choice.

  • Single-Shell upper uses lightweight, breathable mesh throughout
  • Lining uses breathable synthetic material and memory foam padding around the collar
  • Flexible external structure provides additional heel support
  • Rubber cap protects the toes from impact
  • Gripex sonar sole has flexible ribs and wave-shape, multi-directional lugs
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Dachshtein from the top of the Loser

The picture - Dachshtein from the top of the Loser. The target was the Moon, but missed unfortunately..the track - one of the beautiful Austrian mountain trails, near the Altausser see.

The shoes are great- light, soft and, the same time, protects well from sharp stones. Grip on wet surfaces is good.

Dachshtein from the top of the Loser

Great fit, breathable, and protective!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

The MTR fits snug but flexible in the forefoot while giving you plenty of room in the toebox for comfort. I was initially skeptical about the rubber toe cap and plastic heel protection but it only took a couple days of hard trail runs to realize that my feet could have been crazy bruised without them.

In the past I have always worn road shoes for running on all kinds of terrain, but thanks to these I think I am converted to trail specific shoes for good.

Very solid, light, speedy shoe

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

The MTR201s were a bit of a surprise for me to find, as almost no one in the US uses mammuts running shoes or boots. A perfectly molded shoe that grips on wet east coast rock (very rare). Good toe rubber and plastic heel reinforcement mean using your feet in odd positions is fine. Mesh isn't too thin, and appears to be wearing well. Not awesome for road running due to wear issues, but for anything with mud, rocks, or snow, these are a great in-between minimalist-ish shoe that can take 10x the beating of a true barefoot trail runner and will leave your feet intact. A little small compared to Salomon's sizing with a curved toe box, but much more control. Looking forward to trying the Dyneema version as a work shoe.

Mammut MTR Athlete Review

    The MTR trail shoes are unlike any other trail runner I have had the chance to wear. They are light-weight, super flexible in the toe, and cushioned for long ultra events. The MTR 201, is my racing shoe of choice for long ultras from 50k-100k out in the woods. Mammut utilizes their Sonar Sole technology which like a sound wave helps to allow for a sound heel-to-toe transition over any form of terrain. I have had the chance to test the MTR 201 in a variety of trails in Upstate New York in a long variety of weather conditions. The shoe performed so well in snow, I would have mistaken my shoes for snowshoes! The traction is so fluid and smooth on sharp descents and the flex in the toe allows for a comfortable ascent of even some of the steepest pitches. The shoe performed well on the roads though is unparalleled on the trails. I would recommend using the shoe as a primary trail shoe since the lugs grip better on unusual terrain. THe Ventech upper is extremely durable, as it is made from a strong fiber that does not puncture when navigating through sharp rocks or thick sticks and underbrush.

    The heel-to-toe drop has been kind of a mystery as of late but I feel like the shoe is anywhere in the 8-6mm range in terms of how the shoe performs though it is not a minimal shoe but rather a minimal-feeling shoe that has a smooth and aggressive tread and comes together in a light and functional package.

    If you are looking for a shoe that can act as an all-around alpine-based trail training shoe or racer for a 5k trail up to a 100 miler, these shoes have what it takes to take you all the way.

    Will you be getting more of these in? I...

    Will you be getting more of these in? I go through a trail shoe every 3-4 months, and I love these. Just need a new pair in a 10.