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All the traction and stability you want for rough, sketchy terrain, without turning your running shoe into a boot.

The Montrail Hard Rock Trail Running Shoe, inspired by the Hardrock 100 Ultra race, takes on the rough, rocky terrain of its namesake. This shoe provides the utmost stability and traction, but that protection doesn't sacrifice agility, flexibility, or light weight. Aggressive lugs let you plow through dirt and mud. With its wider midsole and molded protection plate—which is sculpted for flexibility during forward motion—the Hardrock protects the bottom of your foot from bruising. The firm heel counter holds you steady, the forefoot's metatarsal gel pad cushions, and the high-density medial post helps prevent pronation. Thanks to their IntegraFit last, these shoes feel like they're custom made.

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3 5

I wanted to like them but didn't get the chance

I am undecided on these shoes. They look great and are fairly lightweight. However if I ran in them they gave me blisters (not really their fault as I get blisters in this spot with lots of running shoes) and on my first trip hiking in them one shoe started coming apart at the seam. It lasted me the rest of the weekend but I returned them for the Namche Mids. Backcountry customer service was awesome by the way.

5 5

Hardrock Rocks

Waited until I had some miles on these before I gave it a review. I like to run and hike up in the Wasatch. My foot size is 11 and I got these bad boys in size 11.5. I have run, hiked, and worn these all over and I have yet to get a hot spot or blister from my runs to my 6 hour excursions up in the hills. I love them. I like to have gear that will function in more than one activity, if you are same you will love these shoes.

5 5

Comfortable for hours and hours and hours

I have sworn by the Hard Rock for Ultra Marathons for the past 5 years. The shoe has great protection in the toe box and a cushioned sole to absorb everything the trail throws at you. The shoe is heavier than other shoes which makes it less adequate for short & fast races, but when you are heading out for several hours on the trail, your feet will appreciate the Hard Rock.

5 5

Best Ultra Marathon Shoe

I have sworn by the Hard Rock for Ultra Marathons for the past 5 years. The shoe has great protection in the toe box and a cushioned sole to absorb everything the trail throws at you. The shoe is heavier than other shoes which makes it less adequate for short & fast races, but when you are heading out for several hours on the trail, your feet will appreciate the Hard Rock.

1 5

A bad year

I loved my hardrocks '07 and '08 and was looking forward to another pair when I purchased the '09 model. They are not the same quality, unfortunately. They don't have the same support as the previous year's models. I discussed this finding with my local outfitter and they agreed with my experience. Look for a different shoe unless you can find an earlier year model.

5 5

Great shoes for the bush

I walk in rough, rocky country, mostly off track. The Hardrock trail Running Shoes are great for this. I've had 2 pairs of Hardrock Trail Running Shoes before and they'd been fantastic so I was fairly confident which size to order. When they arrived I was really disappointed to find that these shoes were a bit smaller (tighter?) than the previous ones had been. I wore them to work for a week to break them in and they quickly loosened up. I've done several long, hard walks in some tough pagoda country (20 kilometres & 35 kilometres) since in the new shoes. Like their predecesors I they are extremely comfortable and they provide lots of support (walking & scrambling up steep rock faces). I just hope they last a bit longer than the last pair (10 months).

3 5

Fit is Not as Good as before

This shoe is best for long distance runs/hike over SHARP rocky terrain, for people with normal to narrow feet. I owned two pairs of Montrail Hardrock shoes (bought in 2005 and 2007) before, loved them both, just bought my third pair (July 2008) but decided to return it because it seems the new Hardrock is sized 1/2 size smaller then its predecessors. Got the Asics Cumulus instead which is a neutral road shoe. Less protection but more "feel", closer to the earth - and I am discovering that less protection equals more awareness, and since I run on rocky, rugged Arizona desert trails all the time, I am loving this new concept.
I also like the TNF Ultra 104 (and 100), the Ultra 104, it fits my wide forefeet better then the Hardrock of the same size.
These shoes were very protective and had great traction even when all the tread was worn away (tested on East-cost rock, root and mud during down-pour). Very durable, my first pair lasted a really long time. The second pair began wearing much faster, not sure why, Montrail said it was normal wear.

3 5

Same here with blisters

It took a very long time to break in these shoes. I still don't use them for long outings. I bought them on sale so I'm not too disappointed but something is off with these shoes.

3 5

Montrail Hardrock

These are sturdy shoes providing excellent comfort and support on easy mountain hiking and trail running in stony areas. This obviously impacts on their weight, so I find them to heavy for runs on regular trails or asphalt.

4 5

Great shoe but some heel blister problems

I have always used the Montrail Hardrock for a trail running and hiking shoe and it has always worked very well. The sole is stiff enough for rough terrain and they are quite durable. With this latest pair, however, both my wife and I have experienced problems with blistering our heels even after several outings. I'm not sure if they changed the design. But everything else works well

5 5

Montrail Hardrock - great

The Hardrock is a very comfortable shoe. I have relatively narrow feet, but also have a friend with wide feet who likes them. They have a thick comfortable sole, which has kept my feet feeling good on trail runs or hikes up to 30 miles. The sole isn't very grippy, and I've found they don't work all that well for scrambling and boulder hopping. But on the trail they are awesome. Also, I wish they had a pull tab for putting the shoes on.

I see several comments about the narrow...

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I see several comments about the narrow heel, but nothing about the toe box. I have neuromas in both feet and love the Saucony/Brooks wide toe box- can't get into most other shoes without immediate pain. Any comments? Thanks.

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i too have a neuroma in one foot. being a montrail athlete i have a pair of all the trail shoes. i've tried all of them and the hardrock is the best. i think this is because the toe box is wider, the shoe is stiffer and more protective.. and most likely the biggest reason is the protection plate in the sole. this helps protect the neuroma from harsh trail. it's the only shoe i run trail in now as i'm letting my neuroma heal.

5 5

wicked shoes

blah, I've worn a size 12 in a bagillion different running shoes, and my six pairs of hardrocks have all worked just fine for me in 12's.

Hardrocks have set a standard for what is expected in a beefy, durable shoe for trail running, hiking, and general trail use. I really have had six pair, and although at the moment I'm trying to use lighter shoes, I miss the motion control and the protective hard plastic midsole plate in the hardrocks. My one gripe is that the flap of sole rubber on the toe of the shoes delaminates reliably.

4 5

Loving my 2nd Pair

This is my second pair or Hardrocks and I love them. They are great for hiking especially with jagged or uneven rocks. My first pair felt a bit stiff but broke in quickly and lasted nearly a year with pretty heavy use. I wear the men's shoe because they run very small (a whole size) but narrow enough to fit my foot. My only complaint was the black/red color....I ended up returning for the grey/blue that aren't as clunky looking.

5 5

Great shoe

I bought a pair of these, sight unseen, for a trip to the UK. I literally received them, unboxed them, and boarded my flight. With no break in, I was walking between 20 and 35 miles a day in all sorts of terrain (from urban settings to rocky hiking trails) with a 30 lb pack on my back. Two weeks later, not a single blister, and my feet are very comfy. Highly recommended. Just make sure you order a half a size larger than you normally wear.

3 5

Different fit...

Montrail has great shoes, but this hardrock fit quite differently than most others (Continental Divide, Hurrucain Ridge, Odyssey), and ran at least 1 full size smaller than the others. It also had, in my opinion, an excessively thick sole. I returned for a new pair of Continental Divides.

This does not make it a bad shoe, just a little outside Montrail's "normal" fit and design.

5 5



5 5

Even with a heavy pack

I am on my second pair of Hard Rocks. I use them hard for an old guy. What I really like is the roomy toe box. I even wear them while backpacking with a heavy pack. My feet are comfortable and cool at the end of a long hike. The other old goats are groaning as they take off their leather boots and put on their tennis shoes. I'm already there with my Hard Rocks. I know it's hard to teach an old dog ....

2 5

Not True to Size

This shoe runs one size too small and has a narrow last. This can be good if you have a narrow foot and can try them on.

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