Embrace, attack, and beat the more painful aspects of your sport.
- Breathable mesh upper and gusseted tongue manage moisture and encourage ventilation
- Compression-molded EVA midsole utilizes a low profile for responsiveness while still targeting pressure points for comfort
- Angled forefoot texturing gets a deep and secure grip even on rough or steep terrain
- Webbing and strap closure system ensures a snug fit from ankle to toe
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I bought these because of how much I loved my old Montrail hiking shoes, and I'm definitely not disappointed. Great traction, great arch support, plenty of padding, and they're lightweight.
light the anatomical footbed and lightweight. breathe very well. very comfortable right out of the box.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Been waiting to rough these up a little before reviewing. I bought these for something to wear on the concrete at work, and while the fit was a little tight at first, they have since surprised me. This is quite a comfortable shoe. Having spent a while running in minimalist shoes I expected an awkward transition to the MM II. I don't seem to have much trouble on my forefoot in them. The sole is super aggressive and feels secure on loose terrain. The quality of the shoelaces also stood out a lot and i'm not entirely sure why. They feel nice and are easy to tie. All in all, great shoe so far and I have a new appreciation for Montrail.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Mountain Masochist II has a number of things in it's favor. The front toe guard and underfoot rock guard are both strong, yet flexible. The collar and the tongue are both well padded, some might even think it is too thick. I find it to be very comfortable. The toe box is quite roomy, the mid shoe is tight enough to hold the foot is place without being overly tight, and the heel shank is strong and stiff. The construction seems quite good. Having had to cross flooded trails, I have found that they also drain/dry fairly well, which surprised me, given the thickness of the collar. Where they really excel is the grip. The lugs give it more then adequate footing on technical or sloppy trails. I think if I ran in cold or very technical conditions, I would appreciate the shoe even more. The only drawback I have noticed is the hot spotting on the ball of my feet, which I start to feel around mile 6 or 7. It isn't a problem for me, as that is the top end of my current distance, but as I begin to stretch the long runs I hope it doesn't become an issue.
I believe that the mark of a good shoe is if you think about it while you running. Or better yet, if you don't. I noticed that was especially true today, as I had this review in mind at the beginning of my run, yet barely thought about the shoe while I was running.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
What makes a good shoe is highly subjective. I like to run in lightweight shoes with minimal structure. I also race regularly, and as much as possible, like to to train in the shoes I'm going to use in a race.
My favorite race shoes for the last couple of seasons have been Montrail Rogue Racers. However, these are definitely not for everyone: they are ultralight with minimal structure and with very little protection from from rocks in the forefoot. And as races get longer and/or rockier, I find they're not even for me, either! At the end of a particularly rubbly 50k, I my feet were tired and aching. And my brain was tired from the effort of placing my feet carefully.
So for longer races, casual training, and just all-round use, I love the Mountain Masochists. They are only a little heavier (680g vs 505g), but provide much more support, more rock protection, better traction, and more durability.
The Mountain Masochist is a well-rounded thoroughbred of a trail shoe that I would recommend to almost anyone for any use. The only exception I can think of is if you have narrow feet. The MM runs a little wide.
Ok, maybe a bit over dramatic but these are great shoes. They're true to size, I'm a 9.5. They feel great, they make me feel like I should be running (if I feel like it or not). They stay cool and they just are a thousand times better than my last pair.
These are very comfortable shoes and if you are looking for a great road/ rough terrain running shoe this is definitely one to look at. The arch support is definitely more of a neutral based shoe, and so I decided to get their custom molded insoles that you can put in the oven to get a proper fitted insole to put in your shoes. You will love them and enjoy every mile you put on them.
This review is for the previous version of the shoe, as I believe Montrail has now released a newer version for 2012.
So this is my first pair of Montrail shoes and I purchased them because of user-submitted reviews, so I figured I'd do my part by adding to the community. I like to try my gear out for several months before writing a review, since longevity is a crucial factor in determining overall performance and quality. I've beaten these shoes up on rocky, steep terrain in the Cleveland National Forest, the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Bernardino Mountains, and the Sierra Nevadas. I've worn them on muddy trails, in rainstorms, and while scrambling over granite boulders.
I've logged hundreds of miles using them as both a running shoe and a hiking shoe. I'm not sure about the prevailing wisdom on this, but I've used them for overnight hikes and week-long backpacking trips and loved the grip. These shoes give me confidence when I'm hiking straight up a rocky mountainside or when I'm sliding down on my backside. They also fit true to size. I wear a size eleven and these shoes are perfect for me. I wore them straight out of the box on a 14-mile day-hike in Cleveland NF. I highly recommend this product to anybody!