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Both the pain and the miles fade away underfoot when you head for the hills in the Montrail Women's Mountain Masochist II Trail Running Shoe. Built for tough and steep terrain, the Mountain Masochist II builds on a proven design to complement the engine driving it: you.

  • 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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Great trail running shoe

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

Love these shoes! They have been fantastic out of the box on long hilly runs so far. They are comfortable, lightweight, with good support and, additionally, have enough lateral support to make them great for hiking as well. I live in a hilly region, so hikes/runs always involve a lot of steep ups and downs. These shoes hold my feet in place and provide good traction as well. They fit great. I have narrow heels and a wider bridge, with fairly flat arches, and these are very comfortable. I am most commonly a size 8 or 8.5 depending on brand (7.5 in Salomons), purchased an 8 in these and they are just right. Rapidly becoming my favorite running shoe!

Really Comfy Upgrade

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

Comparing this to a very old pair (5+ years) of Montrails that I loved, these are beyond comfortable. Technology caught up. Great fit in the heel and soft padding underfoot. No break in time needed for me at all, running around all day in these with no complaints. One thing is that as compared to the older model, I feel the tread is different and not as grippy on slicker surfaces. Not enough wet conditions for me to be 100% on that though. Really a great shoe.

Great distance shoe

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

I really like this shoe. To the point where I am on my second pair of them, plus I have then in the outdry as well. At first I thought they felt a little heavy and bulky on my feet, but they are very comfortable, and I didn't notice them feeling heavy while running. It did take a little experimenting to get the laces just right, but once they were I have had no rubbing and no blisters. I wore them on the grand canyon rim to rim to rim, the zion traverse, high sierra camp loop, and a couple other high mileage trips. So far they have never let me down. (the outdrys are warm so don't bother unless you really will be getting them wet, so far I have only used them when running after a small snow)

Not a bad sequel

    I loved the Mountain Masochist I, and this update is still a solid trail running shoe. There is a good balance of stability and cushioning that leads to comfort both on the trails and on the half mile of pavement I run to get to the trails. Like the prior version, this still a good shoe for a runner with a narrower, high-arched, low volume foot, but I've had to work a little harder getting the upper nice and snug without getting it too tight. This may get better as they break in. Overall, this model still has the grippy sole, reliable tread, tough exterior, and blend of cushion and stability that makes the Mountain Masochist my go-to trail running shoe.