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Get serious about self-abuse.

Some people just take their time in the hills more seriously than others. For that crew, Montrail created the Women’s Mountain Masochist Trail Running Shoe. Ironically, a triple-density midsole takes the pain OUT of rough terrain, and the Gryptonite outsole keeps you upright even on the steepest traverses. Montrail built the upper out of lightweight, breathable mesh to keep your foot from sweltering in under the scorching summer sun.

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3 5

Looks Good but...

I have a narrow foot with higher arch and like cushion and support for my foot. I like the wider footbox with a bit of toe room in case of swelling feet. I did find the arch to be too far back(like other have mentioned). You could replace the insole. I find my feet tire after 10km in the shoe as is. You will feel the rocks underneath. Works great in mud but not so great on slick rocks or wet wood or wet pavement or icy anything. The grips and treads look amazing but are soft and compresses turning it into more of a skate on certain surfaces.. especially on the wet(West) Coast(slippery roots BAAADDDD!). A lot of the tread seems to be geared for uphill and not so great for going down hill. If your just doing basic trail running over well groomed routes(compact gravel or track etc), it shouldn't be a problem. It's a nice light shoe but it take a while to dry out. Don't believe what the bottom "gryptonite" implies and test your surfaces first. I have had these shoes for aprox 6 months with light use (15-20km a week) and the treads are showing a decent amount of wear (mostly from road use).. Don't spend too much money buying these shoes and don't expect amazement from them. They do look good though and they will get you from point A - point B. I love but hate this shoe all at once.

5 5

Capable trail-runner

I have a high-arched, low-volume foot, and I'm in love with this shoe. I've worn it on cross-country runs and some single track trails, and the traction, stability, and comfort have been top-notch. And at the current price, it's absolutely a steal. Doesn't hurt that the shoe is also cute to wear into town. I'm going to buy a second pair while they're still in stock. I'd agree with previous reviewers that this is a good shoe for narrow, low volume feet, or feet with high arches. I bought my normal running shoe size, and they fit perfectly.

5 5

My 3rd pair!!! Love 'em!!

This is my 3rd pair of these exact, same shoes, exact, same color!!! Obviously I LOVE these shoes! They are light, they grip, they are eternal!! If you want a trailtunner that will navigate uneven terrain get these!!!

5 5

Great fit

The Montrail Masochist is a very comfortable shoe. It has a very open toe area, and is great for someone with a low volume foot, like myself. And is also very light weight. This is my second pair.

Would these shoes be good for a person who...

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Would these shoes be good for a person who supinates?

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nat. Although this would be considered a 'stability' shoe there are not a lot of shoes out there that help to align supinators. However, any shoe that has a 'horseshoe' post would support a supinator better than a shoe without and for that... I would look towards a shoe called the AT Plus from Montrail. It is the most supportive shoe that we make at this point. It is less of a running shoe and more of a hiking shoe but many use them for both. I hope this info helps!

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I agree with the above. This shoe provides stability in terms of keeping you fairly stable on uneven ground, but it does not provide the kind of control to help align supinators.

5 5

Great trail shoes

These are excellent trail running shoes. I've gone on up to 15 mile runs on rough single track in them, with no hot spots or discomfort. Lightweight, feel very stable. The sole is quite flexible, which I actually like, it makes me feel a bit more agile on rocky trails then some of the stiffer-soled running shoes. I got the same size as I typically wear in Asics, and they fit perfect.

5 5

Awesome Shoe for All Terrain for All Kinds of Crazy Miles

Just ran the Western States 100 in these shoes...second year in a row. Love these bad boys! They're great on all kinds of gnarly terrain (and nice terrain too) and super lightweight for climbing. I think I've gone through 5 pairs over the last 2 years and I plan to stock up on more. Love 'em!!!

How does this shoe fit in size? I wear a...

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How does this shoe fit in size? I wear a size women's 7 in a regular running shoe. Would I wear the same size in this shoe?

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rachel. The Masochist fits true to size. One comment says they fit a little small but most of my friends have found them to fit true to size. So, if you wear a women's 7 in your 'regular' running shoes you should wear a 7 in the Mountain Masochist. I hope this info helps!

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I got these in my normal running shoe size (which is a half size up from my street shoe size), and they fit perfectly.

5 5

Comfortable & Light

These shoes have it all: wide enough toe box for toe movement but not too much space, deep heel cup for no heel slip, great arch support, light, airy, and feel like slippers. I always have trouble finding shoes for long days on the trail and these are quickly replacing my Oboz Dash which have been my favorites for 3 yrs. No foot pain whatsoever and I literally forget I'm wearing them, which says a lot for my feet.

4 5

Women's Mountain Masochist

These shoes are sweet! Super light, low volume but great support, which I find suprising for how little of shoe there is. I have a high arch and these shoes complement my feet. The heel is cupped pretty deep and is great support. I had been running in the salamon xt wings (which I loved) but they no longer make that style. I'm really stoked with the performance of the shoe and once I got over how minimumal the shoe is (I was head tripping myself, thinking that there wasn't enough shoe/support because they are so light) I was totally sold! I would buy another pair when these are worn out, for sure.

Women's Mountain Masochist
5 5

My faves

These have become my favorite running shoe. I am exclusively a trail runner, who runs a variety of trails - from groomed, smooth gravel paths to rocky, hilly, and very technical terrain in the mountains. The Masochist shines as a great all-around shoe. It is lightweight, has great arch support, springy cushioning - not mushy soft or hard - just right cushioning, a wonderful fit - snug, well fitting heel and a nice roomy mid-foot. As opposed to some shoes that fit like an unstructured box on the foot, this shoes has a nice form fit. Great tread, too. Love it! Now I just hope Montrail won't re-work the whole thing and ruin a wonderful shoe!

we don't get montrail in australia so i...

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we don't get montrail in australia so i can't try them on.

I really like the look of these shoes and they seem good, but could anyone tell me if they would suit a narrow foot with a flat arch (extreme over pronater)? or could anyone suggest another trail runner to suit?

I'm a mid distance runner on fire trails to very rugged.

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This shoe tends to run a bit small, almost half a size small. It has a medium arch height, and it is fairly supportive. I'm assuming that mid distance for trails is 6-12 mile runs, and for that, this shoe should be plenty for what you have described. I hope that helps!

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Kat. The Mountian Masochist will fit a narrow foot well. However, if you have a flat arch and are an "extreme over pronator" I would consider the Montrail Fairhaven rather than the Mountain Masochist. This is because the Mountain Masochist has a small post on the medial side of the foot which I call a fatigue post that is nice for stability but not designed to help alignment for an extreme over pronator. The Fairhaven has a much more robust post called a "Fluid Post" which is new to Montrail and is getting great reviews. The shoe has a great fit and are meant as a hybrid shoe for running both on and off the pavement. I hope this info helps!

5 5


I love these! They are a great fit for narrow feet. They fit like a glove and have a wide toe box. The arch is a little far back. I put my sofsoles in them just to see how they felt with the insert and the arch was neutralized. I wear them without the inserts, no problems.

5 5

distance trail running - great shoe

I ran my first 50 miler in these, following a few 35 mile runs. The trails were technical with considerable elevation. These shoes fit like a glove and are my favorite pair even beating my Solomon's. My feet sit low to the ground (less issues with ankle turns). I've had them for two months and so far the only problem is that I've lost one of the little metal rings holding the laces. The bottom grid is light-weight and I may lose a bit of grip on rainy, angled hardrock compared to a really beefy trail shoe, but so far it's been totally worth it!

5 5

You Have to Have IT

What a great shoe...for more that running in. I was up in Mammoth and these were recommended to me by the salesman for hiking and running. They were on sale and in My Size. The heel is narrow and snug, arch is high and supportive, toe box is wide and roomy. I wore it for 4 days while on vacation and never wore anything else! Wore it hiking, running, biking, out to all meals. It goes with everything and is so comfortable. Great cushioning and even was warm when the temps dropped to 30degrees and sleet came down while hiking. Hiked a volcano, rough terrain and it was great. Very flexible soul and the lightest shoe I could have imagined. Dirt didn't show and that was a plus in all the dirt up in the mts. Only down side was the laces did loosen every so often. Great shoe for every use you can think of. Worked well for mt. biking as well. Just give it a try if your foot is like mine. thanks to the saleman that recommended it!

4 5

Montrail Masochist

I liked these shoes a lot as they are much lighter than the Continental Divide I had been using. Traction seemed fine. One pair I bought rubbed the back of both heels the first time I wore them. Have 2 other pairs with no problem so I think this one pair may be faulty and plan to contact Montrail concerning this. I have worn them for anywhere from 10 trail miles to 100 trail miles and they remained comfortable and gave me traction on very rocky sections.

4 5

Too Narrow

If these shoes were just a bit wider I would have LOVED them. If you have narrow feet don't hesitate, montrail is great and the azure color is bomb!

2 5

So Disappointed

I have never been more disappointed with a pair of shoes. I loved the tread, I loved their light weight, and I'm not gonna lie, I loved the colors. Unfortunately, from the second I put them on, I realized what others had mentioned - the arch was too far back and too high (note that I have worn Nike's for 15+ years, which are known for high arches, and never had a problem). They were SO uncomfortable. I even tried taking out the Montrail insoles and replacing them with a pair from a favorite pair of Nike's. It helped a little but not nearly enough and after about ten minutes of walking around in my apartment, my feet were in serious pain. Actually two hours after taking them off, I'm still in some pain. I had to return them.

Write your question here...I tried on the...

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Write your question here...I tried on the men's montrail masochist and loved how wide the toe was but the heel was narrow. I felt like the shoe wrapped my foot well, giving my toes room without slipping to the toe on the downhill. Unfortunately, the men's shoe doesn't come in a small enough size for my foot. How does the width of the women's shoe compare to the men's?

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They are both a medium or B width, I'm sure you'll lose some width but it's not like men with a smaller foot haven't done this before, I say do it.

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