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Lace up the Montrail Rogue Fly Trail Running Shoe and make for the shrouded mountain trails. Leave the motorists and asphalt behind, and climb the incline ahead with this lightweight but tough shoe.

  • Fluid Post technology means a transition from softer heel cushioning to firmer forefoot cushioning to help with a natural gait
  • Lightweight mesh upper encourages ventilation and contributes to minimalist design
  • Low-profile midsole allows flex and enhances responsiveness and feel
  • Grippy Gryptonite sole gains traction on steep and smooth surfaces
  • Trail Shield protection plate adds an extra barrier between midsole and outsole for unsurpassed protection underfoot
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Fast and light

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

These shoes are great. Run in them a few times and have been faster then my normal miles. Very light weight but sturdy. They have a little more arch support then I like but that will pack out. Great traction and they look awesome.

State of the Art

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I loved the Montrail Rogue Racer shoe. It provided a decent amount of cushioning in a very lightweight shoe. The Rogue Fly is the next step. As far as I can tell, the Fly keeps the exact same sole as the Racer, but provides an even lighter upper.

Does it work? Absolutely. My size 10 Flys weigh 460g (pair); my Rogue Racers 505g. That might not seem like much of a weight saving, but it's still 10%. And so far, I've not missed the lack of structure in the uppers. I could be imagining things, but it also seems like the Flys run a little narrower than the Racers.

What I still don't like is the amount of heel-to-toe drop. (10mm, I think.) I do like that the heel is well-cushioned, as it means I can run fast downhill. (Overtaking runners wearing really minimal shoes!) But I'm not sure I need this much heel height, nor if it is really appropriate for such a lightweight shoe. I think Montrail could decrease HTTD to, say, 6mm, and further lighten the shoe without damaging its performance. I have no problem running fast downhill in Brooks Pure Grit, with a 4mm HTTD.

Durability may be an issue. As Montrail shave more and more weight off the shoe, something has to give. I think the product description should emphasize more that this is really a stripped-down racing shoe. However, my Rogue Racers have lasted through many long races and lots of abuse on the trails, so hopefully the Flys will last similarly.

Outside Magazine BEST Trail Shoe of 2012 Summer

    So far I've tried all the new Montrails this year. I like the Rogue Racer and the Bajadas.. but I LOVE this Rogue Fly. Super light, just protective enough for a long run (I'm running Pocatello 50 in them tomorrow) and even Outside Magazine Pays Homage with BEST shoe of 2012.