This is my first trail shoe, so take this for what it is.
I do a lot of hills and trails, but have a difficult time finding a shoe with a wide toe box (and run fairly neutral). This is a shoe that offers the room in the front end. However, my ultra-thin but very wide spreading foot (width, F) did require I loosen the toe-end lace, on these shoes, and keep them slack. But, again my feet spread, A LOT! I ordered four sizes and found that a half size larger than your true size was perfect. (I'm an 8, got an 8.5)
Great traction in the dirt, mud, sand, and snow (I even strapped on boot chains). Not quite as good on solid ice, but what is. I also noticed that my road shoes seemed to be a little more sticky on solid rock than these, but that makes sense since you're running on lugs and have less friction. They do fine on bare rock for me, and I figure myself as aggressive on the trail. Materials are tough and, after 9 months, I haven't noticed any breaks or tears.
I would definitely recommend these to a friend, and have.