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jkastar2357618 wrote a review of on February 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I bought these shoes in an effort to strengthen my feet and slowly convert my form to alleviate knee pain. These shoes will put you on your forefoot, which is what I wanted. I mostly used about equally on trails and pavement, but they are more comfy on trail, that's for sure. I also really like them for hiking, as they give me a real nimble feel.
After considering wearing a cushier shoe for a 24 mile trail/mountain race in Alaska, I decided these would be better, as I had done all my training in them. After creek/river crossings they dried quickly, and after 24 mile race I had no foot pain. Improved running form (short stride, minimal-to-no heal strike) and these shoes meant no knee pain also.
Bottom line, I tried the Vibrams and didn't like the feel, and I got blisters. The Merrells were comfier with the roomy toe box, but still provided that minimalist feel. Many people go sock less, but because debris can wind up in your shoe (causing blister over time), I usually wore thin socks and they were fine.
I wore 1/2 size smaller than usual. The soles last well, but the upper near the arch may tear after 200-300 miles or so, depending on what type of running you're doing, but despite the tear, they are still runnable for some time.

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jkastar2357618 wrote a review of on November 18, 2009

5 5

I think these are the better choice than the more expensive msr lightning ascents for backcountry snowboarding. This is why...
~packability- the denali's have a smaller frame than the lighting and they pack a little more flat on your pack so you can better enjoy the ride down.
~versatility- while these are smaller than the lightings, you can purchase the 6" extenders, which are easy to mount (even in cold), lightweight and packable, allowing these relatively small snowshoes to adapt to and overcome deep snow conditions.
~I've tried Tubbs and Atlas snowshoes and between the ease of adjustment, the ascender clips, the traction, and the overall weight and dimensions this is my favorite snowshoe. Perfect for getting me to the gnarly big mountain lines in AK.

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