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sethlsande1633643 wrote a review of on March 3, 2012

5 5

As a metalhead and outdoorsman telemark appealed to me because it's managed to retain a cult quality and encourages you to explore beyond the ski lifts. I got these on advice from Peter from Mountain Travelers, the sweetest Tele place in southern VT. Despite the hideous graphics, which look like a rejected snowboard design from 1995, I went for it; skied them about a week in the Catskills and VT and they've done beautifully. Just fat enough to be smooth in powder (the little bit that I could squeeze out of trees and slackcountry) but narrow enough to turn easily and totally firm on chopped-up crud. Maybe the best thing about these for our typical hellish conditions is that they hold like ice tools on hardpack. And as an intermediate skier, the sidecut and rise are just turny enough to make me look good. In conclusion, if you tele on the east coast I can't imagine a better ski.

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sethlsande1633643 wrote a question about on April 15, 2009

Love the Streaks, very interested in these, but I've been reading that they run larger (a problem which made the Wildwoods nearly useless for me)...are these, in fit, simply a slightly narrower Streak or are there any other sizing differences?

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sethlsande1633643 wrote a review of on January 29, 2009

2 5

These what you'd expect of a trail-road hybrid--mediocre at both. They've got a ton of cushioning, but the run is clunky, like they don't want to leave the ground. The fit is baggy, inferior to the typical Montrail last--the 11 is usually a perfect fit for me but here it only works if I wear thick hiking socks. And by contrast with the zippy but austere look of the Streak, these look like hell.

I got these for protection on very long runs, which they'll probably still be good for, but they're just not impressive shoes.

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sethlsande1633643 wrote a review of on August 30, 2008

5 5

Montrail is a deservedly legendary trail shoe company, but it seemed headed downhill with its purchase by Columbia--it was harder to reach customer service, and almost every shoe I got from them (Odyssey, Hurricane, Namche) in recent years had a manufacturing defect.

The Streak is a great return to form: classic Montrail fit, with a snug, sculpted heel cup and huge, roomy toebox. The body has a comfy, soft and very breathable mesh. What's special about these shoes is their light, agile feel. They have a very minimal sole, just beefy enough to protect you from rocks but thin enough that you can feel the terrain. They ride low to encourage stability through good foot placement, rather than lots of extra padding and structure. Overall, they combine a fast, sprightly feel with enough toughness to handle three hour trail runs just fine.

For more brutal terrain, you might want to look into a beefier shoe like the Vitesse, for dirt and grass a lugged fell running-type shoe like the Highlander, and for wet conditions something in goretex. But as a go-to, just-enough-to-do-the-job minimalist trail shoe, the Streak and the similarly fast n light La Sportiva Fireblade are the ones to beat.

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sethlsande1633643 wrote a review of on April 24, 2008

4 5

Mine works well. The trick is to put some very hot water in first, then dump it and put in your hot beverage. In my experience it keeps things blazing hot for a couple hours, hot for a couple more, and warm for a few thereafter.

There are two, perhaps unavoidable, design problems you can encounter. The first is that unless you've opened just the right amount, it's a tad splashy when it pours.

The second is that if you've got a colored one, the color will eventually start to flake off. They still look cool, but you might want to just stay with the basic aluminum color.

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