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With the Men's Spark GTX Trail Running Shoe, there's no place too far to run. This minimalist trail running shoe delivers all the support and protection you need to pick your way through technical mountain terrain without beating up your body. The 6mm heel-forefoot drop puts your foot in the most natural position for smooth heel-toe transition, and a combination of upper and midsole materials keeps this shoe at a light 10.4 ounces. You'll feel fast and agile on the trail, and when wet weather strikes, you can keep running thanks to the waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane. For mountain athletes, this trail running shoe is a complete package for racing, cross training, or fast hiking.

  • Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane allows sweaty moisture to escape from within while keeping external rain and precipitation from soaking your foot
  • Synthetic leather upper protects and supports your foot
  • TR2 last offers a close fit and moderate arch support
  • EVA midsole absorbs impact and provides support, and an EcoPure additive promotes degradation in landfill conditions
  • Forefoot strike plate is made of a lightweight, Hi-Tensile fabric structure that protects your foot from sharp rocks and debris
  • Moderate, 6mm drop (heel-forefoot offset) allows you to more easily transition between heel, midfoot, and forefoot striking styles
  • Speed Lite outsole offers aggressive traction without adding undue weight

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Pretty good with some caveats...

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Having loved the original Sparks, I picked up a pair of these (although for far less). Overall they're a great shoe, but there are a few things to consider. First, due to the GTX insert, these will not stretch out a little bit like the normal Sparks. Even from the get-go, they feel narrower than the Sparks, so if you have wide feet, you better try on a pair. Second, I stress fractured the top of my foot a couple of years ago and these shoes (due to the tight fit) occasionally put somewhat uncomfortable pressure on that particular spot--usually only during walking, not running. Anyhow, that's not really the fault of the shoe, but an issue I have. Third, as others have mentioned, the grip is good on these shoes, but the rubber wears out pretty quickly, especially if you use them on the road at all. Scarpa should use a different rubber compound, however it might cost them some weight savings. Last, for going down trails fast, I feel the narrow fit doesn't provide as much control as my Altra Lone Peaks.

On the plus side, these shoes keep you dry, they're light, and they have minimal drop. I use them on the road, on the trail, and everywhere else. I like their styling and they don't unnecessarily stand out like some other trail running shoes which means I can wear them with jeans or whatever and not look like a complete dork.

If they had a more durable outsole, I'd give them 5-stars.

Pretty good with some caveats...

Great shoe from a bomber company!

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit:True to size

I bought these for a friend who used them for the approach portion of the Gannett Peak hike. They run true to size, and he will follow up with more detailed information.

These shoes are by far the best trail shoe I have ever used!

My intention was to use these shoes for less than half of my 50+ mile excursion to the top of Gannett Peak and back. Due to the stiffness and support of the shoe, I was able to use the shoes for the majority of the trip, excluding summit day. Although, if I could have strapped my crampons to them I probably would have never taken them off.

I know they say you shouldn't use trail runners to carry heavy packs over rough terrain, but having known the consequences of multiple broken ankles, I was not once concerned with rolling an ankle carrying a 60+ pound pack with these shoes. I have never felt so surefooted and supported in a pair of shoes.

They are lighter than their competition and after multiple creek crossings and been in a great deal of snow with them, my feet have yet to get wet. Also, in warm summer temperatures, thanks to the magic of Gore-tex, my feet are never soggy and sweaty.

I think these shoes might have been sent from above because I have never wore anything that compares to them and I don't ever plan to wear anything else.

I can not thank Jeni Nash enough for leading me onto these amazing shoes. I was not going to get the Gore-tex due to the price difference but she informed me that would be the most foolish decision of my entire life. Other than skiing without a helmet, she was right.

Side note: My dance floor moves have improved greatly since owning these shoes.