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A Gore-Tex membrane for wet weather and a minimalist, moderate-drop chassis for fast trail running.
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.
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.