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James C.

James C.

James C.wrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Most comfortable trail runner right out of the box that I have ever owned. Not a negative comment but for the fact that the sole is not particularly long lived if you spend a lot of time on concrete sidewalks. This latest version was not tight in the toe box [even will full length orthotics], unlike the last pair that I went through. Still my all time favorite shoe...have to add that I have never had a materials failure in any of the pairs that I have owned.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on September 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First new shoes that I have bought in years. These run true to size. I wear an 11 US and bought a 45.5, exactly what the size chart indicated. I also have sort of wide feet and wear a full orthotic insole. The toe box is not tight at all, the dual Boa dials work near to perfectly, and the fit can be dialed in far better than any shoe that I have ever had in over 30 years of mountain biking. They are also comfortable right out of the box with no break in required. I rode 20 miles of tight technical single track on the first day in about 90 F and the shoes felt as if I had worn them all season! Absolutely love them...

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on June 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I have written a bunch of reviews on Salomon trail runner/approach shoes. This shoe has the most room in the toe box of any Salomon that I have ever worn; even more than the XA PRO GTX. They are light, feel great and breath spectacularly. What remains to be seen is how long the sole and cushion will last. In my experience, in urban use, it will not be overly long...the upside is no break in period is needed.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on May 7, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

If you scroll down, you will see a review that I wrote for a pair that I bought a year ago and I mentioned that that pair seemed a bit narrower than the pair that I had purchased before. Well, I just bought my third pair, having worn the second pair to tatters, and this latest version is even narrower than the second set. They are now so narrow in the toe box that I had to send them back. It really is a shame because even though they don't last long, I really do like them quite a bit; light as a feather, well cushioned [while it lasts], and great traction...

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on March 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

Pain in the ass to get on because I always need two hands to get into the shoe. That being said, very comfortable, and appear to be durable. I have two pair and the FL is slightly tighter in the toe box than the FL GTX. Wish that the color choices were better and I also wish that the laces would stay tied. Only shoe that I have ever owned [and I am an approach shoe junkie] where the laces, even when double knotted, still manage to come untied!

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on September 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

The first generation Dragontail was a bit heavier and actually crampon compatible. I went through three pair and actually had one pair resoled with new Vibram. The second generation was light weight crap that lasted not at all and was an embarrassment to the brand. This appears to be the third generation and is almost as good as the first. They are stiff, very long wearing and can still be resoled. Best of all, they need no break in time and are very comfortable. No rock bruised feet with these. If I could make one improvement, it would be to go back to the heavier gen one toe cap; otherwise these are well worth the money! This version makes up for the disaster of the last version....

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on April 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs

Still love the shoe. Light weight, well cushioned and nicely made. Appears to be narrower in the forefoot but has already stretched a bit after only ten miles of walking. The only downside is that (at least the last version) the sole was not long lived. The sole appears the same, so I am not confident that these will last any longer. First pair of trail runners where the sole gave out before the cushioning went flat. Still love them but wish that they were a bit tougher.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on March 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well made, warm [at least they were for tele skiing in VT at about 10F] and seemingly true to size. I haven't had issues with the lining as some others have reported. The best quality seems to be warmth vs bulk. They are decidedly not bulky but warm enough for anything but continuous below zero...

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on January 5, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Bought an Xl expecting it to be spot on. While the build quality is outstanding, the pants were so small that I could barely get them over my quads; the waist was impossible.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on December 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

I admit to being a trail runner/ approach shoe junkie and this is my third pair of these. The latest pair, while true to size for me, has slightly less volume than the previous two pair. My only gripe is that the soles just do not wear as well as the rest of the shoe. The soles are down to no cleat long before the upper would be shot. I agree that the shoe is tortionally stiff but really like that part...

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on November 21, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6'
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I'm 6' and 200 lbs with 32-33" sleeves. Ordered an XL like several other OR jackets that I have had. The fit is bizarre, with sleeves about 4-5" too long. Seems nicely made but has large wool side panels that are difficult to see in the pictures. Overall, I can't imagine who this is designed to fit....

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on June 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I go through more day hiker /approach shoes than anyone I know. It must be all of the walking on concrete sidewalks that takes a toll [!]. That being said, these shoes are holding up very well. Comfortable right out of the box, true to size, and seemingly bomb proof construction. I ditched a pretty new pair of Millet shoes because these are far more comfortable in the forefoot area; a little more rigid sole makes for better support...

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James C.wrote a review of on June 21, 2011

1 5

have owned many garmonts in the last ten years. these started great when i picked them up in october 2010. wore them pretty sparingly; mostly pavement on the walk to work. about a week ago, the leather separated from the toe cap on the right boot resulting in a 1.5 inch tear through to the boot liner material!

they run true to size and the sole is barely worn, but due to the failure, they are now toast...

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