I just started trail running this summer after 5 years battling Plantar Fasciitis. I was concerned that the harder sole would bother my feet, but they felt great the very first time that I used them. I normally wear a 7.5 - 8 shoe and got the 8 which fits perfectly. I like the roomy toe box and the pull type lacing. I tend to over pronate and turn my ankles. These shoes provide great stability. I'm so happy to be on my feet again and enjoying the trails!
8.3.09 - OK. I still love these shoes, but the lacing system frayed and broke while I was hiking. I use them a lot, but I was hoping that the lace life would be the same as the tread life....which is still quite serviceable after a year. I'll have to find out if the lace can be replaced instead of my current knot and electrical tape solution.
9.14.09 - My lace repair job is working just fine, but something funny happened 2 days ago. I was hiking with 3 friends who were all wearing these shoes. I was complaining that the laces are long and sometimes get caught on stuff on the trail or I step on them. Only one of us knew about the pocket at the end of the tongue where you can tuck in the excess lace!