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Matt Rufthaford

Matt Rufthaford

Vermont

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Matt Rufthaford

Matt Rufthafordwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Almost a perfect shoe?
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Size 8

After putting just shy of 50 miles on these shoes (rough New England mountain running) I love almost everything about them. Almost.

My arches are on the lower side of the spectrum, my feet are pretty low volume, and pretty narrow. So I was a little worried that the additional volume in the forefoot compared to what I was used to (La Sportiva Helios V1, La Sportiva Akasha, La Sportiva, La Sportiva...) would be a problem. It hasn't been. I've actually really enjoyed the extra room.

The greatest thing about these shoes is the tread. I have never been one to go for a super nobby outsole and these are far more aggressive than anything I've ever used. But I have a race coming up with lots of technical climbing and descent as well as a fair amount of ski trails so I thought I'd give it a shot. These. Things. Are. Awesome. Ski trails - it'll stick. Buffed trail - it'll stick. Textured schist/granite - it'll stick. The only time I'll be a bit cautious is on wet rock, but that's true of most shoes, especially those with nobby outsoles. Other than that, I feel super comfortable flying down trails and charging up as hard as I can.

My feet also sweat a good deal and while there are a lot of welded overlays on the sides (makes for decent protection when I'm wedging my foot for purchase) the forefoot breaths super well. I'll regularly feel the breeze straight through the shoe.

The sole is also thick enough that I don't feel like I'm really beating my feet up as I run down the trail. That is also likely helped by the rock plate. And the fact that the shoe is pretty light also means that I feel nice and agile as I'm hopping up, over, onto, around, etc everything. I was able to cruise down trail with the Akashas too but the extra weight and the bulkiness made them feel a lot less nimble.

The one thing that drives me nuts (sometimes). The top of the midsole inside the shoe. It gives great support but it's also kind of slick. Every time my feet get dunked in a stream and I end up on some steep downhill (25% grade or steeper) then my insole will start to slide around. Eventually, it'll fold over on itself which is super annoying. And once it happens, it won't stop happening for the rest of the run. I've tried three insoles now and the third one has yet to get wet enough to see if the problem is resolved. I've read the same thing in other reviews. I may just super glue them down and be done with it.

Overall, totally recommend them. Just be aware of that one issue.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a review of on January 9, 2016

Suuuuuper breathable
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this jacket. This is my first technical softshell and it has served my purposes so well. It has instantly become my favorite piece of gear.

I bought a small and a medium. Kept the medium because it allowed me to layer my Rab Microlight Alpine jacket underneath without any restriction in the armpits.

I sweat like a pig when I get my heart rate up and have gone without a shell of any sort when I trail run the past few winters because I always feel too clammy when I wear them, even if just on the descents. Granted, these were hardshells, but very lightweight and "breathable" hardshells. Well, they didn't breath well enough. This jacket is different and has performed flawlessly. Every time I get back to the car, true to form, my synthetic baselayer (which I love because it's so breathable) will be soaked through with sweat on the back but the jacket will at most have one or two minor wet spots, and that's with a pack on forcing direct contact between the two layers. It moves moisture so well. And today I took it to one of the three alpine zones in Vermont in my pack and brought it out just before I got above tree line. It did a fantastic job blocking the wind, though they weren't more than 30 mph gusts. On the decent, I felt waaay too warm but didn't want to fiddle with layers and rather just opened up all the zips (the big chest pockets are vents too) and kept going. Got back to the car. Sweaty shirt, dry jacket. Never got cold for a second.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a question about on November 18, 2015

I’m wondering how stable this would be on my head if I were to use it trail running. I have an approximately 5 year old Tikka2 (I think) that simply doesn’t throw enough light and I’m often concerned going downhill. But this probably weights about twice as much so the question is whether it can fit snuggly enough to stay put. Other lamps with a 3rd strap might not have that issue.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a review of on September 21, 2014

5 5

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

I have put about 85 miles on these shoes mostly in Vermont and a bit in New Hampshire and Connecticut. They have performed really well for me. The sole has never slipped on me, even when on wet rock. The midsole is a great balance between flexibility and responsiveness which allows me to take technical trails really well while also giving good ground feel so I know how much of my foot is on that rock. I have never taken them through a creek crossing but on more than one occasion I've found myself in watery mud up to my ankles for long enough that my socks get soaked. These things dry our really quickly and I have never gotten that "squishy" sensation. The toe bumper offers really good protection. More than a few times I've gotten ahead of myself on a downhill and slammed my toe directly into a root or rock at a full clip and I've never jammed my toes at all. I caught a really point rock right through the midsole once and the pain was bad enough that I thought I had done some real damage to my foot, but it turned out to be fine and I've never came across the same issue again. I have very narrow and low volume feet and these fit really well when I crank down on the laces (especially for the downhills). Definitely recommend them. The other reviews say it runs small. I wear an 8 in everything I wear except for climbing shoes, and these fit fine.

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Matt Rufthafordwrote a question about on November 7, 2012

I am looking to purchase a heavier winter jacket. Basically, I need a decent belay jacket for belaying (duh) and staying warm before I give a project another go. I'm wondering about the sizing. I am not looking to wear just a t-shirt underneath but I don't want it so large that it loses a lot of the heat retention. I am 5'7 135-140 with average arm length for my height.

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