I recently wore these Pearl Izumi shoes for a Trail ultra marathon. They handled the uphills great and had good traction. The shoe is comfortable and rugged, but there is a lot of forefoot room so you may move around. I have wide feet and had the laces cinched very tight, so it's not for narrow-footed people! Mud and huge rocks were no problem.
My gripe would be that they are not set up for distance or extremes. They definitely would not be recommended for anyone going much over 10-15 miles at a whack. After 50 miles they were tapped.
Nice neutral shoe that was a little heavy but worked well. It is hard to find something for trails that is not intensely for motion control. A little hard to break in but imagine they will wear. I was the only person in these shoes that I saw, maybe that is an indicator.