Far from Montrail's roots
By Brian Wilson November 18, 2009
I have purchased Montrail products since the OneSport days. Sadly, this is a great example of a company that is struggling to find its identity in a competetive, if not saturated market. Each year I am hopeful that the new Montrail (Columbia) will find its place. They are a good company and put out for their athletes and the sports they sponsor. The hope was that an infusion of capital from a corporate giant would reignite the relavence of a wandering crew.
I purchased the MM for a 50+ miler that involved some dirt road and trails. They are a comfortable shoe to wear, but I was disappointed with their performance. I liked the thin, flexible forefoot and found it had ample cushioning, letting the occasional stinger through. Granted, others will have a different experience based on their biomechanics, I found the shoe to encourage heel-strike vs midfoot running. For me the fore and aft just don't match well. The MM also showed early signs of wear and tear. The plastic-y tread is pretty lame. Does okay in substantial mud, but is an underperformer on roots, rocks, and wood etc.
It is the best shoe they have put out in a while, so I am hopeful for next season. Perhaps they should embrace their beefy, mountain style heritage and put out some fattys with gnarly tread. Inov-8 has changed the market and left others trying to tap in on the light weight, nimble shoe. The reality is that not everybody wants it. For example, the original HR was a badass shoe, with a devout following, and has been reduced to a confused, non-commital pile of polymeric crap.
I am 5 feet 11 inches tall and weigh in at 175 pounds. I am a supinator and like a shoe sans motion control. I perfer a light wt and nimble shoe, but do like to mix it up with some protection and comfort in the late stages of a 100 miler.
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