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The swamps of Florida
Jan 15, 2014
I'm a huge fan of Montrail shoes in general. I thru-hiked the AT in them and run ultras in them. Unfortunately, there seem to be quality issues with the uppers. I've purchased two pairs of Bajadas and both consistently wore out on the upper in the insole. Long before the bottoms wear out or the shoe *should* wear out, I have to run with holes in the uppers or retire the shoes.
Jul 28, 2013
I have used this shoe for 2 years in the difficult glacially broken terrain of the Hudson valley in New York. I frequently run 50 km in the shoes including road sections and have found it to be the best shoe I have ever had.
Jun 26, 2013
I loved the shoe felt and fit, but had major problems with durability. I bought my first pair and after 39 miles I had worn a hole in the mesh of the upper. I figured it must have just been a flaw so I returned them for the same shoe because I liked the shoe. The next pair lasted just past the 30 day return policy(150 miles or so). Over all great shoe if you can afford a new pair every 30 days.
Sep 28, 2012
I bought this shoe and LOVED it out of the box. note that I wear a size 10 adidas, but got these in a 9 (so they run very small). again I loved these shoes, fit great, light weight, nibble on the trail, no toe nail issues....and they look super cool. BUT after about 120 miles which included a run around Mt St Helens (so hard miles) one of the soles started to peel on the heel. Then at 155 miles (about 2.5 months) I see there is a tear on the inside of each shoe right between the clear hard support structure components. Looks like the tear will spread quickly. I returned these unfortunately. Pretty disappointing since I am also running two pairs of adidases that have 450 miles on them and they are still workable trail shoes.
so on recommending the shoe - i would for around town, but not for trail running because of durability.
Royal Oak, MI
Aug 30, 2012
I wrote this shoes for the 2012 Leadville Trail 100. I had planned on swapping it for road shoes during the middle of the course, but after they worked so well on the trail portions, I just didn't want to take them off. It was a good decision. This is a pretty good shoe even on asphalt (though not my first choice, of course.) After 100 miles, I had no blisters or black toe nails for the first time in seven races.
The shoe seems to have a closer fitting toe box compared with my Rock Ridges. I think this was a benefit that kept my foot from sliding forward on the steep descents.
The only negative is the heel tread pattern does not self-clean with moist soils. I've finished morning runs on Michigan trails only to find a good amount of soil packed in there.
May 8, 2012
Extremely lite shoe with enough traction for heavy, muddy trail. This has become my new favorite shoe!