Montrail Rogue Fly
Montrail.com | 7.6 oz | $105
Fit | Testers raved about the connection between their feet and the shoe. “This is like a track spike for the trails,” said one tester. “You want to run fast as soon as you put them on.” Snug from heel to toe like a racing shoe should be, the low-volume mesh upper is sufficiently stretchy and pliable to give the toes some room to move.
Feel | It has the flexibility and quick-cadence demeanor of a road racing shoe, but the feisty attitude of a trail racer. The thin forefoot sole and low-profile lug pattern allow for great interaction with the ground, especially at higher speeds. “Your feet can really sense the ground,” said one tester.
Ride | Despite the significant heel slopes, a trait that can promote heel striking, the Rogue Fly doesn’t suffer from slower heel-first jogging. Instead, it begs to be run at faster speeds with a forefoot or mid-foot gait. It’s a smooth operator on dirt roads and smooth dirt trails. It has enough moxie and agility to survive mildly technical routes, although it’s not great on craggy mountain trails because of the spartan toe box and forefoot construction.