- January 5 2012
Fits true to size. I often wear a shoe one-half size too large for adequate toe room, but the Masochist has the roomy toe box my foot demands. On the trail, traction is excellent. I run single-track trails in Cleveland NF where the terrain is often steep with lots of granite; I'm impressed with the excellent footing. I can lace the shoes to conform to my feet so they stay firmly seated but comfortable. Another must-have for my foot is cushion, and the Masochist has plenty of it. In fact, because of the cushion, I'd recommend breaking the shoes in somewhat as the friction created by the cushion can be a source of blisters if one is to run a half marathon with these shoes right out of the box. The insoles need a little time to compress before going with hard and long runs.
- September 21 2011
Love at first lace
These are reasonably light, very breathable, and I love the color. The toebox is fairly wide, which makes them comfortable all day. They have a bit of stability for mild overpronaters that is pretty nice too. I will wear these spring-fall and hope they don't change them like they did the old Hardrocks!
- November 17 2010
Great shoe, Highly Recommend!
Great shoe. Fit was great right out of the box, and I am usually a difficult fit (Size 15, 6'8'' 275 lbs). They did not need any break-in time. Also noticed that they are very comfortable. Initial thoughts were a great look, and the appearance of very quality construction and high quality materials. The toe is rugged enough for the trails I run, tongue was cushy for protection, and the heel cap felt good and snug. Also, the lacing system allows you to ratchet down for looser surfaces or ease up if need be. I cannot speak to durability as I have only had them for a week. Took them for their first run the following day, and was blown away. Stable and responsive enough for gravel and debris covered trails, yet also with enough protection for bigger obstacles. Sole has yet to slip, even on wet leaves! Also took them out on the road just as a test, and they are cushioned enough for the occasional trek on a paved surface. Great look, great fit, great shoe. I highly recommend; if you are a trail runner, you will love this shoe.
- September 18 2010
These are great trail shoes. They are very light and comfortable. They have a moderate amount of toe box protection. I would recommend these shoes for any trail runner.
- September 14 2010
A must have trail running shoe!
These are one of the best Montrail running shoes I've ever had. They are very durable and tough. I've used them in a couple of ultras and most of my training runs. They'll adjust to your feet almost immediately after a couple of runs. I just started using my 3rd pair a couple of weeks ago. An essential item in my running gear, definitely.