The Bottom Line
- Look Great
- Wear Quickly at the Point of Toe Flex
- Uppers Snag Easily
- Can Feel Waterlogged
- Trail Running Shoes
- Waterproof and Breathable
- Retail Price: Between $99 and $119
Guide Review - Montrail Masochist Trail Running Shoes
The Mountain Masochist comes in a GTX (Gore-Tex ) version, which is breathable and waterproof in the nastiest trail conditions. I haven't crossed any streams yet with my Montrails, but I have run in the rain on several occasions and my feet always stayed warm and dry. The downside of running in the rain with these shoes is that they seem to hang on to the water and feel heavy and a bit waterlogged even though my feet are dry. They can take a while to dry as well.
The traction provided by the Masochist is excellent. The ultra-sticky Gryptonite sole clings to almost anything including slick rock, uneven trails, roots and loose surfaces. I also appreciate the close-fitting heel and midfoot with a larger toe box that allows my toes to spread a bit. The thick, cushioned tongue is comfortable and helps keep debris from finding its way into the shoe.
While it's never a deal-breaker in a trail shoe, the color options for the Montrails are very likable. They are not too flashy, or brightly colored like so many women's running shoes.