I bought these off the website and realized I was taking a risk as I had never tried them on and there is no dealer for Raidlight in Canada. I am loyal to the brand since I own 4 of their hydration vests and they are without equal. After reading a great review of the Revolutiv on Trail Runner mag, I decided to order them and am absolutely thrilled with their performance. The first time I wore them just around the house they rubbed on my left ankle on the outside and I thought I would either have to cut them down or send them back - but I tried them hiking 20+ km with knee high compression socks and they were mind blowingly comfortable and super agile! I'm particulary impressed with the cleats which seem to chew up any and all terrain - earth, sand, rocks. I'm not a huge fan of the "sock" style liner but with these shoes it definitely works. Normally I wear a Mid boot for hiking but these are so stable that my ankles feel very solid. Can't wait to try them out on a trail run next!!!
Fit/Comfort: I love the sock liner and it eliminates the need for a trail gaiter. Radilight also uses what they call the Tendon wrapping system (TWS) technology to get an “as close to nothing” feel between your foot and the shoe. I didn’t have to stop and constantly fuss with my laces.
Look/Style: Raidlight nailed it on the turquoise color.
Features: The Revolutiv comes with the speedlace options and there are also regular laces in the box too. I really enjoyed the speedlace even though I’ve hated them in the past with Salomon.
Function/Performance: The soles are grippy in multiple environments. I took these on the slickrock of Escalante, a few slot canyons, and the approach to some hidden arches. They even seem to be somewhat water resistant while winding through the desert wash.
Durability/Construction: The seams are heat welded like a fine Arcteryx jacket. The upper is durable, with reduced spots to fail like my Altras did after just a few hundred miles. The eyelets are also massively reinforced since I seem to blow those out too. Because these are euro, I’m less familiar with the Sensor soles and the durability but they seem brand new after long miles on slickrock and wet trail runs.
These shoes are amazing! They are extremely comfortable and have amazing traction. I run on a lot of very technical terrain as well as dirt roads and this shoe feels great no matter what the conditions are. I competed in the North Face Endurance Challenge at Wachusett Mountain and never slipped or tweaked an ankle. A little on the heavy side for the more serious racers . In warmer weather the shoe molds nicely to the foot, no constrictions were felt. Overall I highly recommend this shoe!