Great shoe! Super comfortable with great cushioning, but also responsive. Perfect everyday trail or road shoe. Im on my third pair and love them.
I took these shoes with me to the Eco-Challenge which was a 671 Kilometer stage race on the islands of Fiji. I also trained in them extensively prior to the race. The shoes excelled in the wet environment and provided remarkable stability in wet environments when my feet were constantly in and out of wet situations. The grip is good in wet environments and great in loose desert sand and dust. They were average on dry rocky terrain and I never felt they were lacking in grip. The lacing and tongue system is a little different than traditional shoes and I think it is an improvement and the tongue was never bunched up or loose. They hold up better than most shoes and I haven't experienced pre-mature holes in the fold part of the front toe box, pronation issues, degradation of the heel cup. The balance of cushy-ness, weight, and stability is perfect for long, long events such as ultras and adventure races. The shoe will fit average feet size but I have a wide toe box and super high arch. The shoe still worked for me. People with skinny feet should try them out before purchasing.
I have ran 231 miles in these beauties and climbed over 30,000′ e.g. I love the fit the most. Very snug across the mid foot and the heel cup is nice and tight. The toe box is just right not too big and sloppy and not too tight. The upper is incredibly rugged and breathable. The overlays are perfectly located in all the places my shoes have worn in the past.
The Dynamic Sensor Sole is grip and comfort in one. The outsole is super grippy on wet rocks, roots and in the mud. I am enjoying that there is no rock plate because the trail feel is perfect. The sole cushioning is firm enough to not feel sharp rocks but soft enough to keep you honest with foot placement. The lugs are around 3-4mm just enough to grip in mud and loose gravel but not deep enough to hold the mud.
To address the achilles problem I have had in the past it seems they knew exactly what I needed, or maybe I’m not the only one to experience this. The upper cushion to the heel cup has flexibility seams built in to help. I guess this means no more achilles holes in my socks and my calluses might go away. All in all this shoe is built for true Mountain Ultra Trail running, with the crazy climbs (6mm drop just right for the calves), insane steep technical descents and village cobblestones, these trail runners have got what it takes to endure the miles. I am so happy they have finally made it to the US from Saint Pierre de Chartreuse, France.