Montrail FluidFlex Review

Shoe:

Women’s Montrail FluidFleximage-2

Specs:

4 mm heel to toe offset

6.1 oz (172 g) (dang that’s light!)

Size 8 –Fit true to size

MSRP: $90

Color: Coral/Sea Salt

Features:

Nontraditional lacing to create a secure fit, ensuring a snug upper.

A “Gryptonite” technology microlug sole that allows for excellent traction while remaining                 lightweight.  Similar to other Montrail soles but with added flexibility.

imageThe Nitty-Gritty:

The Montrail FluidFlex was designed to give runners the best of both worlds: enough support, traction, and cushioning to handle miles of trails, and LIGHTWEIGHT. I love the idea of lighter shoes, because I hate carrying extra weight if I don’t have to. The problem I have found, though, is that I don’t like running shoes that feel like I am actually barefoot.  I need some cushion to soften the blow, particularly after the day’s miles start adding up and I am less careful with my footstrike. The Montrail FluidFlex was a perfect match in that category. It felt extremely light, and provided enough cushion to lessen the impact on my feet.

I like my shoes to feel a bit like a glove with some room at the toe, and this shoe fit my foot very well. The upper is snug, with the laces adjustable to make the shoe form perfectly around my foot. I didn’t experience any slipping of the heel or movement in the toe box.

The only part of the fit I don’t like is the one area that touches the Achilles tendon; it was the only part of the shoe that I “felt” while running. I would prefer more padding in that area. Overall, I like that the upper doesn’t have a lot of extra material added that doesn’t serve a purpose.

I am impressed with the versatility of this shoe. The traction on the bottom worked well on image-4both the bike path and trail. The shoe didn’t feel big and clunky on the bike path, as trail shoes often do. When tested on rocky trails, I was able to run without feeling the sharpness and hardness of the rocks. Additionally, the traction allowed me to run confidently on wet trails, with no slipping and sliding.

Did you notice the price? $90 for this shoe, with the technology and features it boasts is a steal!

The Bottom Line:

I really, really like this shoe and would love to add it to my permanent rotation. I will probably use it to run on trail surfaces, distances up to 50 mile. The shoe’s adaptability to trail and bike path make me wish I was running the American River 50 mile Endurance Run this year.

image-3Full disclosure: I was provided these shoes at no cost to me. My opinion is my own, and I was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

Reviewed by guest reviewer Tara Barragan. She’s also reviewed the On CloudSurfer shoe here and the ISIS Velocity Jacket here.

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