My right big toe kept bumping the reinforced toe box. That foot is slightly larger than the other, and what felt fine on the left was problematic on the right. I went back to the Boulder Running Company. After another consultation I left with the neutral Montrail Bajada’s. Bright orange, as light as my Saucany road shoes… perfect.
I raced Desert RATS in the Montrails and loved them. Lightweight but with enough nub on the sole to grip slick rock and single-track. 25.9 miles later, my feet were in perfect condition. Even the orange nail polish survived! No blisters, no chafing due to stitching on the seams… nirvana.
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Last weekend I ran the Colorado Marathon, a downhill road marathon in Fort Collins, CO. Due to some instability issues in my glute and foot that couldn’t be addressed before the race, my PT strongly advised that I wear the Montrails for the marathon, saying that the nubby sole wouldn’t affect my performance in the least.
He was right. I ran downhill on asphalt and concrete for 26.2 (well, 26.48 according to the Garmin, but who’s counting) miles in trail shoes and qualified for Boston with a 3:32 time.
In my non-professional, run-in-what-works opinion, these Montrails are perfect both on and off the trail. Even though it’s a neutral shoe it takes well to insert-adjustment for feet that require orthotics or other minor jacking. The sizing runs small; I bought a 7.5 women’s whereas I usually take an 8 or even 8.5 in some brands.