Montrail, one of the original trail running shoe brands, is back in a big way this year, starting with the Caldorado. For a firm, noticeably supportive shoe that can handle burly mountain terrain, it feels lightweight and comfortable, and flexes well at the forefoot for a smooth ride. The mid-foot stability was appreciated by those who tend to pronate on smooth terrain, and helped neutral runners fight foot fatigue on long runs. The midsole/outsole blends responsive cushioning with solid traction and a jab-blocking, hard plastic protective rock plate under the forefoot. The seamless upper is comfortable and breathable, while overlays and a toe bumper provide structure and abrasion protection. The insole wraps high around the sides of the foot, adding to the seamless feel of the interior.
This is the shoe for you if … you want a versatile shoe that will work well on a wide variety of trails, from dirt roads to technical routes strewn with rocks and roots.
Weights: 11 oz. (men’s), 9.1 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 8mm; 19mm (heel), 11mm (forefoot)
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