By Editor | August 9, 2008
The Montrail Mountain Mist XCR is a nimble trail runner that allows the wearer to easily cross over to moderate backpacking duty.
Montrail Mountain Mist XCR trail runner is one of the best at moving fast, it is also great for dayhiking, backpacking, even scrambling off-trail. One tester took these straight out of the box on a 6-day trip in California’s Trinity Alps and found them comfortable from the first step. Versatile, too: “They handled snowfields, steep, muddy hillsides, and slippery rocks, all with a 40-pound pack.”
The Montrail Mountain Mist XCR is one of the lightest trail running shoes that marries plush cushioning and excellent torsional stability with good forefoot flex and rocker. Some of us carried 40 pounds comfortably, (hanks in part to a plastic exoskeleton that supports feet from the laces to the ankle. Credit also goes to gel cushioning in the forefoot and a full-length plastic midsole plate.
Waterproofing proved reliable, and breathability is among the best in the bunch. In fact, the shoes never felt damp during back-to-back 16-mile summer dayhikes in Glacier National Park. But the toebox’s tight fit was uncomfortable for some testers, and while the snug collar keeps out sand and stones, it’s so snug you have to force your foot through. Also, after a few hundred miles, seams and toe rands on some testers’ shoes began to unravel. Best for narrow, low-volume feet.
Price: $125 Weight: 1 lb. 15 OZ.
Sizes: Men’s 7-12, 13, 14, 15, Women’s 5-11
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