Garmont 9.81 Escape

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Weight 13.0 oz per shoe



Really comfortable and good support, but minor quality…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Really comfortable and good support, but minor quality issues and hardly any treads


  • Comfortable
  • No break in needed
  • Excellent lacing system


  • Very minimal treads
  • Small quality failure after few months

After reading other reviews on these claiming them to run small, I ordered a half size up from my regular 11. They are a great fit, but I have a feeling my regular size would have worked too since there's a little extra room with the 11 1/2 for me.

Anyway, their best feature: I love the laces! You don't tie them but instead use a sliding plastic clip to tighten andloosen them. The clip holds great and the entire lace system is really easy to adjust. These were really comfortable out of the box and felt great running from the get go. They look good with a classy, fairly understated style. 

Not so enamored with the treads on these as they are very shallow (probably 1/8th-1/4 of an inch thick) and the bottoms of the soles are nearly flat as a result of the minimalistic treads. I would prefer a sole with a bit more of an aggressive tread pattern personally. The soles are, however, good and grippy.

Quality seemed good initially but one of the straps that holds the laces broke after about 4 or 5 months.  They still work with the broken lace strap, but I expected better. 

Overall a more-good-than-bad shoe that wins out on the excellent lace system and comfort.

Manufacturer's Description

Visit Garmont's Men's 9.81 Escape page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Escape from urban runs and enjoy life on the trial in the Garmont 9.81 Escape trail-running shoes for men. Synthetic leather uppers with 3D mesh panels offer feet ventilation while keeping debris out. Single-pull laces make getting shoes on and off a breeze. Mesh linings move moisture away from feet to keep you comfortable during intense runs. EVA midsoles cushion each step and offer great rebound to keep you moving. Thermoplastic urethane plates provide torsional support. Sticky rubber outsoles grip sticks, rocks and loose dirt with ease. Closeout.

- REI refers to the men's version

On Sale. Free Shipping. Garmont Men's 9.81 Escape Shoe DECENT FEATURES of the Garmont Men's 9.81 Escape Shoe Multi-density EVA Firmer cushioning at heelstrike Softer EVA at forefoot for sensitivity Firm lateral PU heel cradle for torsional stability Anti-Odor, Anti-Microbial, Breathable Supportive EVA with 3-D wrap enhances pronation control and stability Variable thickness TPU structure provides specific functions in various locations Heel Zone - maximizes rebound by storing energy on impact and returning that energy as you move forward towards toe-off Forefoot zone - matches the biomechanical structure of the foot, stabilizing and protecting from underfoot impact Structured system which integrates the Tri-Axial Chassis and Carbon Duo stabilizers to control motion, absorb shock, provide rebound and comfort and resist compression set Carbon stabilizers keep the foot on its center axis, and provide gradual midsole compression at heel strike Low profile sole provides stability, while the sticky rubber mix provides the optimum combination of adhesion, wear resistance and durability Lug pattern and profile are oriented to provide maximum traction and braking Lug placement is ergonomical, complimenting the biomechanical function of the foot The SPECS Upper: 3D Mesh Lining: Synthetic Fabric Sole: Adhesion Component Set: G-Force with Tri-Axial Chassis Weight: 370 grams (1/2 pair size 8.5 US) Applications: Trail running, Training, Road/trail runs

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

CLOSEOUTS . Designed to provide stable footing on any surface, Garmont's 9.81 Escape trail running shoes keep feet cool with a breathable 3D mesh upper. A dual-density EVA midsole offers extra cushioning and stability. Available Colors: BLACK, SILVER. Sizes: 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 12.5, 13, 14.

- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version

Crashing is bad, especially when you're flying down a rocky trail on foot. The Garmont Men's 9.81 Escape Trail Run Shoe goes above and beyond to stabilize each stride, so you can log those vertical miles without eating any scree sandwiches.

- refers to the men's version

Garmont 9.81 Escape

$109.95 (men's)

The Garmont 9.81 Escape is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen April 16, 2014 at Sierra Trading Post.

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