Montrail Highline

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As a satisfied user of Montrail trail running shoes…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Use: trail running
Price Paid: $64.95

As a satisfied user of Montrail trail running shoes I was disappointed with the Highline. I had the same experience as a previous reviewer with the cracking and splitting across the toe and forefoot of the shoe.

My past experience with Montrail has been shoes with a snug heel fit that prevents slipping but a roomy toebox. The Highline had a very snug forefoot and toebox that is unusual especially since I have a borderline narrow foot. This may have contributed to the cracking and splitting but I've never had this problem with the other Montrail shoes, Vitesse and Hurricane Ridge.


Bought these (March '04) for running on business trips.

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Materials: plastic/nylon/synthetic leather
Use: house to car to gym
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 24 ounces/pair; size 12
Price Paid: $100

Bought these (March '04) for running on business trips. They are marketed as trail runners. I like trails.The plastic cladding just aft of my left pinky toe cracked in two in the first month. That was from mostly walking, on pavement.

My orthotic slides around beneath the stock innersole, making noise. The midsole is somewhat stiff, yet the cushioning of the sole/footbed is very soft. Standing on one foot in these shoes becomes agony as my orthotic digs up into my foot, with the forefoot material nowhere to be found.

I must underscore also that these are not my full-time shoes. They are worn to the gym for an hour or so, four times a week at the very most. I am too intimidated to attempt anything more aggressive.

There's now a finger tip-sized hole in that spot I mentioned in paragraph #1.Both soles are delaminating at the heels. I have never owned shoes that exhibited so much wear for so little use so quickly.

The good part is the three eyelet plastic mesh compressing my instep, but leaving toes free to wiggle. It's almost a flash of brilliance.

Overall this shoe and its maker remind me of one of those German car companies, testing their "innovations" on the customer. I feel dumb having spent $100 on these. At least I didn't find out the hard way, in the field.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Montrail Highline is a stable shoe excellent for high mileage on rough terrain or hard pavement. Named after the Zane Grey Highline50, a tough and challenging 50-miler in Arizona, the Highline is breathable for hot weather and protective enough for long distances.The Highline won Runner's World's "Editor's Choice" award in July 2005. "The Highline is the most versatile shoe in this guide," they wrote. The editors cited the Highline's sticky rubber outsole and an upper that is "secure around the heel, supportive through the arch, and roomy in the forefoot."

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Specifically engineered to take a pounding on high mileage runs across unyielding pavement and broken terrain, the Montrail Highline trail running shoe features gel padding beneath the forefoot region for absorbing the hard impacts of ultra distance running. Added cushion often equates with added weight, but the Montrail Highline has a highly breathable upper reinforced with supportive synthetic leather and an airmesh lining to compensate for the extra padding beneath your feet. The single-density Elon EVA midsole features resilient inserts along key areas of the forefoot and heel to enhance the stability and support. Montrail uses an exclusive IntegraFit last based on information from over 800,000 pairs of digitally scanned feet, giving you more contoured support along the medial side of your feet to minimize elongation and pronation. These fit refinements with a neutral shoe design result in more comfort and stability over extended distances on uneven terrain, and when sized properly, the Highline trail running shoe can even increase energy transfer in your running stride. The result is the softest ride of any Montrail running shoe--a luxury anyone will appreciate over the long run.

- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version

Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Highline Shoe (Fall 2006) Specifications of the Highline by Montrail Weight 12 oz./0.34 kg Ride Heel strike pad for smooth heel-to-midfoot transition Trail-stable design and torsion plate create pronation resistance Forefoot gel pad cushions and is flexible Fit Medium-volume forefoot and toe Mesh tongue wrap for smooth instep fit Ball-of-foot support overlays for control and volume adjustability Design Reinforced side panel screens for support, control, and ventilation Abrasion-resistant collar Hydrophobic ventilated mesh Animal High-mileage, high expectations, high performance Trail running, light hiking, long hiking Hot weather Hot date

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

These plush yet stable trail-runners use breathable mesh uppers for comfort in the heat and are great for long runs on rough terrain or hard pavement. Durable synthetic leather and mesh uppers are breathable and quick drying for superb comfort in warmer climates. Wicking airmesh lining helps evaporate excess moisture quickly for greater comfort and reduced chafing. Reinforced ventilation screen at instep also helps cinch instep snug; rubber toe bumpers protect uppers and feet from bumps and abrasion. IntegraFit™ lasting ensures optimal medial support to control pronation and superb heel alignment for better stability and comfort. Elon EVA midsoles with gel inserts at forefoot and low-density heel pad inserts deliver optimal cushion and comfort. TerraFlex™ AR2 forefoot protection plate shields feet from rocky and uneven terrain and controls flex. Sticky FasTrax carbon-rubber lug outsoles offer sure grip and durable wear on various surfaces.

- REI refers to the men's version

Montrail Highline


The Highline has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$49.83 - $95.00

The Montrail Highline is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen June 26, 2009 at EMS.

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