Montrail Stratos XCR
Materials: synthetic upper, gore-tex liner
Use: dayhikes through trail backpacking with under 40 lbs
Break-in Period: loosened up after 10 miles
Weight: 1 lb 3 oz
Price Paid: $140
I have a high volume wide foot. Montrails classically run narrow, from what I can tell yet this shoe in a 1/2 size larger fits me great. I love it for everything, it's really lightweight, really stable, really comfortable. I have put about 350 miles on them though and can sense they are starting to go. I had a bit too much faith in them and took 'em off trail up some scree on a wet day. The liner gave way and now I have wet feet. They don't have the stiff sole and lugs for a cross country shoe.
I have taken them on some loops in Yosemite with up to 35 lbs on and they did the job right. They are also great for any trail hike as they are very lightweight. I don't think a gore-tex shoe exists that doesn't eventually spring a leak and so can't be too mad at them for that. The mesh part of the upper is starting to fray, it's not a performance piece by any means and so say don't worry about that.
Also I put some Superfeet in them early on as the stock insole gave out and they began to pulverize my feet. I think all my off-trail side-hilling has stretched them out and they feel really roomy now. It makes me wonder if a 9 1/2 would have done the job after a break-in. All in all I am happy with their performance and wide range of uses. Again they are very light. The ones I own are the men's version, different from the picture up right now.
Use: Rough trail w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $140
Bought the Stratos XCR for a Grand Canyon Loop Hike Tuna/Shinumo. Have tried various other hiking boots for other GC Loop Hikes. Have done other GC hikes in Vasque sundowners, sundowners GTX, Montrail Torre GTX. Was looking for something lighter, waterproof, breathable, full length shank type of protection, and good tread on the soles.
These shoes come about 1/2 to 1 full size too small. I knew from other reviews they come about 1/2 size too small so I got a 12 1/2 vs. normal 12. The Stratos do not fit on the same last size as say the Leona Divide or Hurricane Ridge. Should have gotten a size 13 in this model. Toes took a beating on the downhill.
Also difficult was the lacing system. Could not get the boots tight enough to prevent my feet from slipping forward. The eyelets and laces on these boots really suck. The cushioning however was execellent and my feet were not as sore as they usually are in heavier boots. The full length plastic shank was good. My feet did not get as hot as they normally do even though we had 100 degree days.
The tread was trashed after this hike and since the canyon is a reverse mountain getting up the scree slopes the last few days took a few more steps than if the tread had worn better.
Price Paid: $140
Great lightweight trail shoe. Have put over 500 hard miles on my pair so far and they seem to be holding up fairly well. This shoe is by far best on trails. The sole is not very aggressive and mine have suffered from cross country travel in both Glacier and the Grand Canyon. Plenty of support with a pack under 40 pounds and a set of hiking poles. Would recommend them for any day hikes, most multi day backpacking on trails, and wet weather. Not great on scree, wet vegitation, or lava fields. Cool to wear.
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Fast on the trail, the Montrail Stratos XCR mid-height hiker burns through the miles thanks to light weight and waterproof Gore-Texconstruction.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Stratos XCR Shoe (Fall 2007) Specifications for the Stratos XCR by Montrail Weight: 17 oz./0.49 kg Grip Gryptonite GT rubber Deep tread for traction Triple-density midsole for flexibility and support Fit Medium volume fit for minimal slipping Flexible mid-height upper Tall toe box allows thick socks Snug heel Design GoreTex XCR in a Dry-Shell construction Inner stretch bootie for conforming comfort Redefines lightweight all-weather footwear Animal Snowshoeing Peak bagging Off-season hiking Wet-weather adventure High-demand backpacking Hyper-light alpine climbing
The Montrail Stratos XCR shoe seamlessly blends the protection of a hiking boot with the ultralight technology and comfort of a trail runner. If you liked Montrails Excelerace, you'll love the Stratos. The Stratos is easier to put on, offers more ankle support and is more durable. What more could you ask for? Well for starters, the Gore-Tex EXO upper material gives you the ultimate in waterproof protection. One of the reasons for the incredible fit of the Stratos is the inner bootie construction that creates a smooth contact surface in front of the ankle. No more pinching, bunching or painful break-in periods. The full-length IntegraRide II protection plate provides lightweight, secure footing, which in turn gives you peace of mind and room to run.
- Backcountry Outlet
The Stratos XCR by Montrail fuses hiking boot protection and support with ultralight technology and comfort. No longer must you sacrifice comfort, cushioning, and light weight in order to get the support, stability, and protection of traditional leather boots. The Stratos is built for extended backpacking in all conditions and through all kinds of terrain, but it is also ideal for light hiking or walking.Backpacker Magazine named the Stratos a "Best Buy" (03/06). The reveiwer had a number of positive things to say "This staff favorite topped a recent test of lightweight boots, thanks to its ounce-scrimping combination of ankle support, versatile fit, cushy sole, and innovative waterproofing (it features an external Gore-Tex XCR sock). Cut mid-high, this trail-runner-style shoe has impressed us from the Canadian Rockies to Glacier and the North Cascades, handling 5-day treks with up to 50 pounds. They've gotten us up Class III Mt. Siyeh in Glacier, and across crumbling moraines in Switzerland. They gained yet another fan on a recent speed blitz of seven national parks in a week, where our female tester called them 'surprisingly stable on rocky terrain, dreamy lightweight, and insanely waterproof.' Best for narrow- to medium-width feet"