Use: trail running, day hikes, light backpack
Break-in Period: a couple of hours
Weight: 190 base weight
Price Paid: $49 to 65
PROS: Vitesse is the cadillac of trail runners. Especially important to me is the wide stable base (have had lots of twisted ankles running on trails with narrow sole shoes) and shock absorbing base. Secondary is uppers ability to withstand trail muck and gravel. Toe stone guard also prolongs shoe life. The best trail runners I have ever owned!!!!! I have also used these shoes to do much hiking and light backpacking.
CONS: Shoes do not do well in snow, poor traction. After many pairs of these shoes, the only real problem has been an occasional sole coming unglued.
Otherwise, Montrail is a great shoe company, and have owned many different models of their products, but Vitesse is my absolute favorite.
Note: shoes run a full half size small.
Use: trail running
Break-in Period: about 25 miles
Price Paid: $39.95
Vitesse is a great lightweight nimble trailrunning shoe. The fit was comfortably snug for my narrow foot but plenty of room in the toebox. I've been sold on Montrails since buying my first pair of Montrail Ultra hiking shoes.
My only problem with the Vittesse was at about 600 miles a piece of wire poked through the back of the shoe and was a source of irritation to the back of my heel. Otherwise, I may have kept them longer.
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The Montrail Vitesse Trail Running Shoe is a hardcore shoe whose unique design has earned it a rabid following amongst adventure racers, ultra-marathoners, and runners who don't care much for pavement. The most immediately noticeable thing about the Vitesse is its form-fitting internal bootie. Simply put, the Vitesse feels like a sock when you slip it on, with maximum shoe to foot contact for comfort and control. It's a sock with teeth though. Luggy tread on a stiff sole protects your feet from rocks and debris, with an extra lug outside your instep to add extra protection against ankle roll. Mesh-vented uppers make for great breathability and work with the hydrophobic uppers to dry fast on the fly. No quarter asked and none given for weather or trail conditions with the Vitesse.
- Backcountry Outlet
Free Shipping. Montrail Men's Vitesse Shoe (Fall 2008) The Men's Vitesse by Montrail is their original do-anything shoe with a tough front protection plate, tight fit in the heel, hydrophobic upper, and exceptionally stable sole design. While this is our most rugged running shoe, it is also a favorite of our ultra running team.Features:Weight: 12 oz./0.34 kgTough, stable, and ultra-protectionLateral outrigger soleEmphasizes protection and stability over cushioned rideTall and broad toe boxMedium-volume instep, solid medial supportOne-piece forefoot for durability, stretch-bootie construction to seal out dirt and debris
The Montrail Vitesse is designed for serious trail running and it is the standard by which all other trail running shoes are measured. But what makes the Vitesse a great trail running shoe also makes it a comfortable all-around sport shoe - lightweight, protective, supportive, and comfortable. Flexible forefoot protection to guard against the painful intrusion of sharp rocks and roots. Hydrophobic ( water-hating ) upper and nylon mesh will not stay wet and it ventilates extremely well. Reinforced toe box protects toes from accidental kicking of rocks. Utilizes Montrail s exclusive TGV Footbed System.
Recognized by outdoor enthusiasts as one of the original do-it-all shoes, the durable Vitesse gives you a practical balance of support and comfort that fits in well with running, racing, hiking, biking, and practically anything else you want to do outside. Montrail fine-tuned the details to give neutral runners exceptional control and enhanced protection on jagged trail surfaces. A reinforced toe box and TerraFlex forefoot plate optimize protection up front
- Altrec Outdoors