I've used these for about three months now and have…
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace/Patagonia Giveaway)
I've used these for about three months now and have some mixed feelings. They are extremely light and comfortable and I wear them fairly often. But, for some reason my knees seem to hurt after I wear them too long during the day.
The design seems to offer a pronation where the inside of the shoe forces the ankle outwards just a bit. I don't think this is really a fault, but my knees slightly go in and I think the shoes are putting a bit of stress on them.
The one thing I'll call a con is the tread is not very aggressive and the shoes seem to slip more than I like, especially for being a "trail" running shoe.
- Breathe well
- Good padding
- Electric orange color is kind of cool (Go Broncos!)
- Tread could be a bit more aggressive for trails
- Pronation causes my knees to hurt
These are one of the pairs of shoes I won here on Trailspace several months back. The other is the Patagonia Activist which I review here. I wanted to wear them for a while before reviewing them and I now have some opinions.
First, these are actually some really comfortable shoes on the feet. They are very lightweight and breathable. When I first received them, I thought the electric orange was going to be a bit too much for me, but now I think the color is kind of cool.
I'm not really much of a runner but I have worn them on the trails a few times and have a like/dislike for them. For the reasons above, I really like them. You hardly know you have shoes on. But, the tread design isn't too aggressive and they tend to slip on the scree trails we have here in Colorado.
As I noted in the Summary, I have slight knock knees. These shoes appear to have the inside portion of the shoe slightly raised (pronated) which forces some pressure on my knees that they are not accustomed to. The three yellow patches on the inside heel area of the shoe feels like a harder compound than the black patches, which likely sets up the pronation. I don't really fault the shoe design because this is probably OK for most people, but if I wear these for more than a few hours of walking, my knees hurt.
All in all, these are decent shoes. If I were a runner, especially a trail runner I'd rather they have more aggressive tread to ideally limit some of the slipping.