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The Montrail Women's Susitna XCR is the shoe of choice for all-season female runners who need breathability for autumn's dusty trails and superior protection from spring's excess water weight. Rather than placing a waterproof bootie inside the shoe to keep the foot dry, Montrail wrapped the Susitna in a Gore-Tex XCR shell to repel water from the outside. No matter how much time you spend in the wettest of conditions, DryShell keeps shoes from gaining water weight and provides one of the highest levels of breathability ever achieved in waterproof footwear. For added protection, Montrail includes a removable custom gaiter that seals out water from the leg down, and easily snaps onto the heel strap. The internal lacing of this design also allows the user a more comfortable, conforming fit, and a durable, high-traction outsole smoothes the ride for more efficient running over changing surfaces.
- Backcountry Outlet
Perfect for running in downpours or taking to the trails on the wettest spring days, the Montrail Susitna XCR is one of the most breathable waterproof running shoes available today. Emphasis on breathability in the Dry Shell and triple-ply Gore-Tex XCR fabric construction helps optimize vapor transfer on long runs, even when you're confronted with sheeting rain and blocked street drains. A custom waterproof gaiter comes as standard equipment and quickly snaps onto the heel strap for fuss-free attachment. This might be a technical running shoe, but don't be surprised if you find yourself wearing the Susitna every rainy day.
- Altrec Outdoors
Montrail's Susitna XCR is an all-season trail runner with superb breathability for autumn's dusty trails and superior protection from spring's excess water weight. The Susitna's innovative DryShell technology creates a waterproof barrier on the outside of the shoe, while its snug-sealing gaiter denies water entrance from the ankle, keeping both foot and shoe dry.
We created the Susitna XCR for three reasons: it is more breathable, it is the first completely dry shoe, and it is better fitting. The secret is in the unique EXO construction invented by Montrail and WL.Gore, which brings the waterproof/breathable layer to the outside of the shoe instead of residing as the liner. A completely dry shoe has many advantages, including no weight gain during wet outings, better temperature regulation (warmer in cold weather, cooler in hot weather), instant drying and easy cleaning. It all adds up to better comfort.We took the dry shoe concept one step further and designed a custom gaiter (included) that attaches to the shoe. The stretch gaiter creates a tight seal around the shoe and ankle to effectively lock out rain, mud, and snow
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