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Historic Range: $79.95
Reviewers Paid: $25.00
A great trail runner. The wraptor system creates the most stable platform of any trail runner I've owned. The style gets lots of attention as well. traction on rocks is superb and without pain if you hit a sharp edge on one. eVent fabric is very waterproof, and yet my feet stay dry. Gaiter is a good idea and increases protection if the snow or trail is slushy. Plenty of room in the toebox for spread during hairy descents. These would receive 5 stars if...
The gaiter's cuff had a smaller circumference on the cut or a small drawcord to cinch it in. My ankles are skinny, so there's always a gap. The elastic on the cuff is never utilized. Also the Wraptor system's straps need the velcro to extend further down the strap. My straps are tightened as far as the straps will go and there's no fastening of the ends of the strap. It hangs loose and tends to catch small debri. A minor quibble.
Running tights tucked into the gaiters would probably fill them out in my case. Overall a superb all-conditions trail runner.
I really put these through their paces on a snow hike covering 9 miles-3000 ft climb / day to a hike-in campsite. My backpacking boots were broken so these were the subs. Wearing gaiters I had no wetness in the shoes despite post-holing through up to 18" of wet snow. I was carrying 50+ pounds and despite these shoes intended purpose (nothing like what I was using them for) they provided good support. My feet weren't angry with me despite the abuse. Very impressive.
Materials: softshell type
Use: all-conditions trail running
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $25
Shoe was a very good shoe, except the outsole tend to turn to hard "plastic" while running in winter conditions, and the tread did not seem to last very long. A outer compound rubber content material needs to be refined.
Use: Trekking/Running for marathon Des sables 2008 preparation
Price Paid: Donated by TEVA