Intro: For the past 3 years I have rocked out on the trails with Columbia multisport shoes. The biggest reason is fit. I always have an issue with fit but […]

Intro: For the past 3 years I have rocked out on the trails with Columbia multisport shoes. The biggest reason is fit. I always have an issue with fit but finally found a company that works. (Columbia).  This spring, I want to get serious about my running again and that meant going back to a full time running shoe – Enter the Montrail Caldorado

 

From the website:  

A trail running shoe that offers rigidity, support, and traction for all-day, everyday performance. A seamless mesh reinforced upper provides an ideal fit while FluidGuide underfoot technology delivers a smooth ride on uneven trail surfaces. TrailShield outsole with forefoot flex grooves protects the foot on rugged, rocky terrain.

The highlights:  

Comfort –  This shoe has a bit more cushion than I have run in during the past. With that said there isn't a loss of ground feel that some cushioned shoes come with. Montrail has done a solid job of designing a shoe that will be able to handle any terrain and maintain comfort at the same time.

Grip – The northeast trails and mountains are different than most places. They are wet, dirty, slippery, and rocky. Grip out here is different than grip other places. I have a hard time finding a shoe that handles all of this well. This shoe is great so far.

Drainage  – Notice the wet I Listed above? I need a shoe that can splash through a creek crossing and then drain out. This weekend I ran through some spring mud and spring waterfalls to test this out during a 7 miler.

 

Room for improvement:

The laces –  Seems like a simple thing to get right – The laces on this shoe are simply too short. I like to double knot my laces -These are too short for that! Great shoe, bad laces. Oof.

Flexibility – It took time for the shoe to break in. This meant for the first 50 or so miles it was a bit tight/stiff/almost annoying. Now the ride is smooth and free. I wish that would have happened sooner (aka out of the box)

Overall:  So far this shoe has been a great choice for me. It is a versatile shoe that performs well on hard pack as well as mountains and even some slick gooey mud. I am looking forward to checking the durability on the shoe and putting in some big mile runs later this month!

Check them out here on the Montrail Site