20140414

Montrail - FluidFlex

Montrail - FluidFlex by mikey and wendy
Montrail - FluidFlex, a photo by mikey and wendy on Flickr.

I am breaking in my next pair of running shoes. My Brooks Cascadia 7's are just about out of tread. They were a great shoe, but a little stiff in areas. These Montrail Fluidflex have the idea weight and cushion I'm looking for. I'm not thrilled about them being dark in color which can lead to hot feet in the summer. The Fluidflex have a super light mesh that breaths well and makes me think that heat might not be a issue. The only downside I've noticed with the Montrails are that they grab high on my ankle. I'm hoping that part softens up with use.

6 comments:

Angela said...

After an exhausting search, I'm in Cascadias too for trail running. Not sure I love them. I agree that they're stiff in areas and I prefer a smaller heel drop. At a race 2 weekends ago I took some Solomans out for a test run and loved them! Wishing I had tried them on in my initial search. I'm not logging nearly as many miles as you so it'll be a while until I get new trail shoes.

Mikey Sklar said...

Hi Angela,

Good to hear from you. I've been enjoying the search for a favorite trail shoe. Have you had other models you like?

Which Brooks Cascadias are you running in? Which Salomon model did you test drive for your race?

My Cascadias did the job, but the lack of cushion and stiffness in the toe area plus the weight were less than ideal. I have the Cascadia 7's and this was the first shoe that I gave me some blisters. I hear the Cascadia 8's worked out the stiffness issues.

Wendy is really into her Brooks Pure Grit and if the my Montrails don't work out I might try the Pure Grit 2's this summer.

Angela said...

Hey Mikey- The Salomans were the SensePro from the CityTrail series. Loved them!

I also tried the Merrell All Out Rush (not sure if they make a mens version). They fit great in the store and jogging around but gave me the start of a blister on my first run. Granted it was a 9 miler in new shoes but I haven't had that problem in many many years. So back they went! I almost bought Patagonia's new trail shoe, the Tsali. Loved it but went with the Cascadia 9s because they had a little more cushion. Which is funny because after running in them, I don't feel like they have all that much cushion. And I'm not a big fan of the 12mm heel drop.

The Pure Grit shoes were what I went in thinking I was going to buy but something in the forefoot bothered me. I might try the next version. Or a previous one if I can find them on clearance. That reminds me, I heard the Brooks Outlet in Sumner (?) has fabulous deals, like trail shoes for $30. I plan on making a trip down there.

I took a nose dive last night on a trail (it wasn't dark, just caught my toe on a rock or root) and banged up my knee pretty good. Lots of ice and heat today. Do you crash very often?

Mikey Sklar said...

I'm with you on the 12mm heel. My Montrails have a 10mm and I have evening been eyeing some Altras to try a zero drop. Do you use any zero drop or minimal footwear? I tend to get injured with the minimal stuff.

Is the Brook's Outlet Store in Bothell? Looks like they just had a Spring sale April 4th-6th.
http://brookssports.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4/~/brooks-outlet-store

Hopefully we will be in town to catch their Summer sale.

I have not had a real crash yet. I have tripped and cut up my hands. I have also run into thorny trees. I struggle with minor injuries. In the last year I've hurt my foot, calve and knees that have required me to stop running for 2-3 weeks at a time. It is really hard to take time off for recovery. Do you cross-train much?

Mikey Sklar said...

I'm with you on the 12mm heel. My Montrails have a 10mm and I have evening been eyeing some Altras to try a zero drop. Do you use any zero drop or minimal footwear? I tend to get injured with the minimal stuff.

Is the Brook's Outlet Store in Bothell? Looks like they just had a Spring sale April 4th-6th.
http://brookssports.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4/~/brooks-outlet-store

Hopefully we will be in town to catch their Summer sale.

I have not had a real crash yet. I have tripped and cut up my hands. I have also run into thorny trees. I struggle with minor injuries. In the last year I've hurt my foot, calve and knees that have required me to stop running for 2-3 weeks at a time. It is really hard to take time off for recovery. Do you cross-train much?

Angela said...

Sorry so long for a reply! I do cross train which I think has helped me stay pretty healthy, running-wise. Two to three times a week I do a high-intensity weight training class kinda like cross fit but safer and with more functional movement and variation. I really think being overall stronger has helped with running. Sometimes I get little flare-ups of shin splints but I think that's more related to a shin injury (ran into a wood box) than over use.

I do use minimal shoes (New Balance Minimus) for working out. I bought them on super clearance thinking I'd try them out for trail running but there is NO padding and I really prefer at least some cushion. I really like them for working out, though, and will get another pair when these wear out.

I'm totally impressed with the dedication you and Wendy have shown to trail running. It's awesome!