I’ve been a fan of Montrail for a number of years. I’ve been a little let down to not see a minimalist shoe in their line up yet. The Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe is a step closer to a true minimalist shoe.
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe Features
- External TPU shank and Trail Shield plate for flexible underfoot protection
- Gryptonite sticky rubber outsole for optimal traction on a variety of trail surfaces
- Micro three-point lug design for extreme lightweight multidirectional traction
- Compression-molded EVA midsole for shock-absorbing cushion
- Low profile midsole for flexibility and a fast responsive feel on the trail
- Horizontal and vertical flex grooves provide forefoot flexibility
- Breathable mesh upper with synthetic support
- Perforated outsole reduces weight
- Ride height: 20 mm heel, 10 mm forefoot
- Fit notes: Secure fit
- Weight: 8.8 oz
- Price: $110
Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe Review
The Montrail Rogue Racer Trail Running Shoe is an all around good shoe. While it’s not truly a “minimalist” shoe, Montrail did cut down on the padding, giving a better feel underfoot. The padding is still enough to absorb most of the irregularities in the trail. You might start to feel it on the rockiest of trails but for the most part you should be good to go.
The mesh upper lends itself to helping your feet stay cool on hot days. I didn’t notice excessive stretching or movement that you usually get with a lot of mesh shoes.
Fit was true to size and secure. I was able to cinch the shoes down enough to keep my foot stable, even on variable trails.
Tread is aggressive enough to give good traction on dirt, rocks, and mud.
If you run a mix of trails and road the Rogue Racer would be a good shoe. I’ve spent time on both trails and roads in these shoes and they cross over nicely. Additionally, the lower padding and flexibility of the shoe allow for a forefoot strike that isn’t awkward.
Great all around, low padding shoe.