Men's MONTRAIL® BAJADA :: Get excellent off-road performance in a hot looking design. The Men's Montrail® Bajada brings fast-paced function together with trail-tackling durability. Get a grip with the aggressive lug outsole pattern. Highly flexible yet fully protective with an underfoot trail shield and ample cushioning for comfort. 10.2 ounces
Features & Benefits:
Full length, compression molded EVA midsole for lightweight performance and cushioning on the trail
Aggressive full-length Gryptonite (3 point lug) outsole design for unparalleled traction on challenging terrain
Forefoot flex grooves for enhanced flexibility coupled with a trail shield for underfoot protection
Articulated midfoot support frame integrated with a variable width lacing system for a customized fit
Well, this shoe is just OK. Which is not a bad thing. It has a nice wide toe box and fits nicely. Not too heavy and broke in after just one run. It has a neutral feel and doesn't pinch or rub.
So what is my beef? Well I do a lot of trail running and I've been using road shoes for years. I never wanted to have to change or adapt to a different shoe that I used for my road training runs. But as I've ramped up my off road training for GC rim to rim run I thought a trail shoe might help with my sore feet. So today was my 3rd run in the Montrail and frankly I'm unimpressed. It offers no more toe protection than my road shoes and after 18 miles today in the rocks my feet felt about the same as my road shoes did 4 weeks ago on the same run. The long flat sole of the shoe feels sluggish and less responsive than my road shoes. I was hoping to trade responsiveness for more sole protection and a bit more rubber to protect the toes. Traction might be a tad superior to my road shoe but not enough to switch.
Other notes- They are well ventilated, maybe too much for a trail shoe. The fine dust made its way into the show and between my toes. Add some sweat and you've got friction. And the laces are too short to double knot, which means you have to bend over to tie them when your heart rate is pounding in the middle of a run after they come untied. But I will say the laces are an interesting material they kinda grab each other so they untie less than normal.
Overall, I've had much worse shoes but I was expecting a bit more.
Orange County, CA
Happy Feet BAJADA helped me complete the Leadville 100 blister and pain free! As an older male ultra runner I seek comfort, responsiveness and dependability in my shoe choices. Two weeks after my initial purchase, I ordered an additional pair of bajada as I decided they would be my go to shoe for the Leadville 100. Why? Out of the box the bajada exceeded my performance expectations for responsiveness and comfort during my first 100 training miles on familiar terrain. One month later I ran the Leadville 100 alternating between tow pair of bajada. The shoe responded to all the terrain challenges of the course as I finished the race without falling, hotspots or blisters.
Powell RIver, British Columbia
Plan to buy new shoe laces
Second pair of Bajada. Each time I had to buy new laces because the ones they come with are too short. These shoes have good grip for the trails. If you are on dirt these shoes are good. For rocky surfaces unless you are a minimalist I would look to the Masochists.
Mens Montrail Bajada Trail Running Shoe
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