2012 Trail Running Shoe Review

Photo: Scott Draper/Competitor

Montrail Bajada, $110


Weight — M: 10.3 oz.; W: 8.5 oz.

FIT: The Bajada features a snug fit from front to back, particularly in the toebox, which doesn’t leave much wiggle room for your piggies.

FEEL: This shoe has somewhat of a split personality, as it feels both supportive and burly yet moderately soft. It has a thin flexible protection plate built into the midsole, allowing it to maintain the agility of a cushioned road trainer while also offering the toughness of a long-distance mountain runner.

RIDE: Despite having a fairly steep heel-toe differential (10mm) and an aggressively lugged outsole, its soft chassis and easy-flexing demeanor allow it to hold its own on mountain trails strewn with rocks and debris, as well as fire roads and smooth dirt paths.


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