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Montrail FluidFeel, $110
Category: Versatile Cruiser
Weight: 10.4 oz (men’s); 8.7 oz (women’s)
Fit: The FluidFeel has a secure heel pocket and snug midfoot with average roominess in the toe box
Feel: Testers were unanimous in saying these felt great out of the box, and gave good cushion and support without being bulky. They especially appreciated the wide, soft forefoot-landing platform (with a 9mm heel-toe drop).
Ride: These are good shoes to grab for clicking off long miles on the trail. Proprioception is sacrificed somewhat with the additional supportive features, but the FluidFeel moves smoothly over uneven terrain and generally feel good, with no hot spots or constriction, for the length of a run. Traction was smooth enough for road-to-trail transitions and grippy enough for snow and mud. Said one tester: “I like this shoe for longer training runs when I need something sturdy and reliable that I know I won’t twist my ankle in every time I take a step.”