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2013 Summer Trail Running Shoe Review

  • By Allison Pattillo
  • Published Jun. 3, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM UTC

Mammut MTR 201 Dyneema, $159

Category: Rugged Mountain Runner

Weight: 10.5 oz (men’s); 7.9 oz (women’s)

Height off the ground: 17.0mm (heel); 8.0mm (forefoot)

**Best New Model — Competitor’s Spring 2013 Wear-Test**

FIT: This new model serves up a medium fit through the midfoot and has comfortable (but not roomy) volume in the toe box, while the pull-tight lacing system allows for a cinched-down fit.

FEEL: If you like a bit of comfort out on the trails — namely a little bit of cushion, a mid-range heel-toe slope and a soft, foam heel bumper — look no further. The virtually indestructible Dyneema upper (same fabric Mammut uses for climbing harnesses and slings) breathes well and doesn’t overheat on hot desert runs.

RIDE: With an aggressive, grippy tread — even when wet — and stout toe bumper, these hardrock avengers give a burly mountain experience in a responsive ride. The unique flared-heel tread design enhances ground contact and confidence without getting in the way of an agile runner’s normal gait. A few testers said they would have liked a bit more stiffness and underfoot rock protection in order to consider this the ultimate mountain running shoe and rock hopper, but most testers still gave the Dyneema high overall marks.

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