The new Columbia and Montrail collaboration has produced another excellent trail-running shoe, which is comfortable, grippy and protective to run in. Superb underfoot protection and a padded durable upper give the feeling that you can run over anything. The snug upper combines with a deep heel cup and quality laces to provide a very secure fit. The outsole grips well on most terrain other than deep mud, due to the close spacing of the lugs – grip in wet conditions is excellent. The only downside is the weight, which makes it one of the heaviest on test. It comes up large so you may need to downsize. 8mm drop.
VERDICT: Incredibly protective, very durable and great to run in – but heavy.