Montrail Bajada – a review by someone who runs in them.

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see that box right there?  yeah,  i know you do.  and see those sweet puppies laying on top of it?  yep, you do.  those pieces of awesomeness are the Montrail Bajada (http://www.montrail.com/Men%27s-Bajada%E2%84%A2/GM2138,default,pd.html) trail running shoe.  that is the shoe that i have worn for the past year-plus of running and racing and a top-notch shoe in my book.  while this is the fourth Montrail model that i have worn since i started running on the trails, the Bajada is the only one that i have bought a second (soon to be third) pair of since i like the shoe that much.

let me tell you why:

first off, Montrail is a shoe company that has not only been around quite a few years, but they make a quality product that most anyone can afford.  since they do not mess around with clothing or packs, they can concentrate on shoes.  just shoes.  and they do not have a line with dozens of different models; they make a handful of shoes worthy of the Montrail logo.

while they do have a few ‘minimal’ models, Montrail is not really trying to jump on the less-is-more bandwagon.  while i personally like less shoe, they are not for everybody.  it took me a few years of racing on all types of terrain to learn what i like and do not like.  there are of course lighter and faster shoes out there, but the Bajada combines all of the details that i like in a trail-running shoe:

– a relatively even shoe with a 10 mm offset
– good for all distances from an easy trail 5k to a hard 100M
– great on the roads as a door-to-trail shoe or as a road shoe in a pinch
– a super-grippy rubber (Gryptonite) compound with mid-height lugs that are evenly spaced over the surface of the sole
– a bit wider than normal outsole for stability
– a fairly light weight at 10.3 ounces
– pretty colours!
– a flexible midsole with more than decent articulation and enough cushion to handle the rockiest of trails (having put in a few hundred miles in the Texas Hill Country, i know about rock running)
– fast for how ‘clunky’ they look compared to some of the super-minimal models
– a comfortable fit especially with regards to a narrow foot; no heel-slippage issues nor toe-scrunching
– an upper with just enough padding to keep your foot happy but not so much that your foot gets hot and sweaty
– plenty of mesh to keep your foot cool and (relatively) dry
– a lacing system (plain ol’ shoelaces – which i like) that keeps your foot in place

if i have any complaints at all about the Bajada, it is that the welds keeping all of the mesh together on the sides do split after about 5-7 months of serious running.  while this is normal wear-and-tear as far as i am concerned, the issue has been addressed by Montrail.  i am ok with the tears as i have 6-800 miles on each pair and they are still wearable.

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would i buy another pair?  HECK YES, I WOULD.  am i excited about the new Montrail FluidFlex?  yes, i am.  and i will likely get a pair of those, too.

but hey.  i am just one guy who likes his shoes.  a lot.

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proof that they are a pretty fast shoe!

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i am awesome. just another bearded vegan ultra-endurance athlete.

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