The name suggests this trail-running shoe should be ideal for the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (KIMM). The eVent waterproof lining means your feet will sty dry when running in the wet, but also cool, as eVent is among the most breathable waterproof linings available. The toe box is reinforced and the whole of the upper is exceptionally protective of the foot, making this ideal for scree and more rugged terrain. The heel is quite high-cut and supportive. Underfoot you get a very stiff sole unit that is ideal for mountain biking and walking on rough terrain, while some cushioning takes the strain out of pounding over hard tracks all day. This is a very durable design that would be ideal for mountain biking, walking and perhaps moving fast on the rough terrain on the fells. It would also be ideal for walkers wanting to travel fast and light, without having to commit to the drawbacks of dedicated running shoes in terms of support and protection for the foot. But at 900g (pair, size 11) this is a very heavy shoe compared to more dedicated running shoes. The sole is not as well-cushioned or as flexible as running shoes either, making this feel ‘clumpy’ by comparison. The outsole lug pattern is not ideal, particularly as there is no heel breast of note.
Upper Performance mesh & eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Planet
Weight 948g (pair, size 11)
Made in Vietnam and China
Stores in the UK 200Verdict
Buy it if you want a multi-activity shoe that is ideal for biking and hiking and perhaps the KIMM events if you don’t want to move too fast, but others are far better for moving fast in the mountains.
Review by Graham Thompson