The Columbia Montrail FKT is made for casual trail runners with wider feet

Kerry McCarthy
·2-min read

From Runner's World

  • Weight: 305g (M) 248g (W)

  • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8mm

  • Type: Trail

  • Price: £77

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An adaptive and plush feeling trail shoe for gentle offroad adventures

  • a good combo of soft feel and tough underfoot protection

  • full length rock plate for protection against sharp debris

  • external plastic (TPU) heel counter give heavy duty heel grip

  • mesh needs to provide better protection

General Comments

The FKT is not earth shattering, and it might not have any game-changing new technologies, but it’s quietly impressive. After some initial tightness on the first couple of runs the upper adapted to give a soft, snug caress around the foot and kept expanding slightly as your foot did, meaning you don’t get any pinching on longer runs.

Wider fit

Often trail shoes come in a snug, narrow fit, the rational being the less shoe there is, the less chance there is of you catching it on something in the undergrowth. But the FKT proved extremely popular with runners who had more generous plates of meat. The last (outline) is standard, but the mesh upper was more than stretchy enough to accommodate runners who need more room.

Bit of a mesh

On the downside, the elasticity of the mesh meant it wasn’t the most protective. It had a tendency to soak through far too easily if you ploughed through puddles and we found that sticks sometimes had a yelp-inducing habit of poking through the holes when thrashing through dense woodland patches.

Great grip

This was a shame since the grip of the 4mm deep outsole lugs was excellent; we could plough through pretty much anything on the trail without worrying about slipping, and the responsiveness was excellent with the shoe certainly proving nimble enough to pick your way through overgrown single tracks. The design of the lugs isn’t overly aggressive, and running door to trail on some fairly lengthy stretches of tarmac was actually a breeze.

Conclusion

Excellent value and a good, basic offroad shoe for occasional trail runners looking to go door to trail.

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