- Weight 319g (M) 262g (W)
- Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8mm
- Type: Trail
- Price: £125
A splendid trail all-rounder with a lovely mix of bouncy cushioning and nimbleness.
- Outsole lugs are 6mm deep and very grippy
- Engineered upper and lace cage gives excellent fit
- Mesh needs to be more water resistant
You’ll find this shoe on the feet of many a runner at the UTMB. Given this is one of the world’s toughest races involving traversing 166km of Mont Blanc through three countries in one hit, you’d think it would more than stand up to the rigours of the RW test team…and it did.
Grippy and nimble
The 6mm outsole lugs performed well across every type of surface except one: a field full of cow poo (Friesians since you ask). Sometimes shoes which are well equipped to copy with mud and sludge are not as good on drier surfaces but while the grip was excellent, so was the responsiveness and soft feel when picking your way across dry, technical single track. We had one runner complain that they had trouble with some slippage of the shoe on steep technical descents, but strong reports everywhere else.
Several of our testers applauded the fact that you don’t have to lace them up tight to get a decent fit that doesn’t work its way loose. Said Nicola Waterworth: ‘I can be fussy about pressure on the top of the foot - and it remained firm, but light in feel and I didn't experience any heel lift.’
Wet but not wild
If you don’t like even temporarily wet feet these won’t suit you because the wonderfully breathable knitted upper does let water in - but they’re designed to drain again very quickly and not hold onto moisture. The RW team actually think that fast-draining shoes are a better solution than heavy weatherproof ones. Your feet will get wet at some point on a mucky trail – it’s how long they stay wet for that’s important, so we’re not marking the TA FKT III down for this. We do, though, think the weight is a tad on the high side in this day and age.
A highly accomplished offroad shoe offered at an incredible price. Beginners and experienced trail goats alike will find something to love here.
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