>I don't believe these are touted as running shoes, but rather hiking shoes.
>However, I'll bite...
>What are your 3 preferred UL trail running shoes?
I've not worn the MR740TR, but the review suggests they're well-suited to the distance runner. And, being one who is interested in fastpacking, I'm interested in what works for trail running with light packs. If a shoe can withstand that test, for me they can withstand a hiking pace.
As an "experiment of one," my favorite shoes right now——focusing on the trails I'm training on——are the MT101s of New Balance, which provide enough protection [for me] against rocks, yet are quite light (7.2 oz at size 9). I've turned away from all the extra support/protection/motion-control found in most running shoes these days.
I'll admit—-though I'd not assume as much—-that it might be a different thing if I were carrying 40 pounds for 3 weeks...then I might welcome a little extra support.
As for another two preferred shoes, I like Inov8s (Flyrocs and a couple of other styles), but my focus for the past year or two has been to work towards a more minimal shoe. I have some other zero-drop shoes, Merril Trail Glove, but have not really worked my way into using them.