Rating: 5 / 5
This is a provisional review as I've used this shoe on a few dayhikes, some scrambling on local crags and an overnight.
I like them a lot---good support, excellent breathability, great sole and in many respects they feel like Hardrocks with a higher cut---but with better rubber. They are not so approach shoe oriented as the Montrail CTC, lacking it's Gryptonite rand and beefier sidewalls but it makes up for this by being a more ventilated shoe. The mesh uppers seem to dry out pretty quickly, an attribute I value. The higher mid ankle cut offers some degree of support that will be appreciated both in rugged terrain and on long thru-packs. The stretchy collar helps to keep debris from getting into the shoe. Some people may not like it's relative tightness but it's a matter of personal taste, I think.
Not an extremely wide toebox, in the seemingly new Montrail way, but well protected. Heel counter and box lovely for my narrow heels. Materials seem well choosen for both lowish weight and good durability.
I will be using them a lot on my longer distance UL fastpacks and I expect them to do very well for my brand of often off trail, light mtneering oriented kind of trips. I will follow up on this review later in the year---but I think that the Outdoor equipment media has for once, gotten it right with their laudatory reviews.
18.6 oz. a shoe (men's size 12)
Update--6/23/07. Gawd, I love these shoes. I just got back from a fast 21 mi. fasthike of a portion of the PCT in my backyard, fieldtesting some new gear. They are so comfortable--no hotspots and my ankles felt so securely cradled (for a mid-top shoe of such lightness). They definately get to go on my off trail mega-trips this year. I feel like getting another pair (or 2?) to safeguard against unavailibility or from being discontinued...