Check out the La Sportiva Akasha. It’s similar to the mountain masochist in a lot of ways.
After 6 years I am sadly having to move away from my go-to trail running shoe, the Montrail Masochist. Since they were acquired by Columbia a few years ago, this model has gone downhill to the point I have to find an alternative.
What I liked about the shoe included the following:
– The fit (the new model has changed the sizing where a 10.5 fits more like an 11 in length but not width
– The durability.
– the mild “stability” of the included medial post. Gives a touch of structure/support on ultra long runs (I ran 50ks, 40 milers, and a 47 mile double crossing of the grand canyon in the Masochist I)
– The relatively low stack keeps the ankles from wanting to roll on technical/rooty/rocky terrain.
– While not overly “cushioned” they are plenty supportive for long runs.
– 8mm stack height meant it wasn’t low drop or high drop either.
– All of the above combined to make me feel like I had “tanks” on my feet and they could handle anything the trails threw at me.
I just went through a round of “goldilocks” training with some of the newest version of the Montrail and unfortunately the 10.5 was just too large and the size 10.0 was too small. Plus I hate the new speed lacing system, they even made the eyelets too small to use traditional laces as a replacement.
I’ve been trying out a number of other brands (New Balance Hierro, Topo Athletic Mountain Racer, Skechers Ultra, Brooks Puregrit) and nothing is hitting that sweet spot.
Can anyone recommend any models to try out?
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