On trail runs, the comfort and support level of the Firetrail Winter worked great.
This shoe uses a Hydrophobic mesh that acts to repel external water and moisture of the type you’ll encounter on any trail run. Our experience with the water resistant capacity of these shoes was good. Dew soaked spring grass along the trails and occasional stream hopping where no problems.
A complete shock absorbing system called XTR offers the midsole comfort and support that works great with the outsole and uppers to provide a good, snug, comfortable fit that works great for long hikes and runs. Swift pace trail hikes, flat-out runs, and day-to-day scoots around town are all strengths we found in the Ahnu Firetrail Winter shoes. Men’s sizes run 7-14. Our test pair was in Mood Indigo.
Shoe weight was not a factor for us. We enjoyed the stability and comfort more than a few additional ounces of weight savings might
offer. Little break-in time was required for the Firetrail. Ahnu does a good job of constructing a good fitting shoe right out of the box. In our experience on many hikes and day-trips with Firetrail Winter was a hot-spot and blister free one.
On trail runs, the comfort and support level of the Firetrail Winter worked well for the tester. They lace up secure and are good for training runs, fast hikes, and daily wear. Our experience with the Firetrail Winter has certainly crossed over into spring and early summer. Firetrail Winter trail shoes have proven very comfortable and wearer-friendly on weekly hikes and trail romps. Firetrail provide as sturdy a platform for long, low-gear-weight hikes as we could ask for.
As with most trail-specific shoe designs we’ve encountered, we found the Firetrail Winter to be less adept on pavement, but that’s an individual choice.
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By Rick Shandley