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Montrail Mountain Masochist Review

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Montrail Mountain Masochist Review (Montrail Mountain Masochist)
Montrail Mountain Masochist
Credit: Montrail
Price:  $100 List
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Manufacturer:   Montrail
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Feb 26, 2013

Our Verdict

This shoe strikes an interesting balance of having sturdy protection underfoot—thanks to a hard plastic rock plate sandwiched between the outsole and the midsole, and remaining relatively lightweight. The rock plate stops jabs from poking through the outsole, but hinders the flexibility of this shoe a bit. We didn't mind that, however, as the lightweight shoe flexes enough to climb steep trails and run comfortably on flats. It's a supportive shoe, with nice cushioning around the heel collar, and traction from multi-directional lugs on the outsole made us feel sure-footed on all sorts of terrain. And since the Mountain Masochist is still lightweight and well-cushioned, it's an extremely versatile shoe.
Protection and traction in a relatively lightweight shoe
Doesn’t flex as well as others
As of July 2015, the Mountain Masochist is Discontinued

Our Analysis and Test Results


Multi-directional lugs grip the trail whether you're running uphill, downhill, on slick or dry surfaces. The lugs achieve traction without being too bulky and protruding hugely, which is a bonus when you're running on smooth trail and even road.


For how nimble this shoe feels, it has a surprising amount of cushioning. The midsole softens the blow of pounding out mile after mile, but doesn't feel too squishy for a responsive ride.


A hearty toe cap protects from kicking a rock or stump, and a flexible rock plate underfoot stops jabs from poking through the outsole.


Rather unique to a trail running shoe, the Mountain Masochist has a medial post in the midsole which helps stave off pronation.


This shoe achieves a lot in a relatively lightweight package. We'd even wear it in a shorter trail race.


The Mountain Masochist flexes well at the forefoot for a smooth gait overall. It's a tad stiff torsionally, but we think that helps with stability.

Chris McNamara