As of July 2015, the Mountain Masochist is DiscontinuedMontrail has replaced the Mountain Masochist with the Mountain Masochist II which shares the many of the original Masochists qualities. We haven't done a full hands on review of the updated Masochist II but we think the below review of the original Masochist still applies.
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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.