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Montrail Mountain Masochist Review

Montrail Mountain Masochist
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Price:  $100 List
Pros:  Protection and traction in a relatively lightweight shoe.
Cons:  Doesn’t flex as well as others.
Manufacturer:   Montrail
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Feb 26, 2013
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The Skinny

As of July 2015, the Mountain Masochist is Discontinued
Montrail 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.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Traction


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.

Cushioning


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.

Protection


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

Stability


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

Weight


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

Flexibility


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