Montrail Mountain Masochist Mid GTX Boot

THE SELL: Top-performing trail runner plus ankle support. THE TEST: The low-cut version of the Masochist was our trail-running Gear of the Year winner in 2009. Meet its bigger brother. Montrail kept the skimpy weight, meshy (i.e., very breathable) upper, and super-snug lacing system but boosted the ankle height and armored it all with a slop-sealing Gore-Tex liner. The neoprene collar helped keep a 25-pound load well balanced, while the strategically placed heel pads blocked blisters without adding ounces. THE VERDICT: Comfort? Take it for granted. And though it's not a big-daddy leather boot, the Masochist is unexpectedly supportive and protective. 13.6 oz.
Support: 4
Comfort: 4.5

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