Merrell Stormfront Gore-Tex XCR – Trail-Running Shoes: Reviews
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Why They’re CoolThe Stormfronts reverse the paradigm of waterproof footwear construction. By using Gore-Tex XCR fabric on the exterior of the shoe, rather than tucking it in the lining, they move the first line of moisture defense out where the rubber meets the road—or where the nubuck meets the thaw-muck. In practice, I ran through three inches of sticky snow, turning the Stormfronts into galoshes, and over the course of three miles felt neither wetness nor podiatric suffocation. » The outsole lugs grab forward and backward, so I climbed steep embankments with minimal loss of ground. » The EVA midsole is highly cushioning and protective.
Hmmm . . .Bashful? Make sure you order the “sage” version.