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I think Montrail makes very high quality shoes. I have always had trouble with getting blisters in new shoes to the point where I just assumed this was part of the break-in process. I have not had any issues like that with this shoe or my other Montrails. As far as this shoe in particular goes I think it is a very unique style. There seem to be a lot of different definitions when it comes to minimalist shoes. I think where this one excels is that while you are getting a light and breathable shoe you don't have to worry about bruising your foot by stepping on something sharp like some other minimalist shoes or going through that break in period where your feet have to get stronger. I was skeptical at first that this would perform like a minimalist shoe but when you compare it to a traditional trail shoe there is a big difference. The blue padding on the bottom is incredibly flexible not rigid at all like it may appear. It's a great shoe, it's definitely worth trying if you are thinking you might want to give the minimalist running shoes a try but maybe are not ready to commit to a shoe with no support.
I am currently living in the city so whether I like it or not a good amount of my runs are on the pavement. But on the weekends I get out and do some longer trail runs. So far this shoe has not let me down on either type of surface. I feel stable and comfortable either way. I noticed that Montrail has a really unique heal pocket as well. I have some gnarly heel spurs where I always get blisters, but this has not been an issue with the Fluidfeel.
Great pack! I love the magnetic clip for the mouthpiece, very convenient. The mesh backing keeps me cool even in the desert. I think my favorite part is how easy it is to fill the bladder up. Osprey has a handle that runs the length of the bladder which allows you to fill the bladder all the way up. My water doesn't have that funky taste that my camelbak did either.
Not a ton of extra room but enough room to get the necessities in there, maybe even a jacket if it's small and packable. I am realizing that having a slightly larger pack would probably be nice but this will do for most rides this summer. I'd say if you plan on carrying layers maybe go for a viper with more storage space.