Ok, back to the reviews. At this rate it will take a long time to review all my kit….!
The Montrail CTC trail shoes have been my faithful companions for the past 3 years. Ok so I am on my second pair but to be fair I wore the 1st pair constantly during the first 2 years ie I wore them like they were trainers and never really wore anything else on or off the hills! So what do I like so much about them?
Firstly, the fit.
Fit that is.
I have never, ever, ever owned such a comfortable pair of trail (or any type of) shoes ever. Really. You sometimes dream of finding a shoe or boot that fits and is comfy right from the 1st wearing. This is how I found the CTCs. I wore them for the first time on the day of a trip and they were perfect from the off. This super fit didnt change with time either. I dont know if its because they are light and flexible or whether its because of the lacing arrangement or the materials used but they were and are superbly comfy to wear. Everyone’s feet are different so I am not for one moment suggesting they are comfy for all people. Just me. So are we clear on this point? Comfy. Moving on…….
The other thing I love about these shoes is the weight. At 785g for the pair (measured on home scales) they arent the lightest shoes around but combined with their durability make them a winner in my mind. They have a very decent mesh upper that allows moisture to pass out easily and air in so are really great in the summer. Another benefit is that if they do get wet they dont take forever to dry or at least partially dry out during the day. The lightness of the uppers is counterbalanced by the sole and sturdy rand on the bottom half of the shoes. Its almost like a tale of two different shoes welded together in the middle. The end product is something that is light, responsive and yet very durable.
So how do find them out on the hills? Very nice indeed. I have worn them on grass, rock, scree, snow and mud and they perform well wherever. The only slight criticism I would have for them here is that they could do with a bit more grip on wet rock. Having said that, a lot of boots and shoes can sometimes come a cropper on wet rock. Its a minor grumble but one in fairness I must point out. When wet, they are still comfy to wear and do actually dry out reasonably well. If wet shoes isnt a nice thought, there is always the waterproof sock avenue. Having said that I have also got a pair of waterproof Montrail CTCs as well as the regular ones. I have worn these in persistent snow very successfully although the fit is not quite as good possibly because of the waterproof Goretex liner making them slightly less flexible.
So, all in all a fantastic shoe for a wide variety of conditions (yes even five-a-side football…!) and one I know I will buy another pair of once my present set expires
good grip in a variety of conditions
dries relatively quickly
tough and well put together lasting a long time
Ok but not brilliant on wet rock