Customer Review: The Montrail Bajada II (UK Exclusive UTMB Edition from Accelerate).
Left: Craig (on the right) with his Bajada II on, ready for 30miles of fun in the sun.
I have run two Ultra-Marathons in them, testing them at speed over technical trails, soft ground and road. Also testing them without much speed on a variety of climbs including Kinder Scout, Lose Hill and Win hill (all within the Peak National Park, just outside the Sheffield City Centre).
They have provided me with the Cushioning needed to run back-to-back Ultras and the responsiveness to travel fast over rocks and technical ground. The toe box is a good size and after a 140mile 2 week period, I did not get any sore/lost toenails, blisters or pressure points - quite a rarity for me.
They are well vented and allowed my feet to keep cool on really hot days.
The only downside I have found so far - is in wet conditions, the shoe does take in water easily resulting in soggy feet on moderately wet days/wet ground. A downside of the venting I guess. Also, the sole - which is quite grippy on dry rock, has given me a few ice-skating moments when descending down or jumping over wet rocks.
I would say the Montrail (Bajada II) is a shoe which stands up well to varied terrain. It’s not the best fell shoe by a long way, or long distance road shoe, or even a fast trail shoe - but if my training/racing is going to take in mixed terrain I would say this is now my go to shoe.
Below: Smiling all the way - on the brutal Parkin Clough (Win Hill, Derbyshire).
Craig Muress 2015.
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Friday 4th of September 2015