Columbia Mon­trail Flu­id­flex FKT II

Women’s 215 g (7.6 oz.) Men’s 270 g (9.5 oz.) Drop ra­tio: 4 mm $140

Canadian Running - - TRAIL SHOE GUIDE -

A few years ago, ven­er­a­ble out­door brand Columbia picked up Mon­trail, a re­spected player on the trail cir­cuit. To­gether, the Mon­trail DNA – lighter, flex­i­ble shoes fo­cused on the trail – lives on. The Flu­id­flex FKT II is aptly named (FKT stand­ing for “fastest known time”). It’s a light and re­spon­sive ride for faster run­ning on the sin­gle­track.

The mid­sole is reg­i­mented into a se­ries of EVA zones that move nicely in uni­son, even on rooty and rocky ter­rain. The three flex grooves cut into the mid- and fore­foot al­low­ing the foot to re­act to ground con­tact nat­u­rally, cre­at­ing a nim­ble ride. The up­per is mostly a layer of breath­able mesh, held to­gether with glued-on over­lays, fin­ish­ing off this light­weight and highly flex­i­ble pack­age. If you’re look­ing for a shoe that will re­spond to ag­gres­sive move­ment, the Flu­id­flex FKT II is a great op­tion.

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