Dynafit Pantera

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Dynafit Pantera Review Facts

The Dynafit Pantera is a very robust and versatile shoe. Designed for ultra trail races, it provides great shock absorption, good responsiveness and great protection regardless of the conditions or terrain. They are especially comfortable for long runs. The Pantera provides enough support and control for mild overpronators. A Vibram outsole provides good traction and durability. A Duo Motion midsole provides cushioning, shock absorption and great responsiveness. The form fitting upper provides great fit, breathability and protection.

Pros
  • Great fit
  • Enhanced protection
  • Good shock absorption
  • Wide surface
  • Overpronation support
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Traction can be improved
  • Feels too rigid
  • Steep price
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Dynafit Pantera features a Vibram outsole. It combines two different technologies to make it more durable and enhance traction and grip. The Mapping rubber compound placed in the heel area is harder, extending the durability of the outsole and providing traction when running downhill. The Claw Grip rubber compound placed in the forefoot area is softer and provides extra cushioning and shock absorption. It also enhances the traction when performing vertical runs. A ESS rock plate between the midsole and the outsole protects your feet from debris. Reviewers have experienced lack of traction when running on loose rocks paths and climbing wet rocks.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Dynafit Pantera features two layers of EVA with different densities for extra shock protection and motion control. The Duo Motion technology makes the shoe responsive and provides extra support for overpronators. The thickness of the midsole, combined with the ESS rock plate and the thick Vibram rubber protect your underfoot. However, some reviewers noted that they did not like that the features made the shoe heavier and more rigid.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The form fitted upper along with the integrated lacing system provide a great fit. The Sensitive Fit design allows blood to flow more naturally as well as prevent swelling which is useful for those running long distances. The Ballistic Bumper technology is a toe cap that protects your toes from the unwanted impacts when running.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Their weight is 349 grams (12 oz.) for the men’s shoes, and 299 grams (10.5 oz.) for the women’s shoes. As mentioned, that weight is an average as it varies depending on the size. Reviewers stated that once they are broken in, they feel lighter.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Thanks to the breathable upper, your feet will stay dry and cool, even on your long runs. As we lose high amounts of heat through our feet, keeping them cool will keep our whole body cool. These shoes provide good temperature control, and when combined with the right kind of socks, you can wear them under any kind of conditions. Reviewers stated that the breathability wasn't good in hot weather.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Duo Motion midsole features two layers of EVA which provide enough cushioning and good support, even on long runs. The padded tongue and collar also provides additional comfort.
Style
Style

Style

This shoe looks beefy and heavy, but fortunately, are not as heavy as they look. The extra layers of protection give the shoe a very solid look. The welded and stitched overlays make the shoes look cool and protective. The colors are limited as they have been discontinued. However, you can still get them through online stores.
Durability
Durability

Durability

These are really durable shoes. Reviewers have posted that after running around 400 miles, the shoes are still in good shape. The Vibram outsole features two different rubber compounds that make it more durable yet lighter and with more traction and grip. The Duo Motion midsole, using different EVA densities, has raked it possible to create a great balance of cushioning and durability. The upper is hard to the touch and incorporates overlays that reinforce it. The Ballistic Bumper and the heel cup also provide additional durability.
Protection
Protection

Protection

In between the outsole and the midsole is an ESS rock plate that keeps sharp objects from penetrating underfoot. The Duo Motion midsole combined with the Vibram outsole provide great shock absorption, decreasing the risk of knee and hips injuries due to repetitive impacts. The Ballistic Bomber and the heel cup will avoid any unnecessary impact that can harm your toes and your heels. The tongue also does a great job keeping the debris in the outside of the shoe. Their breathability is good, so the risk of getting blisters is low.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Vibram outsole features two different components, giving it the best traction and grip on vertical runs or down hill runs. The double layered EVA midsole uses two compounds that make the shoe more resilient to the movements while providing enough support. The form fitted upper provides a secure fit and allows your foot to move naturally.
Support
Support

Support

Mild overpronators will found solid support in this shoe. The Duo Motion construction of the midsole adapts to the movements of your foot. The adaptive support makes these shoes very comfortable for neutral runners. The Claw Grip rubber placed in the forefoot of the outsole provides extra cushioning and shock absorption from the bottom of the shoe. If you are a moderate or severe overpronator, you may want to replace the insoles with your own orthopedic insoles.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe works well on a variety of terrain, but especially trail ultra marathons. However, reviewers stated they perform their best on hard and compact trails. Reviewers who used these shoes for ultra marathons were satisfied with their performance. The Vibram outsole and the Duo Motion midsole can take you anywhere. The ESS rock plate makes sure that no sharp objects get to your foot. The solid construction of the upper and tongue keep debris from getting in.
Price
Price

Price

These shoes can get very expensive or very cheap depending on the stock the online stores have. The average price is $140 USD. The women's versions tends to be cheaper online. However, no matter the cost, they are worth their value.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Vibram outsole manages to provide great traction it a variety of surfaces. The Mapping Grip in the heel area is harder and provides good traction when running downhill. The Claw Grip in the forefoot area is a bit more flexible and soft, to provide more grip when going up hill and performing vertical runs. Some reviewers stated that the traction is not as good as Dynafit claims it to be. There were some issues reported when running on loose or wet rocks.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

These shoes are stiff. The brand has sacrificed the flexibility of the shoe in order to provide more protection and cushioning. The thick rubber from the Vibram outsole combined with the ESS rock plate makes the shoe very hard to bend. It will keep you protected but will make the shoe feel rigid. Reviewers that like their shoes stiff and with extra protection have loved the Dynafit Pantera.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The thickness and stiffness of the outsole provide a stable platform to land on. However, these are not a stability shoe. Reviewers that like sturdy trail running shoes said these shoes provide just enough stability to keep you running for longer.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The drop of a shoe is the difference between the heel height and the forefoot height of the shoe. The Dynafit Pantera trail running shoes has an 8 mm drop. The heel heigh is 35 mm and the forefoot height is 27 mm.
Key Features of the Dynafit Pantera
Key Features of the Dynafit Pantera

Key Features of the Dynafit Pantera

• Sensitive Fit
• Form fitted upper
• Duo Motion midsole
• Ballistic Bumper
• Vibram Outsole
• Mapping and ClawGrip rubber compounds
• ESS rock plate
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

If you are a runner that is looking for sturdy and very protective trail running shoes, the Dynafit Pantera are the ones you’re looking for. Amazing protection is what you get from these shoes. Ideal for running on hard and compact surfaces, these shoes do very well when your runs combine off-road and road conditions. . They provide solid support to mild overpronators. The rubber compounds in the outsole provides good traction and the midsole provides good responsiveness. Also the shoe offers good shock absorption, which will decrease the chance of injuring your knees and hips.