Montrail Mountain Masochist II
The Montrail Mountain Masochist II is a moderate support shoe made for running technical trails. The shoe is a good option for overpronating trail runners looking for a solid, durable daily trainer with aggressive traction. This is not a minimal shoe but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deliver a close to the ground ride. The shoe is supportive enough to protect runners from rolling their ankles and is tough enough to handle all kinds of trail conditions and debris, thanks to its durable rock plate. The shoe is offered in subdued colors and definitely looks like it belongs on the trail. It’s breathable without sacrificing protection. The shoe is also affordable and has a loyal fan base. Is the Montrail Mountain Masochist II good enough for you, too? Read on to find out!
- Superb traction thanks to the grippy outsole that features multi-directional lugs
- Durable construction means the shoe should last quite a while
- Breathable open mesh upper
- Great protection from trail debris thanks to webbed upper and protective Trail Shield rock plate
- Despite featuring a rock plate, the shoe is quite flexible
- Not good for road running
- A little bit heavy
There are also lugs on the outer sides of the outsole. These provide extra traction and ensure the shoe works well on highly technical trails.
The aggressive forefoot lugs make the shoe adept when it comes to uphill climbs and they're well-suited for gripping a variety of surfaces. They also perform well even in wet weather.
Cut outs can also be spotted on the outsole. The reason? This reduces the weight of the shoe somewhat. Despite these cut outs, the shoe does not tend to pick up mud. Mud comes off the shoe easily so it won't weigh you down during your trail run.
The midsole also features a type of rock plate called the Trail Shield. This feature is meant to provide protection so the wearer does not get injured by potential trail debris lying around.
Most rock plates tend to make a shoe very rigid but the shoe's Trail Shield has a bit of give. This ensures that the wearer still gets a smooth ride. The midsole also contains a cushioning material called FluidFoam. This full-length cushioning absorbs shock and provides comfortable padding for the wearer. The midsole foam is not overly thick, so ground-feel is not sacrificed. The FluidFoam padding is also fairly responsive. And finally, reviewers were quite happy with the midsole's adequate arch support
You'll also notice a toe bumper in the forefoot. This feature is meant to protect your feet from impact with hard objects, like rocks and boulders, on the trail. Overlays are also part of the upper construction and help to ensure a snug and secure fit.
The shoe's laces are fairly standard but they still allow the wearer to adjust the fit of the shoe accordingly. In addition, the front area of the shoe is particularly wide. This helps with ventilation and ensures your toes don't get squished while you run. Some reviewers found the forefoot was a bit too wide but most of these reviewers had very narrow feet. The tongue is well-padded and comfortable but does tend to get waterlogged and doesn't dry very quickly.
It's to be noted that the shoe is lighter than before and even the runners who had issues about the weight of the shoe realized that they were sacrificing weight for protection and traction.
There's no doubt that the Masochist II is not a shoe for minimalists. It's meant to be taken off-road and provide a good amount of protection for runners hitting the trails.
The shoe also drains water effectively and performs well in wet conditions. Reviewers were happy with the breathability of the shoe but complained that the heel collar and tongue did not dry quickly enough. Both of them were prone to holding in water. Otherwise, the rest of the shoe does a great job at keeping the wearer's feet dry and comfortable.
The FluidFoam midsole cushioning enhances comfort for the wearer. It's enough protection and padding to keep you comfortable even on long runs.
In addition, the Trail Shield provides protection from debris but because it does have some flexibility runners will still get a smooth ride out of the shoe.
The heel collar and tongue are both well-padded and offer a nice plush feeling for wearers. Unfortunately, they offer poor drying ability. Switching the material or reducing the padding would definitely be an improvement.
Those looking for a minimalist shoe might find there's not enough ground feel. But most folks will be happy that they're well protected and can still sense the ground underneath them.
The midsole features ample FluidFoam cushioning. The material runs the length of the shoe and ensures the wearer is standing on a supportive base. The upper also provides support for the wearer. The shoe's overlays keep the wearer securely stationed inside the shoe. Quite a few reviewers were happy with the stability of the shoe and enjoyed the mild arch support.
Those with narrow feet may not feel as comfortable as the wide construction may make the shoe feel a bit sloppy. The heel cup is tight enough to keep most runners securely fitted inside the shoe.
While the Mountain Masochist II can handle varied terrain, it's not a good choice for road running. The lugs featured in the outsole simply provide too much traction for the pavement.
This is definitely a shoe geared towards a dedicated trail runner. For that person, it offers great value. The shoe provides adequate cushioning, grips surfaces with ease, and offers various protective features to keep you injury free. The shoe can also easily be used by hikers.
This shoe is not for someone who's used to running on pavement or the only occasional trail runner. For those particular runners, a hybrid shoe is a much better option.
The lugs are very visible when viewing the shoe from its side profile. The shoe grips varied terrain quite well, even when the weather isn't so great. It can easily handle muddy trails and doesn't tend to pick up mud throughout a run.
It's not well-suited for road running, though. The lugs underfoot provide a bit too much traction for that kind of use. Keep this in mind if you're a road runner who's looking for a part-time shoe for the trails.
This version of the shoe introduces the new FluidPost midsole component. This new technology provides variable pronation control. The correction provided depends on the type of trail you're running on.
The shoe also features a Gryptonite outsole which can grip the trails with ease, ensuring runners stay stable and upright. The upper fits quite securely around the foot and the snug fitting heel cup keeps the wearer's heel locked-in. Unless you have particularly narrow feet (and a narrow heel), it's likely you'll feel stable in the Masochist II.
Key Features of the Montrail Mountain Masochist II
- Synthetic mesh upper includes webbing to keep out debris
- Toe bumper protects from hard debris on trails
- Trail Shield protects foot from potential punctures underfoot
- Gryptonite outsole features aggressively angled lugs in forefoot
- FluidFoam midsole cushioning provides padding and impact protection
The Masochist II also provides great grip. You can easily climb mountains and bound downhill in these shoes. It won't perform well on pavement, but that's not what it was built for.