Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Montrail Odyssey Trail Shoe Review

being a montrail ambassador means i'm constantly being asked about montrail shoes. i would say the shoe i suggest the most is the montrail odyssey. this is because the montrail odyssey is the most versitile trail running shoe on the market today. even the most hardened trail runner is forced to run road on ocassion. the montrail odyssey was designed as a light weight trail shoe that is just as comfortable on the road as on the trail. matter of fact... this is my road shoe. it's also my favorite light weight trail shoe (just 12oz). i even race ultras up to 50 miles in this shoe because it's light weight, stable and has a great cushioned sole for my achey knees. is it tough? i wore a pair of montrial odysseys on a circumnavigation of the sisters mountains in oregon. 45 miles and 10,000 feet of gain with a summit of the south sister and a 3,000 foot decent on a lava rock and scree... and i'm still running in them. on those hot days you'll appreciate the upper being made of very breathable mesh and on the wet days you will appreciate the gryptonite treads. the only complaint i have is that the tongue on the odyssey doesn't have a loop for the laces to keep it in place. this is not usually an issue, but after hours and hours of running sometimes it falls to the side more than i would like it to.

** the first production run of the odyssey had a defect where the lugs on the sole would fall off fairly easily because they were individual pieces. the latest versions have fixed that by making the lugs all attached to one piece.

the montrail odyssey in action! - olympic national park




outside magazine's take on the montrail odyssey

9 comments:

Bob Gentile said...

hmm just watched the video...

u guys got some weird paved roads out there, they looked more like logs to me -- LMAOOOOO

I do need to try a pair of Montrails at some point, yet to find a running store here in FL that have them...hmm must be ummm lack of trails, huh?! haha

olga said...

Hey, that's my fav shoe! :) But I saw new line of Zoolander (Highlander is too narrow for me) and a Streaker - and waiting to test those. Those are FEATHER light! And I take my Odyssey on a 100M journey.

Anonymous said...

At first I hated this shoe, but after 100 miles or so I'm pretty happy with it. I don't think it's as stable or has as good a trail "feel" as the Leona, my favorite shoe of all time. But after a run in the mud yesterday, I think the lack of that aggressive tread is nice in that it self-cleans pretty quickly.

Steve

Ben aka "Good Ben" said...

I like the way my Odysseys feel (very comfortable) but every run in them has resulted in knee pain. They've also lost a few lugs after only 160 miles or so. :-(

Hart said...

well the knee pain isn't good! the odyssey is a neutral fit ben so maybe your stride requires something different.

the lugs is a known issue. it's already been fixed too. you must have a pair from the first production run. on the most recent odysseys the lugs are one big piece and cannot fall off.

the only complaint i have is that the tongue doesn't have a loop to hold it in place. a few miles and it's no issue.. but after hours and hours it starts to fall off the side. (i've updated the blog with this, and a note about the lugs too).

Will said...

Mr. Hart,

Can a non-Montrail sponsored athlete obtain Montrail shirts or hats?
I wear the Hurricane Ridge right now, but I think I'll try the Odyssey next.

Hart said...

hey will. i'm not sure if non montrail athletes can obtain the shirts. they don't appear to be for sale on the website and i've never seen them in a store.

i've sent an email to montrail to find out for sure..

Hart said...

ok just got word back that at least for now you can only get the hads and shirts at events. sorry.

Geoff said...

another benefit of the odyssey: great for running in muddy and wet conditions. the ventilation you mention is great for letting water out quickly and the traction of these shoes on wet roots and rocks is better than any shoe i've ever worn. i've worn 4 pair of oddysey this year and if they don't change them drastically anytime soon i'll be wearing a lot more of them in the future.