Numerous reviewers rave about the Montrail Rockridge trail running shoe. In fact, this affordable shoe comes with more expert recommendations than almost any other trail shoe regardless of price. Reviewers say the Rockridge offers superb stability and traction thanks to grippy rubber lugs on the outsole. Testers report good performance on all types of terrain, including gravel, slippery rocks and mud. The Rockridge includes a rock plate in the midsole, which does a good job of protecting feet from the impact of sharp rocks, reviews say. The shoe is very stable but still highly responsive, and testers report having a good feel for the trail. Some reviewers note that the Rockridge can feel slightly hard, which is most noticeable on flat trails, but others have no complaints about the cushioning. The shoe weighs 11.4 ounces for men and 9.2 ounces for women and runs wide, reviews indicate. For those who like a more minimalist shoe, the Saucony ProGrid Peregrine may be a better choice.
A number of sources provide excellent reviews of the Montrail Rockridge. Trail Runner, Outside, Runner's World and Running Times magazines have the best coverage, and each publication evaluates a number of trail shoes using wear-testers. Outside is the only source that rates the shoes, but Trail Runner and Runner's World provide awards to the best picks. We also found good (but shorter) reviews at National Geographic Adventure and Shape magazines. User reviews aren't plentiful, but there are some at Buzzillions.com and Backcountry.com. Like many shoes that aren't updated year after year, the Montrail Rockridge hasn't received much media attention or user feedback in the past year. Still, we found the reviews on this shoe much more positive than other, newer rugged-terrain oriented running shoes.
1. Trail Runner
Trail Runner magazine gives an Editors' Choice award to the Montrail Rockridge. Testers praise the comfortable fit and stable support, and the lugged outsole gets high marks for excellent traction on mud and rocks.
Review: Trail Tested, Michael Benge and Elinor Fish, May 2010
The Montrail Rockridge gets a perfect score for traction from the testers at Outside magazine, but a lower score for speed. The well-ventilated mesh upper gets high marks, but the spacious fit feels "sloppy" to a few narrow-fitted testers.
Review: Trail Runners, Lisa Jhung, Summer 2010
3. Runner's World
The Montrail Rockridge earns a nod in last year's trail-shoe guide from Runner's World magazine. Testers praise the supportive fit and protection against rocks and other sharp debris, but they'd like to see deeper outsole lugs to improve the traction in mud.
Review: Running Shoe Finder: Montrail Rockridge, Warren Greene and Martyn Shorten, March 2010
Testers for Running Times magazine are impressed with the Montrail Rockridge, especially for use on technical trails that require an agile and responsive shoe. The rock plate gets high marks for protecting feet from sharp rocks, but that also translates into a rather firm ride on smooth trails.
Review: Trail Shoe: Montrail Rockridge, Brian Metzler, June 2010
5. Explore magazine
Canada's Explore magazine reviews five trail running shoes, including the Montrail Rockridge, for its Best Gear 2010 issue. Ryan Stuart finds a lot to like with the shoe's breathable upper, comfortable cushioning and excellent traction.
Review: Trail Runners, Ryan Stuart, May 2010
6. National Geographic Adventure
Brian Metzler at National Geographic Adventure says the Montrail Rockridge has lots of stability for rough trails, but is still comfortable enough for runs on the road.
Review: The Science of Speed: Trail-running Shoes, Brian Metzler, February 2010
Shape magazine calls the Montrail Rockridge the best trail running shoe for rugged terrain. Testers praise its traction and protection from rocks, and the breathable mesh upper is another plus.
Review: The Best Women's Running and Athletic Shoes, Sarah Bowen Shea, Not Dated
Ten reviewers comment on the women's Montrail Rockridge at Buzzillions.com, where it earns a 4.4-star rating (out of 5). One owner with narrow feet finds the fit too wide.
Review: Montrail Rockridge Women's Running Shoes, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Backcountry.com has 15 user reviews for the Montrail Rockridge, several of which are very detailed. The shoe's underfoot protection is a high point, as is the grippy outsole. One user thinks the toebox is too roomy.
Review: Montrail Rockridge Trail-Running Shoe - Men's, Contributors to Backcountry.com