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Montrail Masochist and Rockridge – Trail Running Shoe Review

With over 50+ miles on my Montrail Masochist and Montrail Rockridge, I thought I would provide a share and compare between the two trail shoes.

Instead of talking about the various product buzz words that may not mean a whole heck of lot, I am going to try and provide some useful insight from my personal in-the-dirt observations and experiences.

Glamour Shots

Here are the uncomfortable glamour poses. Trail shoes were never meant to look this clean.

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(Masochist (left), Rockridge (right))

Enough of the glamour, the rest of the photos will be from my personal shoes that will include their preferred look – a bit of dust and dirt. This is not your shiny road shoe!

Specs of Interest

Masochist

  • Weight – 11.2 oz (size 9)
  • Ride height – 20 mm heel / 10 mm forefoot
  • Protection – Full length Trail Shield
  • Pronation control – minimum support shoe

Rockridge

  • Weight – 11.6 oz (size 9)
  • Ride height – 21 mm heel / 11 mm forefoot
  • Protection – Forefoot-only Trail Shield
  • Pronation control – moderate neutral shoe

You will notice the Masochist is slightly lighter and closer to the ground. The Ride height difference between the heel and forefoot is the same for both shoes at 10 mm.

The Masochist has the full length Trail Shield but also less cushioning as compared to the Rockridge.

Fit

My experience with both shoes sized at 11.5. I would consider my foot shape average…not overly wide or narrow.

my-feet-yikes

(My feet from a distance – don’t want to scare people.)

Masochist

I would consider the Mosochist to have a glove-like fit. There is very little extra wiggle room.  The toe-box is also fairly compact.

The orange webbing used to support the lacing can really customize the overall fit. It took me a few adjustments down the trail to set the proper snugness for my foot.

To me, the Masochist has a performance feel.

Rockridge

The Rockridge has a more traditional shoe fit. The shoe feels more spacious and definitely has more wiggle room in the toe-box.

To me, this shoe has a blended performance/comfort feel.

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Outsole – Tread

The most noteworthy observation here is the Masochist has some recessed channels that may pack more gunk if conditions are wet and you are dancing through sticky clay soil. The clay will still stick to the Rockridge (my experience) but there will be less gunkification.

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(Masochist (left) Rockridge (right))

The Ride

Last week I hit the trail and ran a few miles in the Masochist immediately followed by some with the Rockridge. Here are my biggest observations.

  • I could feel more of the terrain variation (rocks, dips, etc) in the Masochist.
  • I noticed the slightly increased sole height in the Rockridge after the transition from the Masochist. This actually surprised me a bit.
  • The Rockridge had a more cushy ride. It seemed to mute the terrain variations more than the Masochist.

Summary

Shoes preferences are almost as individual as 100 mile nutrition, so what works for one person may not work for another. But if you are looking for a quality, moderately light trail running shoe, both of these Montrail trail shoes are worth considering. I have honestly enjoyed both shoes and could wear either shoe depending on the day.

You can check out  both the Montrail Masochist and Rockridge at Running Warehouse (Shoes, Packs, Clothes, Lights, and more…plus 2-day free shipping!).

In the end, you still have to do the work. So get out and run! 🙂

For those that have worn either shoe, what are your thoughts?

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Glamor photos – Courtesy of Running Warehouse.)

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

11 Responses to “Montrail Masochist and Rockridge – Trail Running Shoe Review”

  1. on 13 Jul 2010 at 12:54 pm Johan

    Thanks for an awesome review! 🙂

  2. on 25 Nov 2010 at 12:23 pm David Hanenburg

    Johan – You’re welcome! Happy Running!

  3. on 11 Jan 2011 at 12:36 pm Nate

    I just ran the Bandera 100k in the Rockridge and loved ’em. I even saw one other runner in these as well.

    Your review helped me make a decision on which to run in so, thanks!

  4. on 22 Feb 2011 at 1:20 pm Justin Ellis

    Hi

    I just bought the Rockridge and I found they have quite a tight fit. I am quite new to trail running and thus fear I may have bought a too small shoe?

    What are you looking at when fitting the shoe and how much clearance is ideal around the heal? One friend told me you should be able to at least fit a forefinger into the shoe?

    Your inputs will be welcome.

    Regards

  5. on 28 Feb 2011 at 10:01 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Justin, Everyone has different opinions on shoe fit but I like to have a thumb width of space from you toes to the front of the shoe.

    Most (not all) runners go up a half to a full size from their traditional casual wear shoe size.

    If the shoe feel tight when you first put it on, it is only going to get tighter if/when your feet begin to swell (which is common especially for longer distances).

    If you intuition says it feels uncomfortably tight, it is likely too small a shoe.

    Hope this helps.

  6. on 18 Jun 2011 at 1:23 pm Jill

    How do you clean after a muddy race

  7. on 20 Jun 2011 at 8:44 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Jill – I would likely use bucket of water or a hose outside and rub off the dirt with my hands and the water. If the tread is packed with clay, before getting the shoes wet, use a screw driver to clean out the tread. This has worked well for me.

    After cleaning, take the insoles out and let the shoes air dry. I may put them under a ceiling fan to help with a bit more air flow. That’s about it.

  8. on 29 Oct 2011 at 3:24 pm David

    Great review! I really appreciate all the real-world comparison you have done with this and the Inov-8 reviews. I am currently running in the Mountain Masochists, love them, one of the few shoes with enough toebox width for me. I have taken the insole out of mine, which increases the volume to a more acceptable level for me. I think these are a very versatile shoe, with a minimal feel, yet not too stripped down so as to cause problems for longer runs with lots of vertical! I like the support feature, but not sure I actually need it. Currently thinking about picking up some Inov-8s (Roclite 295, Roclite 315, Flyroc 310…???) to get a little closer to the ground (and perhaps more volume without having to take the insole out?). Your reviews have been very helpful!

  9. on 31 Oct 2011 at 1:58 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey David – Great to hear from you and thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on the MM. Nice tip (remove insole) to create more forefoot room.

    If you end up picking up a pair of INOV-8s, I would love to hear your thoughts on them.

    Thanks for the kind words on the reviews!

    Happy Running!

  10. on 05 Nov 2012 at 4:05 pm KDM

    Great review David. Are they true to size?

  11. on 06 Nov 2012 at 9:17 am David Hanenburg

    Hey KDM,

    I don’t believe the Rockridge exists any longer but for the Masochist, if I would buy a pair today, I would purchase a size 12. 12 is my standard running shoe size today so I would say it would be consistent with my other recent shoes purchases.

    Hope this helps.

    Happy Running!