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.
Here are the uncomfortable glamour poses. Trail shoes were never meant to look this clean.
(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
- Weight – 11.2 oz (size 9)
- Ride height – 20 mm heel / 10 mm forefoot
- Protection – Full length Trail Shield
- Pronation control – minimum support shoe
- 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.
My experience with both shoes sized at 11.5. I would consider my foot shape average…not overly wide or narrow.
(My feet from a distance – don’t want to scare people.)
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.
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.
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.
(Masochist (left) Rockridge (right))
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.
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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Posted on 07 May 2010
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