These are shoes that will surprise you; bulky and heavy feeling on that first in-shop fitting, you’ll probably think they won’t cope with anything too serious. But take them out on the trail and they’re surprising, well cushioned and pretty responsive.
They certainly look the part. The sturdy mesh uppers have significant overlays to protect and strengthen the shoe while keeping your foot locked in. The outsole wraps up to create a big toe bumper and the shoe also features a significant heel counter.
On-foot, the feel like a road shoe due to the ride height. The tonge and heel areas are well padded and they feel comfortable.
Sure, they’re not racing snakes but actually the fit and general cushioned feel makes them feel pretty lively and capable of a good clip thanks to the lightweight, forgiving midsole made from injection molded MeMlexnand nylon molded flex transfer shank. They are a wider feeling shoe sitting high on a 12mm drop so take note of that. Some of you out there won’t like the bulk
There’s AirMesh, an abrasion resistant microfiber, HF lacing harness and a TPU transkinetic heel stabilizer, all of which creates a mightily stable platform. For a neutral shoe, this offers a lot of support and means they wouldn’t be too bad on the road. Of course, the Gore-Tex lining means they can cope with mud and rainy days.
While the grip, perhaps a bit slippy for road, comes via the Frixion XF outsole. We liked them on forest paths, indeed they quickly became the shoe of choice for easy afternoon runs where pace wasn’t an issue, thanks in part to that flexibility and also the support offered.
The Ultra Raptor GTX are all about long days in the mountains and preferably on wet and muddy hills. The shoes ran really well, but due to the 12mm ride height, they feel like a traditional road shoe which will be welcomed by some, frowned on by others depending on your terrain. Obviously, the higher you ride, the less stable the shoes are likely to be. That said, these shoes will keep your feet dry, offer exceptional grip and give you a well-cushioed ride around your favourite off-road tracks.
MEMIex EVA is a full length midsole engineered for moderate cushioning.
Flex Transfer Shank is located at the midfoot and is a nylon molded piece designed for torsional rigidity.
FriXion XF is a full length versatile sticky compound designed for technical and rocky terrain.
Impact Brake System is a lugged system designed to lessen impact by 20% and increase uphill/downhill traction.
Rock Guard in the forefoot consists of a highly compressed EVA layer that protects feet from rock bruises.
GORE-TEX Upper is waterproof and yet breathable, for comfortable protection during extreme weather conditions.
Air Mesh encompasses the majority of the upper and is breathable to help keep the foot cool.
Transkinetic Heel Stabilizer is a thermoplastic unit designed to keep the heel snug for an enhanced fit.
Lacing Harness is a thermoplastic unit extending from the lacing eyelets and to the midsole. It is intended to provide a snug fit.
Traditional Sockliner for underfoot comfort.
Strobel Last is full length and is designed for cushioning.
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