Quick and Dirty:
- A responsive trail runner with enough stiffness to climb 5.9
- Weight: 280g
- Color: Winter Moss/Blackout
- Dynafit Alpine
- Pros: Grippy vibram rubber, comfortable on runs over 10mi, approach shoe like performance
- Cons: fragile knit fabric in the toe box
- Fit: make sure to size up 1.5 sizes
- 6 mm drop
Review:The Dynafit Alpine trail running shoe is much more than your average “running” shoe. The first thing I noticed was the confidence-inspiring grip of the rubber. I had no hesitation leaping onto wet rocks during stream crossings. The toe box is deceptively wide for a shoe that performs well in technical terrain. I used the Alpine as I would an approach shoe on several occasions. Much to my delight, the trail runner performed admirably. While not as stiff as an approach shoe, I climbed the Blue Grouse 5.9, on top rope without issue. At no time did I feel insecure while edging. I ran 14 miles of the Timberline trail and they provided traction, cushion, and responsiveness.
Who It's For:This shoe is for the type of person doing training runs on mud, dirt, and rock. Or someone looking for a comfy approach shoe for third and fourth class terrain. I’ve used it for running, climbing approaches, and hiking. They look cool around town too.
I’ve tried the Altra Lone Peak series and they don’t have the stiffness I prefer. I need a stiffer shoe and the Dynafit Alpine fits the bill nicely.
Product to pair it with:
- Dynafit Alpine 9 pack
- Altra trail running gaiters
- NW Alpine Bagby shorts