Equipment Review: Mammut MTR 201 – II Low Men  – Footwear

My name is Andy Rhodes I’m 51 yrs old and a keen triathlete and trail runner. I’ve been competing in ‘tri’ for over 15 years and have completed several iron distance and half iron distance races. My favourite races are :-

  • Helvellyn Tri
  • Mallorca 70.3 – 4 times completed 2012- 16
  • Mallorca full distance – once completed 2016
  • Outlaw full distance – full completed 2013

I run 52 weeks a year with an average weekly mileage of 24-32 miles . Most of this is not road running but a varied mix of trail, fell and tarmac. I run with my wife Helen and our dog Alfie.

I have tried out several different brands and styles of shoe over the years and need to find a model that is adaptable to the different terrain I run on. This isn’t easy to achieve and is highly relevant to my initial first stage review of the MTRs having run circa 38 miles in them so far.

Stability

I run in a pair of Salomon XA Pro or Speedcross , my wife does too. I find these high on support, grip and outer sole protection which helps on scree terrain. However, all the support and protection trades off against the lack of feel and on occasion I can turn over on my ankle when running at speed on uneven ground. They feel high off the ground.

Previously I have run in INNOV-8 X-Talon shoes. More of a flat feel shoes with little outer sole protection but brilliant feel on soft ground or fells. No good on scree or stony ground as the sole is thinner and a sharp stone or rock will hurt like hell.

So, I mention this because the 2 above past try outs are a compromise whereas my first run out with the MTRs struck exactly what I have been looking for. They are supportive and stable without feeling heavy and losing feel . I ran 8 miles first time on and not a hint of a pinch or blister – these shoes are mega comfy.

Speed

They feel fast on tarmac , having less grippy a sole than my Salomons and on scree and wet ground they grip fine allowing for fast downhill and solid traction uphill. They are light and airy.

Summary

So far these are the ideal combo shoes for my running but I also think they’d suit anyone looking for a pure fell shoe or a longer distance option. The sole is deceptively grippy , it looks less full on but does the job on soggy/boggy ground for sure.
I’ll be watching to see how the sole copes with the mixed terrain because often a trail shoes can wear down quick if tarmac is a decent slice of the norm. I hope not because 38 miles in and I’m hooked. I also love the colour and styling – very loud and proud and out there – eye-catchers.

Andy

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