- Gryptonite Outsole: Montrail’s sticky lug technology spans the length of the outsole for solid traction on the toughest terrain.
- Light Midsole: The Bajada uses a compression molded EVA foam midsole for lightweight performance and a good amount of cushion on the trail.
- Rock Protection: A flexible composite material called Trail Shield is sandwiched between the midsole and outsole for protection from rock bruising.
- Forefoot Flexibility: Even with the Trail Shield material in the forefoot, the Bajada stays flexible with forefoot flex grooves.
A shoe built for the trail but capable on the road as well, the Bajada brings a nice mix of cushion and traction to the trail category. The midsole and outsole are flexible but still provide the protection that a trail runner needs to feel confident on a range of terrain.
In terms of fit, look for a very locked-in heel and snug midfoot, opening up to a roomy toebox. You have more material wrapping around your foot than you would in the Rogue Fly or Rogue Racer, but the Bajada is still a far cry from the chunky overlays of trail shoes from the past. A few testers noted that the additional structure of the upper gave them added confidence in lateral movements on the trail.
Overall, the Bajada is a versatile shoe. If you’re looking for a true performer on the trail that won’t beat you up on the road (and actually will keep you feeling pretty darn good), put the Bajada on your list.
“I could see this shoe working for a mile or two on the road on your way to your favorite trail.” – Daniel
“Montrail made a lot of good choices for this shoe. Cushioned but flexible, structured overlays but comfortable fit. I could easily rack up the miles in the Bajada.” – Lauren
“The transition on this shoe would be pretty amazing for a road model, but as a trail-oriented model it is that much more impressive.” – Matt