Montrail’s lightest trail shoe, Rogue Fly impressed our feet with a seamless, sock-like mesh upper on Rogue Racer’s mid/outsole.
“For me, this shoe’s a winner. Traditional trail protection in a light and fast package. I was surprised how different this shoe feels compared to the Rogue Racer, which sits on the same midsole/outsole. The Fly has only a few tenths of an ounce on the Racer, but feels like a much more nimble shoe for my foot.” – Jonathan
“I’m impressed by the fit of the upper, particularly given that there’s not much material covering your foot. The fit is somewhere between sock-like and slipper-like to me. I had to cinch down the laces pretty snug to feel anchored on the platform.” – Matt
Even though it’s based on the mid/outsole of the Rogue Racer (see Men’s Rogue Racer and Women’s Rogue Racer), the Rogue Fly feels like a very different shoe. All the changes in the upper come together to create a shoe that feels more nimble, and dare we say a little faster, than the Rogue Racer.
The all-mesh upper is obviously the big story in this shoe. A few testers felt a bit too much lateral movement in the shoe, but even so, all of us were impressed by the balance of structure and flexibility in the upper of this shoe. We’d like to see more manufacturers introduce such clean, elemental designs in their road and trail models.
Out on the trail, you still get all of the great features Montrail has packed into the midsole and outsole, including Gryptonite to keep you firmly moving forward and rock protection in the mid and forefoot. With many stripped-down and minimal trail shoes moving to a lower heel-to-toe drop, some folks may find it strange that Montrail is sticking with a 10mm offset. But we think that the feel under foot is so good that the heel-to-toe drop shouldn’t be a major factor for most buyers.