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Montrail Rogue Fly – Our Take

January 27th, 2012

Montrail Rogue Fly Men's Running Shoe

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Montrail’s lightest trail shoe, Rogue Fly impressed our feet with a seamless, sock-like mesh upper on Rogue Racer’s mid/outsole.

Runners Say

“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

Big Features

  • All-Mesh Upper: The first thing you notice about this shoe is the clean, simple upper. There’s a surprising amount of structure, with reinforcements along the lateral side and toe of the shoe in particular that give you extra confidence on highly technical trails.
  • Montrail Rogue Fly Outsole View

  • “Fly” Weight: The Fly lives up to its name, and is indeed the lightest trail shoe Montrail offers. Our measurements came in at 7.7 oz for Men’s size 9. The stripped-down upper design makes the Fly a few tenths of an ounce lighter than the Rogue Racer.
  • Flexible, Responsive Midsole: The midsole of the Fly is unchanged from the one in the Rogue Racer, which has earned praise for its low weight, smooth transition and long-haul comfort.
  • Rock Protection: Benefit from both a TPU shank and Trail Shield technology in the forefoot for protection when you’re out on the trail.
  • Gryptonite Outsole: Gryptonite is Montrail’s proprietary outsole material that provides traction where you need it. It’s perforated to keep weight down.

Trail Test

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.

The Men’s Rogue Fly in Red/Laser Yellow and Titanium/Bronco is available now, with the Women’s Rogue Fly in Red/Yellow coming in April.

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