All-purpose weapon for the mountains: the Speed Mountain Gore-Tex® outdoor shoe
With speed up and all over the mountain. The days of heavy outdoor shoes are finally history. That is proven true by the new Speed MTN Shoe by Dynafit. Tough, great grip, yet superior flexibility -- and weighing in at only 390 grams. All of that is what the new Speed Mountaineering shoe by Dynafit brings to the table. And, to round it all out, it also offers a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane.
As mentioned, at 390 grams, it is rather light for a tough Gore-Tex shoe. When I first tried it on, I noticed the athletic, but not too snug fit of the shoe. It begs to move fast, you can just feel it. Its Speed Lacing System allows the Speed MTN to be adjusted to fit your foot excellently, and its heel stability is very good. The fabric lace cover also allows you to stow your laces for safekeeping. Still, the Speed MTN doesn’t lack for comfort. It has good cushioning, but very balanced. It seems very tough, with a sturdy rock plate under the forefoot and a leather upper.
For the outsole, Dynafit again features the expertise from its own group of companies. As used for the Trailbreaker last year, the rubber blend by Pomoca was also utilized for the Speed MTN. The tread is not extremely chunky, but lends good grip even on soft surfaces. What stands out is the sole under the toes. Here it is nearly smooth in order to handle rocks and also short scrambling sections, such as a via ferrata, well. The rubber is really impressive. On rock it is really powerful, and even on wet stones you feel really secure.
Even if the Gore-Tex membrane makes the shoe a little stiff, the forefoot remains quite flexible on toe-off, and you can even run a few kilometers with the Speed MTN. In particular, it offers a really secure feeling on the downhills, due in no small part also to the “Heel Preloader,” that keeps the heel secure and offers good support. Also, at the midfoot, the shoe supports well, and you don’t have any fear of turning an ankle.
In sum, I would say that Dynafit really hit a bullseye with the Speed MTN. If you want to move quickly in the mountains, but a trail runner doesn’t offer quite enough support or stability, then you’ll be thrilled with the Speed MTN. It takes nearly all of the virtues of a good outdoor shoe, but then wraps them up in a modern package with low weight, good flexibility and a lot of grip. A real all-purpose weapon for the mountains.
Speed Mountaineering, the fast, new version of alpinism, is a clear trend in the outdoor industry. Not so fast and exhausting as Alpine Running, but not as old-fashioned as hiking. This is precisely where Dynafit is aiming with its new collection. This flagship Speed MTN is thus the appropriate shoe. I was able recently to experience first hand the features of this impressive new shoe.