Shoe is comfortable and fine on the dry trails, could be a great long distance shoe especially on dry soft trails. However I ran on wet trails recently and these compound used on the sole of the shoe is very slick on wood like roots & bridges. It was also very noticeable on rocks.
I think they will be good training shoes for winter running in the Carolinas since it is usually just cool and dry. I won't be doing any OCR's in them.
Only improvement needed is to use a tacky rubber compound on the sole. Don't worry about the color, good old black on the sole is fine as long as we can climb a wall or run on rocks.