I did a TON of thorough research to find the right aggressive shoe for fast paced long distance weekend hikes on the Appalachian Trail and came upon these. They seemed perfect. Light, little to no break-in needed, MASSIVE cushioning/shock absorption, great traction, and festive colors as a bonus! So I took rolled the dice and ordered a pair. They were everything I hoped they could be! Cranked out a fast 10 miles on the AT in muddy, icy, slushy snow, rain conditions and they worked like a champ! My feet stayed dry and the traction was very good on wet rocks, mud, ice and granular snow.
These things are just the ticket for cranking out miles quickly with minimal to moderate loads. Now I would not suggest strapping on a 70 pound pack and hitting the trail for a week in these, they are not supportive or rigid enough for that but if you want to cover mega mileage very fast with a light to moderate pack, these will make you very very happy. These things will be my key to ticking off the AT in little pieces state by state.
I like them so much that I am ordering another pair to have if/when this pair wears out. I don't want to not be able to replace them in 3 to 5 years, I like them that much! Could not rate them higher! Hike safe and far my friends.