Salomon doesn’t seem to stop improving on an already good collection of shoes. I’ve tried four or five over the last couple of years, but these are my favourite, and they’re not the most expensive. The Fellraiser are, of course, a trail running shoe: lightweight, stable and with a very grippy sole thanks to very deep lugs. On really muddy days I use the S-Lab Fellcross that had a comparable sole unit to the Inov-8 Mudclaw (and won the TGO Award for footwear in 2013).
They are amazing for mud, snow and on rock, but very slippery on chalk and the road. The Fellraiser are a more rounded shoe (and cheaper). The lugs are deeper than normal (chevron design), but grip well on the road before you hit the trail. They have a fairly low drop (6mm), but enough cushioning for roots and rocks.
There’s a natural run from it too. There’s a breathable mesh lining that keeps some water out, but thankfully no waterproof membrane. These dry pretty quickly and in a lot of water expel enough to remain comfortable.
I wore them during a six-hour adventure race, soaking wet (thanks to a woeful kayak section) and even then running 10km they were comfortable.
The quick lacing is excellent as always (it’s never failed on me), very lightweight (670 for a size 11), and well, just a great pair of shoes that I use for trail running. I’d also use for muddy walks through spring and summer. These are an excellent buy.
First published: April 2014
Pros: lightweight, comfortable when wet, no membrane
- Details: PRICE: Ј85 WEIGHT: 670g (size 11)