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For runners needing a little more shoe than the Rogue Racer, the Bajada feels responsive and gives added confidence on technical trails.
- Gryptonite Outsole: Montrail's sticky lug technology spans the length of the outsole for solid traction on the toughest terrain.
- Light Midsole: The Bajada uses a compression molded EVA foam midsole for lightweight performance and a good amount of cushion on the trail.
- Rock Protection: A flexible composite material called Trail Shield is sandwiched between the midsole and outsole for protection from rock bruising.
- Forefoot Flexibility: Even with the Trail Shield material in the forefoot, the Bajada stays flexible with forefoot flex grooves.
A shoe built for the trail but capable on the road as well, the Bajada brings a nice mix of cushion and traction to the trail category. The midsole and outsole are flexible but still provide the protection that a trail runner needs to feel confident on a range of terrain.
In terms of fit, look for a very locked-in heel and snug midfoot, opening up to a roomy toebox. You have more material wrapping around your foot than you would in the Rogue Fly or Rogue Racer, but the Bajada is still a far cry from the chunky overlays of trail shoes from the past. A few testers noted that the additional structure of the upper gave them added confidence in lateral movements on the trail.
Overall, the Bajada is a versatile shoe. If you're looking for a true performer on the trail that won't beat you up on the road (and actually will keep you feeling pretty darn good), put the Bajada on your list.
I could see this shoe working for a mile or two on the road on your way to your favorite trail.
Montrail made a lot of good choices for this shoe. Cushioned but flexible, structured overlays but comfortable fit. I could easily rack up the miles in the Bajada.
The transition on this shoe would be pretty amazing for a road model, but as a trail-oriented model it is that much more impressive.