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A no frills trail shoe for lasting comfort over long distances, the Montrail Rogue Racer features moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.



Moving toward a minimalist direction, the Montrail Rogue Racer is lighter and lower to the ground than many trail shoes. This results in a great feel for the ground and inherent balance. The shoe still packs plenty of rock protection and traction for serious trail performance. Bottom line, the Rogue Racer may have race in its name, but this shoe will meet the daily demands of those looking to do more with less.

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Weight:  8.0 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (24mm), Forefoot (15mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium-high
  • Arch Structure: Low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Rouge Racer is a minimum feature, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for trail racing and daily training.


  • CMEVA is a full length compression molded EVA midsole engineered for cushioning and increased energy return.
  • CMEVA is a full length compression molded EVA midsole engineered for cushioning and increased energy return.
  • Open Mesh is used throughout the upper and allows for lightweight breathability.
  • Gusseted Tongue is designed to keep out debris.
  • Traditional Sockliner
  • Traditional Last is a full length strobel last engineered for enhanced underfoot cushioning.
  • Gryptonite Trail is a sticky outsole rubber designed for optimal traction and durability on both wet and dry surfaces.
  • Micro 3-Point Lugs offer excellent multi-directional traction.
  • Trail Shield/External TPU Shank is co-molded between the outsole and midsole and is a flexible composite material engineered to protect against rock bruises.
  • Flex Grooves are used horizontally and vertically for better forefoot flexibility.
  • Perforated Outsole helps reduce weight to the shoe.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I typically run in Mizunos and they have always fit my feet perfectly, I'm now looking for a better long distance trail shoe and I started to venture out. I've read a lot of good things about Montrail so I ordered a pair of these rogue racers. Well in my opinion they fit terribly, they were way high overall and the arch was pushed way back into the heal area. The construction wasn't near what I had expected had I paid full price for them at 120 I would have freaked. I ended up sending them back. And I‚m back on my search. PS Ive now run several times in the new NB MT110 and love them more than any shoe in a long time. I ordered them a full size larger than normal and they fit perfectly (I normally don‚t mind my toes being close to the end) but these feel amazing.
From: Trent, Golden, CO, USA

Comments: I bought these shoes and used them on a 50K; the shoes blew out on the heels, they are very cheaply made. I am glad I bought them from Running Warehouse, I sent them back and like always Running Warehouse took care of me and gave me a full refund.
From: Mike, Wellington, Al

Comments: Nice compromise between lightweight/slightly minimal and decent foot protection on the trails.  It was a perfect trail racing shoe for me at the half marathon distance.  Fits true to size.  I'm 6'4, 176 lbs; 50-60 MPW. 
From: David, Ashburn, VA, USA

Comments: Mixed review here. I went up a half size from typical and got a good fit (little wide in the heel for me).  I find toebox wide compared with typical road shoes and certainly flats, which I like.  A minor complaint about these is that they don't hold the foot particularly well through the midfoot.  You have to really tie them tight (and then the laces are too long).  My big complaint with these shoes is the lifespan of the midsole.  I loved the responsive feel initially (I'm 165, 6'1, 36:00 10k) on trails and on the road getting there.  After about 150 miles the midsole essentially died, making a lively shoe feel completely dead (still flexible, just dead).  I briefly raced trails and trained (sometimes) in these.  Now I mainly wear them around as casual shoes.  Really a poor value given the price, even at $80.  Max King must get new pairs every three days.
From: Chris, Boston, MA, USA

Comments: I have had two pairs of these shoes and I honestly think they are garbage. The "Gryptonite" outsole practically unglued itself within 100 miles of use. I blew through the outside upper area of the shoe and the things basically feel like wet cardboard within 300 miles. They do not drain well at all and are overpriced for what they are. I do realize they are on sale now, and that is probably because Montrail is coming out with something that might be worth while. Maybe. I have ran in MT101s for some time and they are certainly a superior shoe. Although lighter, the rockplate protects your feet while remaining flexible. If you catch a rock on the edge of the rogue racers, you will be feeling it for a while and uttering curses alone in the woods. I run trails maybe 5 days a week. Average around 10 miles per run and am by no means a convert to minimalism but I just perfer lighter shoes. Honest reviews here.
From: Paul, Denver, PA, USA

Comments: just ran 34 miles on a trail, first 15 in the peregrine, second half with the rogue. both shoes very comfortable, the rogue slightly softer + lighter. would also recommened to try both. go 1/2 size up with running the vt 50 in 3 weeks, am planning to run the first 32 in the penegrines + the last 18 in the rogues
From: Marty, Hubbardston, MA, USA

Comments: I would recommend going up full size from standard shoe size. I have room in my NB 101's and my toes touch the end in the same size rouge racer. They heel /toe drop is noticeable, though it's soft so it doesn't bother.  Grip is amazing coming from the 101. I think these could take my 101's top place if I would have purchased another 1/2 size up.
From: Justin, Washington, UT, USA

Comments: I had nearly the same experience as Leah... I've been running in MT101s (which I love), but wanted something with a bit more cushion, albeit in the forefoot rather than the heal. Through an extensive search I narrowed it down to the Rogue Racer and the Peregrine. The Rogue Racer has a bit too much heel-to-toe drop for me, so I opted for the Peregrine which although slightly mushier underfoot, has a lower heel relative to the forefoot. The Peregrine is slightly heavier as well, likely due to a more rugged outsole that I felt performed better on rocks and ice than the Rogue Racer's rather tame 'Gryptonite' sole. I'd personally recommend the Peregrine, but if you're on the fence get them both and try them out.
From: Anonymous

Comments: I've been debating what to wear for my first ever trail 50k in less than 2 weeks and after doing a lot of reading decided to give the RRs a shot.  I do a fair bit of running in the NB Minimus Trails or VFF Bikilas but my calves aren't ready for 31 miles in either of those, unfortunately, so I was looking for something with a bit more substance to it, but it still had to be light.  After a 7 mile test run last week I took the Rogues out for a 3 hour run yesterday on hilly trails nearby.  The shoes were just what I wanted and after running through plenty of mud they no longer are returnable, even if they weren't.  They're light, feel comfy, and have good traction. They also seemed to dry out quickly after running through some water.  My only complaint (and it may be a big one 20+ miles into a run) is that I feel like they are a little tighter in the toe box than I think would be ideal. I'm not sure that the ShoeFitr worked very well for me as I fed in my size 12 Mizuno Ronins, Adidas Rockets and Green Silences, all of which work well for me and was suggested size 11.5 or 12 Rogues.  I think a 12.5 might have been a better choice.  There's no going back now...
From: Will, Dubuque, IA, USA

Comments: I just got the Rogue Racer a couple days ago. I typically run in my 101's but was looking for something else to add to the rotation. I wanted something similar but with just a little more cushion (not much just a little in the heel) and more grip. Otherwise I wanted the same features as the 101. Wide toe box, snug around mid foot, good feel of the trail beneath me, flexible shoe, and promotes midfoot/forefoot striking. I looked and looked and looked and it came down to the Rogue Racer or the Saucony Peregrine. The Peregrine, though a nice looking shoe was just too much shoe for me. It was snug in the forefoot and my toes just felt squished in the toe box too. It also felt way to cushy for my tastes. The Rogue on the other hand was wider in the toe box and though there is a little more cushion than the 101....not bad. I also could still feel the ground a bit even though I was a little higher off the ground. I decided to go for it and I took them out for a 19 mile test run in the Smokey Mountains of east Tennessee. It was an out and back starting at 1000ft and going up to 3000ft then back down.  The shoes performed great. I could feel the trail and the rocks didn't hurt as they do sometimes in the 101s. They totally promoted forefoot to midfoot strike. They were light and allowed my feet to do there job:) The grip is a little better than the 101s so that was good too. As far as the extra cushion in the heel....perfect. It allowed me to bombed down rocky downhills without hesitation! They seem like they will drain well too. I got them decently wet and muddy but didn't actually have all outcreek crossings to give that info. So for me the Rogue was a good choice and a perfect fit. A 19 mile mountain test run isn't a bad way to break in a shoe and test it out if you ask me. Which do I like better. Too soon to tell. I LOVE my 101's but I think I could see myself falling fast for the Rogues;)  
From: Leah, Knoxville, TN, USA