Women's Montrail Bajada II
The Montrail Bajada II is a workhorse, perfect for long distances and moderately technical trails. Most similar to traditional trail runners like the Asics Kahana 8 and the Brooks Cascadia 11 - Women's, this shoe hosts a rigid midsole and protective cushioning throughout the shoe. In exchange for this protection, it sacrifices weight and comfort. Its traction is decent, but is limited to moderately technical trails and doesn't do so well on snow. Its narrow toe box is also confining for some, and best matched with a narrow foot. That said, we liked its great breathability and affinity to dry quickly. If you're a lady in the market for an ultra-protective, traditional trail runner who is willing to compromise a little on weight, this may be your perfect match.