Now that is a wacky looking pair of trail shoes above. But looking closely we’ve got some interesting features on the snappily titled RX1441AT’s. Soft compound aggressively lugged sole, stitchless upper construction and a removeable ankle gaiter. The sole is how I like it, stiffer at the back and with good toe flex.
Below we have the M1100MDS, which is the official shoe of the Marathon Des Sables. It has a tiny velcro-closed ankle gaiter and a clever and comfortable resolution to top lacing, again good flex in the sole. It has a wider fit and feels more like a trekking shoe than the RX1441AT’s instant Quick! Run! ambience. Ach, I’m going to have to give these new names.
The both have very different lasts, and are very different shoes all round. They’re interesting for sure. Update coming after some miles. The details of both models are here on the UK New Balance website.