X-Mission

All of a sudden, when it was 15C at the Antarctic, -15C temperatures arrived in my neck of the woods for a period of subsequent days, requiring me to run in different shoes. I am not sure if the Marins are good on ice, but I did not want to experiment since I only had time for longer runs. I had bought the X-Missions during summer for about 50USD, and am so glad I did. As a non-talented runner, I can say that they really, truly don't slip on snow or ice (of course, discounting black ice - which I tested). They handled ice and snow equally well on the roads and on the trails. I also used them in Hong Kong, over the ubiquitous countryside-paved stretches, and rocks and boulders, and did not banana-peel-slip off any of them; to the contrary, I felt like I was a skilled runner, with great balance (these things are not true).
I would not say that they are comfortable, but they are definitely wearable: while feeling cheap on the foot and definitely constrictive for a wider foot, and cardboard-y where one expects a bit of cushion, my feet and knees do not hurt at all after wearing them. That is what I mean by not comfortable but wearable.
They are reasonably quick-drying, but not entirely. They are not made for persistent stretches of slush-coated ice: and once they are water-logged like that, don't dry out.
Because the X-Missions are so narrow, if I could find a different pair at that same price point with similar outsoles, I would get those; if not, I would definitely get these again because of the price and the confidence they inspire on slippery surfaces. Also, it is really great to be able to run securely in conditions that leave most people at home.


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