The fit of the shoe in the forefoot is slightly narrower than the Sense Mantra but is super flexible. Depending on your foot you may have to go up 1/2 size. There is slightly more wiggle room in the toe box & the 6mm drop keeps you in touch with the ground. The usual Salomon touches of a protective toes bumper, stiff heel cup, quick lace system and protective overlays keep the shoe light and comfy. The tongue is large to store the laces and keep out the grit, mud and snow. There is no rock plate but the deep chevron lugs protect from stone bruises & provide great traction. Have finished two trail runs in wet softer terrain with no slippage and no build up of mud in the lugs. The Fellraiser will definitely be my go-to-shoe for late fall, winter and early spring. Thanks Moosejaw for having the shoes in stock and getting them to me quickly.
These shoes are awesome all around trail shoes.I picked these up for adventure racing as well as ultras and they held up after taking a beating. The aggressive tread gripped well on all the hills. I haven't had them in much water yet but they seem to drain well. Very comfortable and light.