Nikes top-end trail shoes had gone off the boil over the last couple of years because they showcased the companys flat, sticky-rubber G-Tek outsoles. These outsoles were great on dry surfaces, but hopeless on mud, so Nike is now moving back to traditional lugs that work better.
The Crested Butte 2 still isnt the greatest trail shoe in the world its lugs dont give as much traction as those of other shoes, including Nikes own Storm Pegasus
, and it flexes in the midfoot rather than the forefoot, which reduces smoothness and support.
What it does have, though, is a Gore-Tex and Dri-FIT upper to keep water out a heavy-duty alternative to the weatherproofing on the Storm Pegasus. Thats okay as long as water doesnt get over the ankle collar, but it does make the Crested Butte pretty warm in all but the lowest temperatures.
The new Crested Butte is a sign that Nike is thinking about grip again when it comes to off-road shoes. But unless you really want its Gore-Tex upper, its still not the greatest option.
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