DYNAFIT ALPINE REVIEW | The Ginger Runner
The alpine is a low, slung, lightweight, flexible and fast shoe designed to provide you enough protection and comfort for races and speedier efforts. The upper mesh is covered in a good amount of welded overlays. The midsole is a soft, yet responsive layer of cushion reminiscent of a solomon scent series shoe skinny, stretchy laces, a heel, preloaded, strap and gusseted tongue work together on fit while the vibram outsole guarantees grip is the alpine from dynafit, a company renowned for its chemo and Mountain gear able to compare against direct competition like the scent pro or the north face. Vective series is dynafit doing enough to help the alpine stand out. Well, we hope to answer some of those questions in today’s review: let’s dive in Music. What is up everybody ethan newberry, the ginger runner here for another ginger runner review i’m excited about today’s review, because i have never reviewed a product from this brand we’re talking about dynafit, specifically the dynafit alpine, so i’m actually been really excited about this brand. For a long time, one of my favorite youtube channels mediocre amateur, a couple of those guys wear all dyna fit gear and they have a lot of experience with skimo, mountaineering and trail running. It was about time that i got a dynafit trail running shoe into rotation. So let me first start as always by mentioning that this shoe was provided for review by dynafit i’m under no obligation to say anything, positive or negative about the review i’m, not financially compensated for this review.
No one has to approve it. You are the first to see it. Let’S start talking about it. As you probably know, by now every product that i review, i usually talk about the things that i like and dislike. The dynafit alpine is no exception. Let’S start talking about the things that i like light and fast. That is the first thing that i really noticed about this shoe is just how dynamic it is, how much it really wants to propel you forward lightweight. I guess is sort of relative it’s about 11 ounces in my size, size 11, 313 grams, which isn’t on the lightest end of the spectrum, but compared to heavier duty, really durable shoes out there in the trail running around 11. Ounces is doing okay, i think, with the shoe the sensation of feeling light. Feeling fast is really what won me over. I just like putting it on my feet, feeling like i have a tempo day or a day where i’m going to be working on intervals or hill repeats, or something uh not doing a ton of distance, but perhaps just focusing more on the speedier efforts. That is where the shoe just really comes alive, it’s, light it’s, fast, it’s also still fairly flexible, while providing enough protection underfoot, which actually brings me to my next like the protection. So, despite the fact that i feel that the shoe is sort of oriented more towards the faster efforts, the higher tempo efforts, speedier workouts or races, it still provides you with the protection that you need.
I’Ve seen that from other shoes that sort of dive into that lighter weight realm, they don’t provide the protection they don’t last a long time. This is holding up really well, as i mentioned in the intro, the shoe is covered in welded overlays, so you’re getting all sorts of toe protection side of the foot protection, both laterally and medially there’s enough protection underfoot with the vibram outsole to protect you from rock Sharp rocks and different uh technical terrain. I really like the tongue one because it’s gusseted, but two it has this really soft kind of cushion to it without being overly bulky. So what happens? Is the shoe covers your foot in a protective way without being intrusive or feeling like you have too much on your foot? It does a good job of it and finally, the vibram outsole vipre mega grip has been one of my favorite outsole compounds. Now, for a long time, if you’ve watched my reviews over the years, you know that anytime, a shoe has a vibram outsole. I tend to get excited about it and i tend to recommend it because of the amount of grip the shoe has there’s a lot of other rubber compounds out there. Some are good, some are not vibram. Mega grip tends to be one that i do. Favor we’ve got it here and i’m excited about that. That is another reason why i think this shoe is a successful shoe. It just allows it to work in a lot of different terrain and weather conditions.
It’S holding up as well as mega grip is held up. So quite well so overall really liking the grip in the shoe. The vibram outsole is a wonderful choice by dynafit that being said, it’s, not all peanut butter, cups and massage guns hitting those pressure points. There are a couple of things that i dislike about the dynafit alpine let’s get to those now fit. This is probably going to be the one area where this shoe may not work for a lot of people. Well, there were days where i did end up making it work and i didn’t feel like it was such an issue. There were other days where the fit was an issue and something that was really kind of driving me crazy, first and foremost, you’re gon na need to size up. I normally wear a size 11 pretty much across the board. There’S only been a few instances where i’ve had to really adjust that i wear a size 12 to 12 and a half in the dynafit alpine. That was a surprise for me with the brand again not having reviewed them in the past uh. It could be because they’re coming from the ski boot round the schema realm, where sizing can be all over the board, but very precise when you get it right. So perhaps that’s the case here, regardless you’re gon na need to size up one to get you a shoe. That is long enough for your foot and two to get you a shoe with enough volume to accommodate your foot.
In addition, i really dislike these laces. I don’t think they do the shoe any justice they’re very round and stretchy and thin it’s hard to get a good tie down in the shoe. Also because there’s, not enough eyelets, for you to do any sort of heel lock or specialty lacing it. It just doesn’t. Really want to lock down, so what i do find is that around the ankle collar you do get fluctuation in fit. That has ultimately been my biggest dislike with the shoe uh, so it’s gon na take some getting used to if you haven’t, worn dynafit in the past and finally drop. The dynafit alpine has a six millimeter drop, which is not extreme by any means. I do tend to favor the four millimeter drop uh. It just tends to be sort of what i prefer, but here i think, with the six millimeter drop plus the sort of rocker technology that they they advertise and market uh. It feels much higher. It almost feels like a ten millimeter drop, shoe it’s, one of those instances where i felt like i was leaning forward in the shoe and when you’re running in it, you do tend to want to scuff your heel a bit more just because the drop and the Angle is a bit more extreme, or at least it feels as such it’s not going to bother a lot of people, but for me it was something i noticed right out of the box.
The shoe does feel better now that i have broken it in probably around 55 65 miles or so uh you’re you’re gon na feel, like your heel, is certainly lifted above the forefoot some people that won’t bother for me. I noticed it, but that is pretty much it for diss lights. So at this point i like to get a little bit more specific talk about uh five different criteria with the shoe, build quality, comfort, fit price and looks let’s go ahead and dive in there. Now talking about build quality, i do think dynafit is, is renowned in the skimo world and mountaineering world for creating really good top quality gear for mountain experiences. While they don’t have a lot of experience in their trail running line, i hope to remedy that they do have a lot of different trail, running shoes and and packs and all sorts of things. I do think that the dynafit alpine is a really good indication of what to expect it’s high quality it’s, a durable shoe, it’s, holding up really really well using high quality materials like vibram outsole and the mesh and all the different materials that they’re using in the Upper has created a really durable, well built shoe it’s, a good thing comfort. I do like this midsole. I think the midsole provides you with enough resiliency responsiveness and a subtle cushion it’s, very reminiscent of a solomon’s sense pro or some of the other solomon scents series.
Shoes it’s going to be one of those shoes that really wants to propel you forward quickly, efficiently, it’s, not going to bog you down with added weight or added cushion that sort of loses that energy or propulsion, so so far, comfort is actually doing quite well. I also really like the gusseted tongue. I think that feels really good. Despite the fact you don’t really get a good lace down fit. This is the shoe’s biggest weakness, as i mentioned, you’re going to have to size up, not by a little, probably by a lot and you’re not going to get a great lockdown with the laces. I don’t think that this heel preloader as they’re calling it does a great job of locking your heel in i found that my heel wanted to kind of slide in and out from time to time so fit, i think, is the biggest drawback with the shoe once You get a good lockdown, i mean, i hope it stays price. The shoe is priced right now at 1′ dollars. I think it’s a little bit steep, but at the same point we’re seeing so many different trail shoes kind of come in around that price point uh. So i’m, not gon na really hate on it for being at 1′. Again, it is also a boutique brand, more known in the skimo realm, so i kind of anticipated it being a bit more of an expensive shoe. I am intrigued by the dynafit ultra 100, which is priced around the same supposed to have more cushioning underfoot, probably be closer to the north, face vective enduras versus this, which is maybe closer to the flight vector without the carbon plate.
So at 1′ i think it’s, a decent price point for the shoe that you get a fast fun grippy. You know, it’s got a lot of good things going for it and finally looks. I actually really like what dynafit is doing here. Uh, if you just scroll through the dynafit website, they have all this gear. You know again packs jackets, uh ski gear. I think it all looks really good. I think dynafit has a really great design department. They choose bright colors. They have really nice designs for their shoes. It is again reminiscent of solomon’s stuff but it’s also exciting, and a bit innovative, which i really enjoy biggest grind, is that the insoles of these shoes say no pain, no gain as a trail runner. I just don’t think that message really works. The last thing i would ever want to do is tell someone hey you’re experiencing pain. You got to just keep pushing it’s the only way you’re going to get better. Of course, when you’re talking about workouts and things like that yeah, you know there’s pain you can push through, but as an overall motto or message that you want to deliver through your trail running gear cringe. So, in conclusion, the dynafit alpine is a lot more fun than i expected it’s. A perfect example of if the solomon sense, pro and solomon’s sense ride had a little baby with a vibram diaper. I think that’s sort of what you’re going to be getting out of this shoe it’s fun, it’s, fast, it’s, quick, it’s, fairly lightweight flexible, but providing you with enough responsiveness to propel you, while i don’t recommend it for the longer distance stuff.
I certainly have a lot of fun doing anything from 6 to 12 miles in the shoe. However, it does suffer from sizing issues and fitment issues. Some will be able to look past. I was some will not, however, what the alpine does do. It gets me excited about the ultra 100, which is another shoe from dynafit that has a bit more cushioning underfoot, maybe a bit more protection over the top and is meant for those longer efforts. So that’s you hopefully i’ll get my hands on it my feet into it and toss it through the ginger runner gauntlet and get a review going for you as well. That, however, brings us to our final criteria. Is the dynafit alpine a buy, try or a? Why? Just really distilling it down to uh the most basic of criteria. I would say this is a clear and solid: try it’s a new brand for me, uh when it comes to trail running it’s, probably a new brand for you. Some of you might already have your feed issues from dynafit, but if you have not consider it i’m excited to see what else they do, i hope they continue to push into the trail running scene. More and more, it reminds me a bit of what pearl azumi did years ago, really made a splash on the scene. People really dug their shoes uh. I just hope that then, if it just doesn’t disappear from the scene, because i think what they’re doing here is good and i’m excited to see what’s around the corner, so solid, try and that my friends is it for today’s review.
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