In my search for a Stratos successor, I wore these on the Northern Arans backpack, a good route for a first test involving a mixture of rocky terrain, steep descents, edging on steep rough tussocky slopes and a section of road walking at the end.
Although they felt slightly stiffer than the Stratos in the house, they flexed very well on the hill and on the road walk while the extra transverse stiffness made them excellent for edging rough tussocky slopes. The lowish height of the mid cuff was just right to prevent the excessive foot-roll that plagues low cut shoes in these scenarios, and the snug lacing system felt very secure while maintaining plenty of room at the toes.
I get a satisfying glow from these in that there is no redundancy here: they have a sleek economy of line, no unnecessary thick padding to add weight and a general simplicity about them. They performed very well indeed on this first backpack and I think I’ve found the Stratos replacement.
I’ve updated the Footwear subsection on the main site with some more detailed notes.