MASTER THE MOUNTAIN The perfect blend of traction, support, and flexibility, our classic mountain running shoe gets an update with a new abrasion resistant mesh with 3D printed overlays and an enhanced tongue. The midsole contains exceptional cushioning and technology for stability and a smooth ride on the trail.
New abrasion resistant mesh with 3D printed overlays for enhanced fit and support are complimented by an updated tongue and speed lacing system.
FluidFoam™ midsole for exceptional cushioning, flexibility and support. Patented FluidGuide™ technology for enhanced mid-foot stability and a smooth ride on the trail. Ride heights: 16mm heel/8mm forefoot.
Full length Gryptonite™ outsole combined with full length TrailShield™ for ultimate underfoot traction and protection.
More Grip. Less Slip.
TrailShield Forefoot Protection
Versatile midsole with smooth-riding cushion support for road or trail.
MORE GRIP, LESS SLIP.
Multi-directional lugs deliver aggressive traction across all surfaces.
Torsional rigidity and tough forefoot protection.
Happier trails with multi-directional support and impact absorbing cushioning.
Women’s Mountain Masochist™ IV Shoe is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Laces are not that badI’ve put about a hundred trail running miles on these shoes. I am a solid 8.5, and will round up if there are no half sizes, and I did not have a problem with the 8.5. I also didn’t have issues with the laces, either putting them on, or snugging them up. I use the heel lock on my other running shoes, but was OK with how tight I could make these. I have noticed however that the insert has slipped and shifted to the heel of the shoe. I like the cushion of the footbed. It really diminishes the feel of rocks and roots. What I was really disappointed with was the traction. I was expecting much more grip, but on surfaces such as wet rock, I do not trust them.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 1 out of
Update made for a poor shoeWhat I have loved about the MM is it's durability (570+ running miles on my last pair of MMIII before the sides starting blowing out); it's ability to accommodate my wide forefoot and still snug up on my heel. I have had 9 pairs of these shoes over the past 4+ years. And am currently scouring the internet to find more as the MM IV's are a poor imitation of what made this model great.
1. If you have a wide forefoot it is very difficult to get your foot into this shoe due to the speed laces. The laces are too short to allow the opening of the shoe to be wide enough to get your foot in
2. There is no ability to heel lock these shoes (also due to the speed laces). This may not be an issue if all you are doing are short walks, but it is a huge issue for runners. Within a few miles of wearing these shoes - and trying to tighten them enough to avoid heel slippage - I had an achilles heel injury that took weeks to resolve.
3. The overlays do not appear to be as durable as the previous webbing.
4. While the quality and materials seem to have gone to the cheaper end of the spectrum the price jumped a bit.
I am hoping (praying) Columbia Montrail will go back to the previous design for these shoes. They filled a niche in the trail running (ultra running) community for a stability shoe with good protection for the foot, great grip and longevity. There is no other shoe on the market that offers all of these qualities (trust me - I have been - and will continue to look).
I am in the process of trying to hack the speed lacing system so I can use regular laces. Will also mean modifying the shoe for an extra lacing hole. Why go through the effort you ask? Columbia's return policy. Unless the shoes are in pristine, unworn condition they cannot be returned. Even if the size is wrong or they are unsuitable. A far cry from Montrail's policy of working with you to ensure you had the right shoe with no issues.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 3 out of
too much changeI have been wearing the masochist line for years and have bought so many pairs. I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse and trail run in this brand, and have loved them. I can't say enough about how perfect they were. But with the last two models, there has been significant change, not for the better. With the MM IV, they run big so I went down half a size but they have stretched out so much now that I have to tie the laces really tight and still my foot moves so much in them. I personally do not like the new laces. I found them to be more of a hassle than the original and more difficult to get a good fit when tying. Also, I found the arches to be less supportive. not sure if that is because the overall fit is different than before. Either way, I'm looking forward to the next model (and some more colors!) and hope Columbia goes back to some of The Masochist's past designs
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 2 out of
Not all change is goodI've been a loyal fan of the mountain masochist for years. With the model update sizing has changed and I'm no longer a true size 8. The 7.5 is too small, but the 8 is too big, even when I wear my thicker wool hiking socks. I miss the old lace up feature. Sadly I think I'm going to have to find a new trail running shoe because these just don't fit right anymore with all the new updates. I actually created an account to write my first product review in my life- that's how bummed I am about this shoe update.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 2 out of
not the same shoe anymoreI have been wearing the mountain masochist for years -- I walk in them daily, I even run in them, and I hate to take them off. This new version shouldn't share the name. I couldn't get them on without cutting the new lacing system off since it didn't allow me to loosen them up. I figured I would put my own laces in but guess what, the "eyes" are too narrow for ordinary laces. So, if I lace the very top and the very bottom, I can put them on and they feel nicely cushioned but here's another surprise. Unlike my other mm's, these have higher and harder arches. Now that I managed to get the shoe open, I have to figure out how to crush the arch or I'll never wear them. And since they aren't in pristine conditions without the automatic lacing thing, doubt that I can return them.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of
Awesome stabilityThis shoe is worth every penny. I discovered the masochist line many years ago. I used to wear orthotics for pronation but this shoe negates pronation so well that I haven’t had to wear orthotics in years. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of
Great walking/hiking shoeThis has been my go-to shoe for easy trails and mountain hikes. The outsole is sturdy and long lasting, The new lace up feature is a great idea, but what happened to the heel loop on the previous version? Note that the ancient fossil color is actually gold; the blue was more appealing to me.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 3 out of
Love the old masochist modelHave not yet tried this shoe however have worn the masochist outdry for at least the last 10 years... there have been model changes and all left the shoe very functional for me! Love trail running in the masochist! Soft enough for cushion but rigid enough to protect your foot from rocks, roots etc. You can feel the ground without your feet hurting!
This model however has quick lacing. I have incredibly narrow heels. All previous models allowed heel lock lacing. This model does not appear to do so. I heel lock all my shoes and know that I will need to do the same with this one. I'm disappointed i will have to try and find a new trail shoe.
The shoe is a nice tight fit everywhere else. If you don't have narrow heels would absolutely recommend it!!!
Why I've worn them for 10+ years (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.