Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 10.2oz
Women: 8.8oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Most reviews mentioned that the Dynafit Feline SL delivered a good amount of protection to the foot.
  • Some users said that the forefoot was roomy but their feet still felt secured.
  • The shoe’s light weight was a popular pro among testers.
  • A few users observed that the toe box had enough wiggle room.
  • Plenty of users were impressed by the level of grip the shoe offered during the trail running sessions.
  • The lace pocket was a welcome shoe feature, based on several reviews.
  • Despite the level of protection, most runners were happy to report that the shoe kept their feet cool.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most testers felt that the entire shoe was a tad narrow for their feet.
  • A majority of users experienced some flimsiness in the upper, especially on the midfoot zone. One user accounted that was because of the lack of overlays on this area.

Bottom line

Dynafit’s Feline SL is a neutral, trail running shoe that can provide the utmost protection on the trails while also presenting runners with the benefits of using a lightweight shoe. Specifically designed to tackle soft ground, mud, and snow, this shoe is a solid mid-priced option for those looking to speed through the trail without worrying about slipping and bumping into objects on the trail, which can cause injury.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 26 ratings

5 star
58%
4 star
23%
3 star
8%
2 star
0%
1 star
4%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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86 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runssel Blogspot Com • RUNssel • Level 3 expert

    A well-rounded shoe that does not hold back.

  • 85 / 100 by Trail Running Mag UK • Trail Running Mag UK • Level 3 expert

    An exciting, technologically-advanced mountain running shoe.

  • 87 / 100 by Feed the Habit • Jason Mitchell • Level 2 expert

    The Dynafit Feline Superlight trail runners are loaded with technology only Germans can deliver. The whole package functions well and provides excellent comfort combined with out-of-this-world traction.

  • 87 / 100 by Run Blogger • David Henry • Level 2 expert

    The shoe performs just as good or better than those inov-8s with more versatility.

  • 88 / 100 by Back Packer • Shannon Davis • Level 1 expert

    A lightweight trail runner that hits a sweet spot of precision, comfort, and protection.

  • 87 / 100 by The Tom Girl • Monica Purington • Level 1 expert

    If you find yourself typically running on steep, rocky scree fields this shoe is for you.

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Updates to Dynafit Feline SL

  • There are several features that make the Feline SL fit for running on various trail conditions. Starting off with the features on the upper, runners are given the option to hide the laces via a lace stowing stretch mesh. This extra covering keeps the laces secure, preventing them from unraveling and being cumbersome while the runner is moving. At the same time, the gaiter gives lightweight protection to the foot while keeping it in place.
  • For flexibility, the upper is also equipped with Dynafit’s Adaptive Grid, which looks and functions like a bellow. This structural design provides flexibility to the upper of the shoe, permitting it to expand and contract as the foot does during running.
  • To protect the tip of the toes, the Ballistic Bumper was added. Because this structure is tough, it lessens the impact felt by the toes when the runner accidentally bumps into objects on the trail such as rock, tree stumps, and the like.
  • Underfoot, runners can run confidently without worrying about early signs of wear and tear. This is all thanks to the durable Alpine Outsole by Vibram which was particularly designed for alpine running. It provides a good deal of lateral stability and an enhanced grip.
  • The midsole of the shoe also plays a role in supplying the shoe with favorable flexibility. This is because of Dynafit’s Multipad Midsole, which is composed of individual sole units. These structures enable the platform to be more adaptive, especially when traversing rugged terrain.

Dynafit Feline SL size and fit

Dynafit’s Feline SL comes in regular running shoe measurements. Runners can procure these shoes in their usual running shoe sizes. The same goes with the width measurements. Medium or standard widths are available for both male and female shoe versions.

Outsole

In order for the shoe to withstand rough or technical trails, Dynafit utilized the Vibram Mapping Compound on the outsole. This provides the ultimate grip on various terrains because of its chevron tread pattern.

The gripping lugs are shaped like arrowheads, some facing upwards, some downwards. This arrangement is mainly responsible for preventing the runner from slipping when on loose soil or wet surfaces.

Midsole

Providing the shoe with a good amount of flexibility is the Multipad midsole. Dyanfit calls it Multipad because there are independent sole units on the midsole that adapt to the demands of the trail. Whenever the runner runs on the ground, the sole unit reacts. The same happens when the runner steps on hard terrain – the denser sole unit comes into play and protects the runner’s foot from injury while providing a good amount of energy return.

Upper

On the upper, the Dynafit Feline SL is equipped with Sensitive Fit. From the name, this technology adapts to all kinds of foot shapes, providing a snug fit without hindering the natural movement of the foot. Furthermore, this shoe feature enhances the balance control and encourages muscle coordination.

On the sides, the Adaptive Grid is found. This structure seems like it is connecting the front bumper on the heel, making a streamlined structure of protection for the foot. Aside from giving the shoe some flexibility, it also improves ventilation because this structure shows off the breathable upper material. It also provides lightweight support to the sides of the midfoot.

Moving on to the lacing, Dynafit thought it convenient to add their Quick Lacing System to the shoe. This allows the runners to easily tighten or loosen the fit of the shoe based on their preference. Incorporated with the lacing system is the lacing gaiter. This featured hides the laces, preventing them from becoming an interruption while the runner is in motion.

When trail running, accidentally bumping into objects is inevitable. As a solution, Dynafit added their Ballistic Bumper on the tip of the shoe. Commonly known as the tow cap, this structure lessens the impact on the foot and protects it from injury.

Inside the shoe is an Ortholite footbed, which serves as extra cushioning and an aid to other features of the midsole. Apart from that, it also keeps moisture away from the foot, delivering the benefits of a drier in-shoe environment.