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  • The Dynafit Feline Vertical Pro provides runners with extra protection through its Carbon Shield plate. With this technology in place, the underfoot is safe from injury or pain caused by rocks and other sharp objects commonly found on the trail.  It also acts as a stable platform that gives runners a slightly more balanced run.
  • Because of its minimalistic midsole and upper, the weight of this shoe is lighter compared to most trail running shoes. Runners will be able to hit the trail without feeling burdened or slowed down because of how heavy the shoe is.
  • The Vibram outsole was designed with a vertical tread. This special pattern allows runners to have a better grip when climbing mountain faces or slopes that are inclined. This benefit is complemented modestly by the Vibram MegaGrip Compound’s sticky characteristic.
  • A secure fit is established by the lacing system which was designed to be pulled and tightened easily. Dynafit calls this their Quick Lacing System. Runners can easily tighten the laces as well as loosen them up by pulling on one end.

The Dynafit Feline Vertical Pro is a unisex shoe, but the length and width measurements are based on men’s sizes. Male runners can make use of their usual size preferences, but female runners might need to review sizing guides or charts for an accurate fit.

The outsole is made up of the Vibram MegaGrip compound. This material is specially formulated for trail running because it delivers the right amount of grip on both wet and dry surfaces. It is highly durable, so runners don’t have to worry about early signs of wear and tear. Despite its sturdiness, it still retains its flexible and ground adaptive qualities for a more balanced and secure run.

The bottom part of the shoe was designed with vertical lugs that permit runners to feel more secure when climbing a slope or a mountain face. The lugs look like arrows, some pointing straight upward and downward. Others are slightly slanted towards different directions to provide multi-directional grip and consistent ground perception of the terrain.

On the midsole is an extra plate of protection called Carbon Shield. Because the shoe was designed to go over the trail, it is highly likely that the runner will encounter objects underfoot that could cause injury. The plate was added to protect the bottom of the foot. Aside from acting as a defensive layer, it also offers a durable and balanced running experience. The Nike Downshifter 7, also a neutral running shoe, offers a similarly constructed platform, which makes it suitable for daily runs.

The heel-to-toe offset of the shoe is 4mm. Because of the low drop, the foot is encouraged to take on a more natural position. The runner is more aware of the ground which greatly helps with surefootedness while running on uneven ground or technical terrain.

The Minimal Fit System was incorporated into the upper, so it is has a minimalist feel. It doesn’t have a lot of overlays but does have a thin film that covers key areas. The film delivers the right amount of snugness and security without compromising the shoe’s weight, precision, and reactiveness.

The upper is equipped with a Quick Lace System that allows convenient tightening of the laces. Runners don’t have to make small adjustments by tugging on the laces to get the right fit. With just one pull, the fit becomes snug and secure. The same goes for when the runner wants to take off the shoe. One pull and the laces are loosened instantly.

A breathable synthetic mesh is the main material the upper is made of. This material is light and ventilated, allowing air to pass through the shoe easily. It reduces hotspots and makes room for plenty of flexibility which makes the upper move together with the runner’s motion.

Inside, an extra insert was added for long-term cushioning and comfort. The insert is called the Ortholite Sockliner. Aside from providing lasting comfort, it also combats bacteria. It has anti-bacterial characteristics that fight odor, as well as absorbent qualities that keep the foot dry during runs.

How Feline Vertical Pro compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: $165
All shoes average: $130
$60 $250
This shoe: 8.8oz
All shoes average: 10.4oz
5oz 24oz
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.