Overview of this review
Notable elements of the Dynafit Trailbreaker Evo
- The Trailbreaker from Dynafit gets a bit of redesign in the form of the Trailbreaker Evo. Both shoes are meant to be versatile, with regards to all aspects of trail running. The Trailbreaker Evo falls under Dynafit’s category of Alpine running gear, which means it is made for the classic trail-running situations, including rugged terrain, uneven surfaces, and sloping trails.
- Many of the main features of the Trailbreaker are also present in the Trailbreaker Evo. These include the Alpine Air Mesh upper, the Pomoca® Gliding Path sole structure, and the Sock Fit construction. On the other hand, it also presents minimal updates, such as the removal of the Adaptive Grid element. There are also slight contrasts in the layout of the upper. The Dynafit Trailbreaker Evo is also a little heavier than the original version, although this difference is hardly noticeable.
Size and fit
The Dynafit Trailbreaker Evo is classified as “Sensitive Fit,” according to the brand’s fit guide. The Sensitive Fit roughly equates to the Medium width profile in standard running shoes. With Sensitive Fit, the shoe provides a relaxed forefoot fit, while the midfoot encourages motion guidance and stability with each step. Both the men’s and women’s versions of the Dynafit Trailbreaker is classified as Sensitive Fit.
Dynafit teams up with the Pomoca® to create the Gliding Path trail-specific outsole of the Trailbreaker Evo. The Pomoca® brand is known for creating, among other things, rubber compounds that are specially designed for outdoor activities, such as skiing, mountain climbing, and trail running. With the Gliding Path outsole system, the Trailbreaker Evo is not only equipped with traction for running, but also for gliding. The result is a shoe that has a balance of stable grip and smooth performance on both hard and soft grounds.
The midsole of the Dynafit Trailbreaker Evo is made from a single-cushioned unit of compressed ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It provides a flexible and adaptable ride according to the running surface. The Trailbreaker Evo also places importance in the heel-to-toe drop, as it intends to be used in short to medium distance runs. A comparable trail running shoe in this regard is the Salomon Speedcross 5.
For additional cushioning, there is an Ortholite sockliner placed above the EVA foam. This material is known for its antimicrobial property that is effective in maintaining a dry and odorless in-shoe environment.
The Alpine Air Mesh is the upper material employed in the Trailbreaker Evo. It facilitates adequate airflow and offers comfortable coverage. With a semi-tight weave structure, the Alpine Air Mesh prevents debris from entering the shoe. Underneath the upper is a fabric sleeve that serves as a moisture-wicking unit. It keeps the foot dry and also controls sweat from being absorbed into the shoe’s lining.
The Dynafit Trailbreaker Evo also uses a Sock Fit system, which aims to improve the fit of the shoe by means of a sock-like construction inside the foot chamber.