They arrived at lunchtime. Very efficient service from Rat Race. I might use them again.
Click on the photos above to enlarge. My first impressions are very favourable. The fit is snug without being tight. In normal shoes I am size 8, but I always go up one size for walking footwear. In contrast to the Fastpackers, there’s no toe cap, but the rubber bumper should be sufficient. The fast lacing system is easy to use. Time will tell whether it is secure and robust. Walking around the house they feel just right. While the sole seems quite stiff, they flex easily enough when walking. The heel cushioning is good without being too soft. The grip looks very good and the rubber is softer than the Fastpackers. Until I field test them I won’t know, but I think there’s a good chance they should be good on both rock and grass. I’ve pencilled in early March for my first trip. Until then I’ll do a bit of dog walking in them and report back.