What You Want To Know
- Weighs round 10 oz. (283 g.) for a US M10
- Stable and easy design strikes once more
- We examined the prototype, future changes coming
- Takes the most effective of The Artist and the Base Mannequin and rolls ’em into one
- Accessible for pre-order in March 2022 for $115
MATT: Should you’re a daily reader of our opinions (and if not, what’s your drawback?), you already know that we’ve been on the Atreyu bandwagon from the beginning. Having simply wrapped up a follow-up piece after 300 miles in The Artist, I’ve been anxiously awaiting for the opposite shoe to drop (actually) from the Austin-based firm.
I had the pleasure of getting some very early sneak peeks on the Atreyu Base Path final yr, and was thrilled when a prototype confirmed up on my porch not too long ago together with a notice from Atreyu founder Michael Krajicek.
The Atreyu Base Path is the newest addition to the Atreyu lineup, in addition to its first off-road providing. In the identical manner that the corporate launched its race shoe, Atreyu is planning to open its first path pre-order window someday across the finish of March. For these of you already anticipating your subsequent buy, I’ve put collectively a number of first impressions after notching about 40 miles on my pair.
MATT: Now, I want so as to add a disclaimer earlier than we dive into the main points. The pair I examined is a pre-production unit, so there are a number of tweaks that I’ve confirmed are already within the works. I’ll name these out the place relevant, however simply wish to maintain that in thoughts as there could also be extra adjustments that the Atreyu staff decides to use earlier than the Base Path hits the market.
Let’s begin with the general idea — in typical Atreyu trend, the Base Path embraces a less-is-more strategy to design. Nothing is over-engineered and every part has a function, eliminating further supplies and options. That is an strategy that labored properly for each the Base Mannequin and The Artist, and I hoped that very same “success in simplicity” would carry over to the paths.
My US M10 weighs simply north of 10 oz. and Atreyu confirms that the ultimate manufacturing mannequin ought to weigh nearly the identical. As anybody who runs trails is aware of, 10 oz. is a fascinating purpose if you add on respectable outsole grip and different sturdiness elements.
The TPU reflective higher is tremendous skinny and breathable all through the toebox and midfoot, with some added padding across the ankle and heel cup to reenforce the hotspots. Most of it’s so skinny that it’s mainly see-through — quite a bit just like the not too long ago reviewed Altra Mont Blanc. The Atreyu Base Path’s tongue is padded with a smooth felt outer. It’s not skinny or gusseted, however it supplies simply sufficient safety from the lacing and helps assist the general match, which feels locked in and safe.
The midsole on the Atreyu Base Mannequin is admittedly the guts of the shoe, and I do imagine that the staff has utilized what they realized from each street fashions to create a very nice system for the paths. Its midsole stack is basically the identical because the Base Mannequin (21.5mm within the heel, 15.5mm within the forefoot) with a 6mm drop, however interprets extra to a 30mm and 24mm stack when you issue within the built-in eTPU sock liner and outsole.
So, whereas the midsole stack leverages the Base Mannequin design, the froth is definitely the identical supercritical EVA that you just discover on The Artist. All instructed, this mixture feels actually tuned-in on foot. The froth is smooth and soft to the contact, however it actually straddles that nice line between floor really feel and luxury whereas on the transfer. I took the shoe by quite a lot of terrain spanning technical singletrack, grass fields, and black-top, and I’ll say that it transitions very well.
What the staff at Atreyu has actually nailed is that synergy between the skinny, gentle higher, and the soft, reactive midsole. This was a serious downfall within the beforehand talked about Altra Mont Blanc. The elements really feel in unison and I felt safe and assured hitting some legit climbing and descents.
Lastly, the shoe includes a single-piece substrate rubber outsole, with a skinny 1mm base layer and three.5 mm lugs. The lugs themselves differ in form, with a mix of hexagonal and chevron lugs strategically positioned all through. This minimal base layer strategy is one thing we’ve seen from different firms like Hoka and Altra of late, using Vibram’s LiteBase tech.
Whereas the Atreyu outsole compound appears to be like to be their very own proprietary materials, I had a fairly related expertise to the much-heralded Vibram base. The outsole meshes properly with the midsole and total shoe development, extending that dialed-in really feel. The experience is secure and carried out properly in moist and muddy situations, and I had no points traversing water crossings.
From a safety perspective, I’ve a few issues so as to add. Whereas the higher itself is kind of minimal, the rubber outsole really wraps round and extends up, forming a layer of safety on the toe. The toe cap even accommodates a further lug for added traction. I inadvertently booted a root or two on a long term and got here out no worse for the wear and tear. There’s no rock plate, however this was by design. The staff at Atreyu famous the great mix of floor really feel and cushion gave the impression to be muted when one was included, and I’m completely satisfied to assist the design determination.
MATT: So, as I discussed above, this take a look at mannequin is a prototype. A few the weaknesses I seen are already being addressed previous to manufacturing, however I’ll embrace them on this part as I feel it’s truthful to color a full image of the shoe.
The laces and lacing construction have been fairly primary, with holes within the TPU for the lacing and never a lot else. I had no points myself however may think about that basically cranking all the way down to get the correct match may result in some early put on and tear. I already confirmed that the manufacturing mannequin can have a strengthened TPU overlay and backing to deal with that potential concern.
The opposite situation that I seen was the heel development. Whereas I didn’t have a lot slippage, the collar itself felt a bit stiff. The manufacturing model will as a substitute function a pullover development and elastane mesh/foam padding to switch the present microfiber materials. I’ll be concerned to check out this alteration as a result of I feel it was actually one of many solely downsides of the shoe.
Atreyu Base Path Conclusion
MATT: From my first impressions, I feel Atreyu has one other large winner on its palms. The loyal clients which have been racking up the street miles on the Base Mannequin and Artist the previous couple of years must be excited so as to add an off-road choice to their collections.
The Atreyu Base Path actually appears to be like to be the results of an organization taking the issues that it is aware of have labored from earlier designs and making use of trade data to fill the gaps the place wanted. The streamlined and easy strategy from Atreyu continues with its first path providing.
Atreyu’s different guiding gentle has been its worth. The Base Path is priced at simply $115, which is kind of the steal on this present $200 shoe market.
If you wish to get in on the motion, go over to Atreyu’s web site and sign-up to be notified when the pre-sale window opens (it’s at the moment projected for the top of March).