Dynafit Felines Chase the Snow — WildSnow Girl Shoe Review


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 22, 2013      

peaks around Juneau shimmer under this season’s first blanket of snow

Peaks around Juneau shine with a blanket of snow early season.

It is now winter in Alaska. But it wasn’t long ago when the first sign of snow sent chills of excitement through me, electrifying my spirit and plastering a huge smile across my face. First snow is even better when the white peaks are matched with bluebird skies. The glorious terrain shimmers in the sunlight, showing off a winter of endless possibilities to come. With the muddy trails of Juneau, Alaska, now hardened by colder temps, it’s the perfect time to chase the snowline.

Dynafit Felines in search of mountain mice.

Light on my toes and snow on my mind. Dynafit Feline Ghost running shoes weigh merely 267 grams per shoe, women's size 9.



Lightweight yet supportive, these shoes boast of brilliance. I was hesitant at my first try-on because normally I wear orthotics due to my high arches. The Feline Ghost’s trim design didn’t allow extra space for my insoles so I went without. All good. Excellent cushioning combined with the sleek fit was like running in ballet slippers. Footstep after footstep along the rocky, tree-rooted trail, hardly a sound was made as my feet remained cradled in the multi-pad soles. My arches felt supported enough and I was experiencing a new sense of freedom without the bulk. No heel slippage or wasted space — perhaps less is more?

Non-stretch fabric is another feature of these specialized trainers. The upper material is constructed of nylon that has yet to break-in and stretch like so many other shoes I’ve been through. Seamless technology decreases the chance of blisters and wear, which means not only will the shoes last longer, but the lack of stretch adds to the stability of the shoes.

Vibram soles pad these flashy kicks and the tire tread pattern creates traction whether on dry, icy, or technical terrain. Minimalist, yet supportive and comfortable…can one ask for more?

Shoes and peaks

With most of the puddles frozen over, I tested the water resistance of these shoes. After a little seepage onto the upper nylon, my feet were wet and cold. These are not the trail shoe for winter.

Promise of fun in the mountains ahead.

While heading out to the trail, I ran by Mendenhall Lake. Although there wasn't much snow in town, winter is clearly coming on strong.

the women’s specific feline ghost - perfect for those long alpine trails

The women’s specific Feline Ghost purr on long alpine trails. Also available in a men's version.

Get a pair of foxy Felines here. Perhaps something for your Christmas shopping list?



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2 Responses to “Dynafit Felines Chase the Snow — WildSnow Girl Shoe Review”

  1. SR November 24th, 2013 8:03 am

    Thanks for the review! I’m in the market for a well-padded, protective yet still fairly light trail runner, and will definitely put the Gore-Tex version of these on the short list.

  2. Brent November 25th, 2013 12:05 pm

    I put another 15 miles on my Feline Superlights yesterday in the Laguna Mountains of San Diego (red/white, non gore-tex version). Great shoe! They fixed the sole lugs this year… no more detaching.

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