I already have a pair of Ultras (and now the Ultra 2), but I had several people rave about these to me, so decided to try a pair. I honestly had my doubts since the fit was so different than the Ultra, and I was really worried about the width of the toe box (I'm very sensitive to that). Did a couple short trail runs with them, and then took them out for a very hilly Rugged Maniac (at a motocross track) this past Saturday. Absolutely amazing, and LOVED them. So insanely grippy. While people in regular sneakers were sliding down the hills, I literally (just to see if it would work) stopped my run down in the middle, and stood on the hill, not sliding at all. Decent drainage too for sure. These are definitely going in my OCR rotation.
Been wearing these for trail running since they came out, and they fit just like the Ultras. The grip is fantastic, and have had 0 issues on the trails in Colorado. I'm still giving them a 5 star even though they don't drain super well because I knew that going in. Wore them at Savage Chicago this past weekend (flat course), and they were great on the obstacles, but like I said, don't drain great. Definitely takes a little extra time for the water to get out. BUT I still love them enough where honestly after the initial "oh they work like this," I didn't even notice it at any of the other water obstacles. I'll definitely keep wearing them on the trails, and looking to take them to OCRWC as well. I had to size up an extra 1/2 size. I have the XTRM 2 and have those in a 9, but for these had to get a 9.5.
Excellent shoes soupier gripping for down hill running but you must start making you shoes in wide I hate I had to get a size to big for me 13 wide is perfect and hard down you will have the best shoes on the planet