Comfort on the long run. Check.
Visually pleasing. Check.
A trail shoe that takes a beating and keeps on rolling (literally!). Check.
These are just a few of the many features that I have found on the new Tecnica Diablo Max M's during my training and racing adventures.New Balance MT1010, a comparison can be directly made to that of the Hoka One One Mafate. They are wide, padded, comfortable shoes that can take the pounding day in and day out on the trails. The Diablo's retail for a hefty $130.00 and come in the orange (as shown above) and anthracite. While expensive when considering trail shoes, they make up for it in the longevity of the shoe. Check out Tecnia's full trail running shoe lineup here.
Upper - the upper consists of a synthetic PU/mesh that breathes adequately and drains well when wet. I've taken the Diablo's out in the nastiest of weather here in New England and they've stood up to the test. The orange, grey and black overlays form a wrapping effect on the top of the foot and provide a comfortable, locked-in sensation. The Diablo's also have a toe bumper that in previous models has seemed to peel away after about 100-200 miles. With close to 200 miles on this years' model, no peeling away of the bumper has occurred.