So, Trail Runner Mag rated this as their Editor's Choice last year - totally dead on. Excellent forefoot protection, jaw-drop grippage on all sorts of crap trails. (No wet trail check yet, there's NO RAIN in So Cal this year!) Comfort and support. And comfort and no blisters right out of the box.
I've been looking for a shoe that would protect the ball of my foot area. I've had Montrails, 5.10's, others. They all had adequate grip and comfort. They also all fell short of protection - I could feel a lot of the trail and rocks well deep into my feet. They hurt.
This shoe...oh yeah! Really awesome forefoot protection and I tried to run over the more rough patches just to try 'em out. Sweet! Not even close to pain! I did switch out the insole insert to the Superfeet Green one. But the other shoes also had that, so there's really no difference with regard to the insert.
Anyway, the traction/grippage: Going up a rather steep, slippery trail - loose, powdery dirt with small, tiny rocks on top of hard pan (ball bearing effect) - not barely a slip! I know for sure the other shoes I would have to oh-so-carefully hike up so as not to slip. These - not even a slip! Full on go without cause to step gingerly.
Then, for the way down, there's a local trail I've been apprehensive to descend due to its steepness and falling options. What the heck, tried it out as well. Golly! Again, total grippage without slipping out once. And none of that sissy I-don't-want-to,-I-hope-I-don't slip walking posture. I meant it when I flew down the trail.
So, bottom line - if you want forefoot protection, bomber grip/traction, and supportive comfort - get these shoes!