Why We Chose The Dynafit Feline Up Pro: Lightweight, great sole unit, a brand with strong alpine heritage.
If you don’t come from a ski touring background, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Austrian-born, German-based outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer Dynafit are new kids on the block. This couldn’t be further from the truth however. This is a brand with a very strong heritage, one going all the way back to the 1950s.
Innovation has always been at the forefront of Dynafit’s ethos, with the company gaining the original patent for the Tourlite ski binding design – the world’s first pintech ski binding – and the core design of this remains relatively unchanged yet imitated by many other binding manufacturers to this day.
“Dynafit have created a running shoe that’ll get you to the summit as fast as your body allows, via the most direct line up the mountain side.”
With all their experience in getting skiers uphill on the lightest, most efficient gear possible, it makes sense that Dynafit have also looked to aid runners by developing some of the lightest trail running shoes on the market – you can’t ski all year round in Germany, after all.
This is where the Feline Up Pro comes in. Dynafit have created a trail running shoe that will take you to the summit as fast as your body allows, via the most direct line up the mountain side.
The crucial feature is the aggressive outsole. First you have the sticky rubber compound; a Vibram Megagrip optimised to give as much wet and dry off-road traction as possible.
Then you have the deep, arrow-shaped lugs to help claw you up the mountainside, whilst planting you securely on the ground for the downhill. These have also been cleverly designed so that mud will shed rather than clinging on and clogging things up.