The 361º Ortega is a new shoe that brings the technology of the brand to the trail. The upper is closed mesh with no-sew welded overlays supporting the shoe, an extended saddle that is light and secure. A traditional toe bumper, rearfoot and eyestay supports, and a full rand add security and protection, and an external thermoplastic heel counter adds a touch of stability. The midsole is low profile molded EVA, with 361º’s Quickfoam element lending extra cushioning to the foot. The outersole is low profile carbon rubber, textured for grip, in a thin configuration that is surprisingly tough. The forefoot of the outersole is bonded to a spongy layer of polyurethane, adding a bit more cushion to the ride, as well as adapting to the trail. The combination of quality materials, efficient design, and a comfortable and adaptive ride make the Ortega a worthy contender for trail performance.
Testers: “Snugs well to the foot with good protection. Sure-footed on the trail, and does really well getting there too.”
Sizes: Men 6–12,13,14; Women 5–12
Weight: 11.5 oz. (men’s size 11); 9.4 oz. (women’s size 8)
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted
Recommended for: medium to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics