Dynafit Feline Up Pro Review

Trail running on a loop above Grindelwald, Switzerland with the Wetterhorn in the background.

Kim running fast & playful above Grindelwald, Switzerland

The Dynafit Feline Up Pro

For the last couple of years, I’ve been a big fan of Dynafit’s Feline SL trail running shoe. Thanks to a precise fit for my narrow to medium width feet, it’s been my primary shoe for technical trails with loads of up. But this year, Dynafit came up with the Dynafit Feline UP Pro – a much more precise, performance oriented design with less drop and less weight – 65 grams less.

The good news for our team here at ALPSinsight is that we got our feet in some early release models. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait until spring 2019 when they officially launch. But back to good news… they are something to be excited about.

Kim and I have both been using these for a variety of trail running, from big, steep ups, to more normal, cruiser trail running. And while Dynafit hypes the up performance, I feel they are underselling what else the shoe can do. What goes up also has to come down, and it’s on the descents that we also really love the Up Pro. While Dynafit can’t call the shoe the Down Pro, it’s going down where they also shine, because unlike the relatively harder nature of the Feline SL, the UP Pro is cushy and more precise. And like always, Vibram’s sticky Megagrip sole provides a confident boost for rocky or rooted descents while the minimal weight and 4mm drop let you bounce quickly through technical terrain.

What we love about the Feline Up Pro

  • Precise fit thanks to a stretchy upper that form fits narrow to medium width feet. I wear mine a bit tighter and let the material hold my foot in place for the ups, while stretching a bit for the down. Fit is key, compare sizes to be sure you get it right.
  • Just 230 grams. Dynafit says the overall weight was primarily saved thanks to Vibram’s lighter sole material combined with a super simple mesh upper.
  • While light, and minimalist, with just 4mm of drop – they have just enough cush for pounding down.
  • The speed lacing system works! While the Feline SL had a keeper pouch, it often stretched out and the laces hung free. Not so on the Feline Up Pro, the pouch is much more fitted, covers the whole upper, and is easier to get the laces in and out of.

What we don’t love about the Feline Up Pro

  • That we can’t tell you they are available right now.

In summary, we leave you with one fact… Kim, a huge fan of Salomon’s S/Lab shoes, just may have a new favorite – the Dynafit Up Pro. The reason; for the same weight, she gets more cushion with the same amount of precision. And the fit is better thanks to the stretchy mesh upper.

Dynafit has hit a grand slam with the Feline Up Pro. And no, we are not paid to say so!

By Dan Patitucci

A trail running tour from Iffigenalp, near Lenk, Switzerland that crosses into the Valais before returning. Passing the Chilchligletscher.

Dan in rocky, alpine trail running terrain from Iffigenalp, near Lenk, Switzerland

A trail running tour from Iffigenalp, near Lenk, Switzerland that crosses into the Valais before returning.

Kim descending in Dynafit Feline Up Pros on loose rocky ground

Trail running on a loop above Grindelwald, Switzerland.

The Alps are all about vertical, get a shoe that excels at up and down

Trail running Val de Bagnes, Switzerland

Kim flying on smooth, Valais trails

Trail running on a sharp ridge line on Pilatus, a popular mountain above Luzern, Switzerland

Precise, stable shoes that do it all, and do it all very well.


Comments 2

  1. Hi, thanks for a good review!

    Late to the party here, but would you recommend the Feline Up Pro to a intermediate-ish runner for a 25 km race in rather hars mountain condition (race in western Norway – over two mountains + sections of marsh etc.) – or would it offer too little coushioning and protection?

    I’m a 175lb. male btw.

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      Hi Finn,
      I guess I can’t say how the shoes are for you these days as I haven’t used any of the new models, so I don’t know how they evolved. But based on how the shoe was, and Dynafit’s performance, I’d say they would be a good choice.

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