I was forced to declare a pair of Roclite 280s "hors de combat" today, and consign them to the trash. An uncompromising running style through the bitterbrush and across the high elevation, short grass prairie was more than any ordinary shoe could handle, but in the end and was the abusive wear and tear from the hairy pasque flower that caused the uppers to give way and fail.
They were okay shoes and I got a lot of hours out of them between when I started using them last fall and now, and decent enough for training, but they weren't O' shoes and I didn't think the so called "standard fit" was near as good for off-trail use. With more rugged uppers, they could have lasted much longer.
Nearly all the snow on the trails at Happy Jack is gone now. All I saw today (where I was running) was one sliver of a patch of snow of about 4" x 5", which would not have lasted long in Phoenix. Mountain bikers will be out in force soon.