The first rule of buying running shoes is ask you yourself "what is my foot type, what do I want them for, what do I want them to do for me".
The crossmax neutral are, as they say, a neutral cushioned shoe ideal for people with high arches and for those who under pronate.
They are an all rounder, a typical door to trail, they don't specialise in anything.
If you want to run all day in the high mountains and fells through peat, bogs and tussocks then buy yourself some proper fell running shoes.
If you want to run from your front door, onto some light trail, then through some muddy forest tracks, up into the hills, then onto some hard compact foot paths then back home again without using your car then this is what these shoes are for.
The thing they do excel at is high mileage, they ideal for ultra running where mixed terrains are the norm.
I've done a few 28 mile runs in them and they were excellent, I recently did a 50 k ultra which 50% was road so I chose to use my road shoes instead as for long stretches of hard Tarmac they do become a bit on the hard side.
Things to watch out for -
They are a stiff ride, they have a rock plate on the sole so have very little flexibility....those making the transition from road to trail might find them a jolt from the bendy flexibility of road shoes.
DON'T be tempted to buy the gore tex version or the climashield. In my opinion buying waterproof trail shoes is completely pointless. If you stand in a deep puddle or bog and the water comes over the side all the gore tex will do is stop water escaping from inside your shoe and you'll end up with your foot in a bath of water and cripple your self with blisters.
Lace system - is totally excellent in my humble opinion, a great innovation.
I love my cross max, they do everything I need them to do and more.