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GOLITE Storm Dragon

in Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters

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3.00 / 5 (2 reviews)

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Andrew Browne
( andrew_browne )

Mornington Peninsula AUSTRALIA
GOLITE Storm Dragon on 11/04/2007 21:27:40 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 2 / 5

My first impression was not good. Received them on Friday pm and put them on Saturday morning straight from their box for a 30 km walk at Wilsons Promotory.........formed tracks, broadwalks, rocky steps, some muddy track, some beach walking and a creek crossing.
Before I left the car park when putting the shoes on I managed to pull the lace on one shoe thru an eyelet and then when fitting the gaiters, one of the side slides pulled was glued but not sewn into place as the other slides were. A disappointing start to the day.
With regard to fit I found these to be the most comfortable shoes I have backpacked in. The toe box is wide and suits my foot, there could slightly more arch in the sole. The sole lugs definitely cushion the foot form ground impact. I had one creek crossing with total immersion of both feet and found the shoes very efficiently expelled what water did ingress. Combined with Injinji socks after 30 kms and 7 hours no blisters or hot spots on my feet. On the foot on which the gaiter was intact there was no ingress of mud, sand or white Injinji sock on that foot was still white.
The following weekend and a 20km 4.5 hours beach (sand, rock and creek crossings) sees me still happy with foot comfort apart from wishing for slightly more arch support. Whilst I didn't slip on the wet rocks, I had an apprehension that these shoes could slip.
Externally there is now evidence of wear on the undersole lugs and the upper sole where the toes flex looks like there is some fabric wear after only 50kms of use.
I have noted in the BPL Forums comments re GoLoites new range of shoes and that the 2007 or 2008 models have been improved and will monitor BPL awaiting updates from other users as for me this shoe is SO COMFORTABLE but I want a shoes that will last a couple of hundred kilometers. I would be prepared to pay more for better quality.perhaps Golite should make them in the USA rather than China.
As I live in Australia and purchased the shoes over the internet, haven't bothered with the effort to return them to doubt they monitor this website and will see my comments that they need to improve the quality of their product as I think the sizing and theory is great, but sorry only a 2

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Andrew Blair
( nicemarmot )

Most comfortable shoe, questionable durablilty for the long haul on 11/21/2008 18:58:36 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

I've walked in these shoes for about 30 miles. They are the most comfortable shoes I've owned. The toe box is wide and comfortable and the support around the foot and ankle feels secure.

I am a little concerned that after 30 miles of wear, the treads are a little chewed up and I question if these wonderfully comfortable, incredibly light shoes will be able to go the distance. As the above reviewer, I would pay more for a shoe that would last longer.

The first day after wearing them for a eight or nine mile hike, the logo screen printing peeled off from the inside of the foot bed. This didn't at all effect performance, but, it makes me wonder about the factory used to produce the product.

I have experience in screen printing, product design and working with factories mainly overseas. It could have been an anomaly but if there are other complaints, it might be time to source a new factory or agent.

I hope that doesn't make me sound like a snotty know it all, but this shoe and the Cayenne jacket I bought seemed to have all the pieces in place but problems in the execution that could be solved with a slight change in manufacturing.

-Cindy (the girly half of Cindy and Andy)

Edited by nicemarmot on 11/21/2008 19:03:22 MST.

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