Rating: 4 / 5
These bright yellowy things have been like ballet shoes on my feet --fantastic flexibility and lightness makes one feel very nimble. Think Peter Pan w/ hotrod detailed footwear. For me---great comfort out of the box w/ minimal issues w/ the top forefront area which has plagued several other commentators of this shoe.
I personally like the lace fastener system which for me has been fast and secure. The mesh material breathes fantastically well and allows for rapid drying. The mesh also seems very durable.
There is some stitching on the sides of the shoe which I feel exposed enough to suffer through abrasion. I applied seam seal to mitigate this. On Rocky ground the thin sole and insole provides fairly little protection from bruising. I took out the stock insoles and put in Superfeet which helped a lot. The soles provide good traction but have a shallow profile and will wear faster than, say,
my Montrail Vitesse's or Masai's.
I like the idea of the gaitor system, included, which uses a track system and intregal hardware on the shoe to fasten the gaitor. The gaitor, itself, is made of a stretch woven material which feels as if it will not be particularly long-lived. Not as robust as my Montbell stretch woven gaitors.
All in all, one of my favorite ultralite trailrunners but not my 1st pick for my higher alpinesque off-trail ventures. I would want a more durable sole and better cushioning from sharp rocks underfoot. I think it great for canyoneering or journeys with many stream crossings or on the trail.
The other fly in the ointment, of course, is that Timberline discontinued this shoe ( there is a Goretex version still available but the material used is defeating the purpose of having a shoe that works in hot weather and dries out quickly). I hope that Golite, which collaborated w/ Timberland in designing this shoe, will continue similar efforts in the future.