GoLite Footwear Spike Tail
I recently purchased these shoes for my upcoming section…
Use: Hiking w/32 lb. load
Break-in Period: None required
Weight: approx. 2 lbs.
Price Paid: $39
I recently purchased these shoes for my upcoming section hike on the Appalachian Trail. I have worn them around home, ran the highway in them a time or two and they are extremely comfortable. I liked the looks of the shoe as well as the weight and the price.
I will give a backpackers review after my late July section hike.
Update: October 6, 2009
As I said in a previous review, I liked the looks and the weight of this shoe. They were comfortable from the very first. I wore these on my A.T. hike from Dennis Cove Road north bound toward Damascus.
I had a couple of problems with these however; even though the souls had deep lugs, they slipped easily making for slightly unstable footing; secondly, they give NO ankle support and I found that I really do have weak ankles. For these reasons I could only give them 4 stars.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The ultimate protection for hardcore performance, the Spike Tail by Go Lite is built to fly through the most grueling terrain. Go Lite's patent-pending Isomorphic Suspension system is designed specifically for vertically rugged terrain above the timberline. When met with uneven terrain, the independent springs, or Trail Claws, each react with their own level of displacement. By isolating the uplift, Trail Claws engulf the space created by uneven terrain, rather than balancing the foot against a traditional flat and wobbly outsole plate. The result is improved stability on the trail. Gripperstick rubber's exclusive high-grip compound offers extra traction on slick surfaces, such as wet rocks, snow, and ice. The Spike Tail is designed with an adjustable insole system that can be individually customized for a better fit.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version
CLOSEOUTS . From the specialists in weight reduction comes the GoLite Spike trail running shoe, a highly advanced trail runner featuring GoLite's cutting edge Gripstick trail claw tread. Large, aggressive lugs form individual contact points to provide improved traction and shock-reduction on off-road terrain. Neoprene and Neoform upper Precise Fit customizable inserts Removable antimicrobial footbed External heel counter Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. Width: Z (medium)
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
With ultimate protection for the highest performance, the innovative Spike Tail is built to fly through the most grueling terrain. As the most supportive of the Go Lite trail-running line, it optimizes traction and control on the trail and features a seamless upper and PreciseFit system, all within a lightweight package. Innovative NEOform seamless polyester mesh/EVA upper. Powervent mesh helps keep feet cooler. Collar keeps scree (loose rock/debris) out. Antimicrobial footbed reduces odors. Long-life polyurethane midsole. PreciseFit customizable fit system with stabilizing heel cradle (use the included shims to fine-tune size to your foot). Self-adjusting laces keep an even tension while moving. Isomorphic Suspension outsole system adapts to rugged terrain.
- EMS refers to the men's version
GoLite built the Men's Spike Tail Trail Running Shoes for mountain terrain so burly that most runners wouldn't even call it a trail. The ultra-aggressive Vertical Motion outsoles ensure solid traction on rock, mud, dirt, and any other terrain you encounter. Lugs that move independently conform to the terrain below your foot for total traction every step of the way. GoLite constructed the Spike Tail Shoes' upper with a combination of synehteic NEOfoam and mesh for both durability and breathability. Then they completed the package with an integrated scree collar to keep rocks out when you traverse the words loose terrain around.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Technologically innovative GoLite trail-runners are built from the ground up to provide increased stability in endurance runs on grueling terrain. NEOform™ seamless uppers feature nylon mesh for breathability, with EVA welded to the mesh for structure and added durability. Nontapered, blunt toe design gives you more toe room and comfort for negotiating both inclines and declines. Toe bumpers and heel wraps have polyurethane dots to add abrasion protection in critical areas. Scree collars and padded, gusseted tongues enhance fit and help keep out trail debris. Nylon linings wick moisture away from feet to keep them dry and comfortable. PreciseFit™ EVA footbed system has additional inserts allowing you to customize the shoes to fit your narrow, medium or wide feet. Footbeds are washable and have antimicrobial topsheets to keep foot odor at bay. Stabilizing heel cradles lock your heels in place to minimize movement and friction; internal innerlock lacing system wraps and secures insteps. Polyurethane midsoles absorb shock, provide cushioning and aid in proper foot alignment. Pebax thermoplastic elastomer arch bridges and full-length plates further stabilize your ride and protect against sharp objects underfoot. Isomorphic Suspension™ system features Trail Claws that independently grip the ground to improve stability on rugged terrain. Aggressive multidirectional Trail Claws on Vertical Motion outsoles compress upon impact to create more surface contact, thus traction and stability. Outsoles feature Gripstick™ high-grip compound rubber for extra traction on slick surfaces.
- REI refers to the men's version