GoLite Footwear Sun Dragon

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These shoes are what GoLite advertises them as - light…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Use: day hikes and trail running/racing
Break-in Period: Out of box
Price Paid: $60 @ EMS

These shoes are what GoLite advertises them as - light weight and fairly stable. However, they do not hold up to trail runs over 5 miles, wet conditions, or rough terrain.

In multiple hikes in the White Mtns of NH, the shoes got chewed up and the big lugs on the bottom of the shoe were almost ripped off the soles after a 12 mile hike (on fairly gentle dirt and rock trails.)

In a 14 mile trail race, the shoes were okay in the sense they dried quickly after getting wet and were pretty stable on the rocky and rooty trail. However, the foot bed and sole offered no protection to the bottoms of my feet and after about 8 miles my dogs were barking!

As I mentioned the shoes themselves dry out quickly if the uppers get wet but the soles become essentially useless when when. On mountain hikes and runs, the wet soles gripped nothing except soft sand and mud. I became nervous on a few occasions crossing slabby sections of trails when the soles had become wet. The lugs felt more like ball bearings than teeth.

All in all, decent running shoes for service roads or dirt paths. I would not recommend these to anyone interested in serious trail running or fast hiking.

Manufacturer's Description refers to the men's version

Our answer to sky running, the Sun Dragon provides maximum performance and protection in our lightest weight trail shoe (10.9 oz).

Upper: NEOform Seamless Upper, Powervent Mesh, debris shield system, self-adjusting laces. Fit: Trail Strike last, PreciseFit system, stabilizing heel cradle, varus wedge, anti-microbial footbed. Traction: Trail Claws, Gripstick rubber. Outsole: Trail Speed outsole.

Men’s PreciseFit system sizes 7-14.5
Women’s PreciseFit system sizes 5.5.-11

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Sun Dragon Men's Trail Running Shoes use GoLite's Metamorphic suspension system to ensure every single lug on the soles bite with every step on a rough trail. Combine this incredible traction with a low 10.9-ounce weight, and the Sun Dragon becomes a major competitor in the trail running shoe category. Their all-synthetic NEOfoam and mesh uppers dry quickly and allow excellent breathability on hot days. GoLite finalized the Sun Dragon Shoes' features with a stabilizing heel cup to reduce chances of a rolled ankle on the rough trails you run.

- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version

Description of GoLite Sun Dragon ShoesLight, quick and downright fast, Speed is the currency of race day. A legend at the epicenter where the sport began and towering icon of formidable terrain. The Matterhorn challenges anyone with the will to get up a

- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version

CLOSEOUTS . The trail running shoe has evolved, and the result is the Sun Dragon from GoLite, built with a highly-aggressive lugged outsole that not only increases traction on off-road terrain, but also reduces impact force. Precise Fit customizable insole allows you to adjust the fit to your individual foot size. Lightweight and breathable microporous synthetic upper Removable antimicrobial footbed Wicking microfiber lining Weight: 1 lb. 10 oz. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. Width: Z (medium)

- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version

The answer to sky running, the Go-Lite Sun Dragon provides maximum performance and protection in their lightest weight trail shoe.

- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version

GoLite Footwear Sun Dragon


The Sun Dragon has been discontinued.

$95.00 (men's)

The GoLite Footwear Sun Dragon is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen March 22, 2010 at Backcountry.com.

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