GoLite Footwear is turning performance footwear upside down – literally. The Soft Against the Ground Technology creates an out and midsole design that is counter to traditional performance footwear. The outsole is made of softer materials and a midsole consisting of harder materials. The SAT G technology is promoted as providing greater stability.
The SAT G technology shows-off in the GoLite Footwear Timber Lite, one of the company’s recent releases. There is no mistaking the Timber Lite are a fastpacking boot from the time they are unboxed. The lugs on the outsole are built to cover ground quickly, because they are shallow and are patterned similar to a running shoe.
The Timber Lite has a neutral last – the heel is the same height as the forefoot. Coupled with the SAT G technology, the neutral last is designed to allow a natural gait. The Timber Lite feels light once you slip them on. Once pounding the trail, the boot allows you to cover ground quickly as expected. The neutral last does what it says – feels natural. The neutral last on the Timber Lite is preferable for hikers that experience knee or back pain that can be caused by boots that have a heel lift.
Not all fastpacking boots can handle an aggressive ascent, because the lugs on a fastpacker are not deep set or patterned like a traditional boot. The Timber Lite took the uphill climbs effortlessly with little slippage during the ascent.
Numerous footwear companies use alternatives to Gore-Tex technology for water-proofing solutions. GoLite Footwear has also done so. The leather upper for the GoLite Footwear Timber Lite is waterproof guaranteed. And the boot held up to a several creek crossings and a short rainfall.
The GoLite Footwear Timber Lite is highly recommended for fastpacking treks. It is true-tested for keeping your feet dry and moving on the trails. The Timber Lite has a suggested retail price of $130.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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