I bought these GoLite shoes a few months ago, and wrote a very excited and optimistic post about them.
Today I have a different story to report. 🙁
I hiked a grand total of 3 hikes in them: a quick overnight to Kendall Katwalk, a day hike to Annapurna in the Enchantments, and the West Coast Trail.
Comfort and trail-use wise they performed really well. As I said in my first post – they are amazingly comfy and had excellent traction on a lot of terrain. However, durability wise, they were appalling. I'm amazed how badly they appear to be falling apart after a total of 7 days on trails.
Read on for more pictures of the damage.
Here's a shot from the top of the left shoe shoe:
This is one of the biggest tears – a flap of about 3/4" x 3/4" has opened up exposing the material underneath.
Here is a shot of the top of the right shoe:
This time the tear is about 2 1/2" long right across the crease in the toe-box. You can also see that the toe-kick at the front is peeling – although I would expect some scuff damage here.
On the side-shot, you can see another 1" tear in the blue fabric.
And finally the lugs on the sole seem to be wearing at an alarming rate.
I'm not the first person to notice the poor durability performance of these shoes, here are a few other user reviews:
I stopped using them and gone back to my trusty old Salomons.
I'm really surprised that GoLite is selling these with such a design flaw. I can't imagine they would not have tested them for more than seven days.
I have noticed that REI is no longer stocking them in the Seattle store and all of the ones they had are now in the bargain bin.
The GoLite gurantee says "We guarantee every product we make. The GoLite Guarantee is simple: we want you to be happy with your GoLite product.", so I contacted their customer support to see if they consider this 'normal' wear or not.
I'll post the response that I get.