- June 6 2011
great concept, poorly executed
Golite is on to a terrific idea here: a zero-drop but fully cushioned outsole and an upper that is free of laces, using a toe post (yes, a post between the big toe and second toe) and some velcro straps to secure the foot in place. As one who is gradually moving away from the elevated heel typical of most trail runners, but not ready to abandon a cushioned midsole, I absolutely love the outsole/midsole here. The last is very straight, which is unusual in low-drop shoes, and the insole is a great fit for my foot. Unfortunately... the structure of the velcro straps is inadequate to the task of securing my foot in this shoe. It should not be hard to do (see Chaco, five fingers straps), but for whatever reason this shoe can't manage it. A real bummer, as I love to stand in them and love the life-jacket orange look. Wish they would make this exact shoe, but with a more conventional lacing system that keeps the foot secure.
- October 11 2011
Not Ready for Prime Time
I had great expectations for this shoe as I run gnarly trails in Colorado and frankly, my Vibram Five Fingers are a little thin for this kind of stuff--at least for me. The essential problem with the Tara Lite was the Velcro straps. In order to make the shoe fit there are Velcro-backed straps across the instep and another behind the heel. First, I had to go down a half size from my typical runnnig shoe size because the former was too big. So size 9 fit fine in length. Still, I had to max out the Velcro-backed straps to make the shoe feel that it was on my foot properly. Even then there was some heel slippage. The problem was that there was no more strap to adjust; I had these long straps haging loose and affixed by only a minimal amount of Velcro. That's a deal breaker. Unfortunately, because of the strap issue, I was not able to give these shoes the run test I wanted; I was not interested in heading out on the trail with a slipping heel. That said, the bit of running I did do in them identified that the "soft against the ground" sole really did offer superb rock protection. I had great hopes for the toe thong structure of this shoe but, once again, with the minimal trail run that I was able to accomplish, I was unable to rate the effectiveness of the toe thong. Overall, I believe that Go Lite is onto something here, but they need to get the fit right as well as real-world test those Velcro-backed straps.