SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: GoLite Speed of Lite Boot Review

Take a bite out of dirt and snow with the tough soles on this midcut boot.

by: Michael Lanza

GoLite Speed of Lite (<a href=www.sethhughes.com)" height="260" width="445">
GoLite Speed of Lite (www.sethhughes.com)

Gear Guide 2009: More Light-Duty Boots
Search through our extensive library for more reviews.

Fast and Grippy
Heads up, aspiring John Muir Trail fastpackers: The large, raised lugs on this nonwaterproof, leather midcut bite into packed dirt (and hard snow) like nobody's business. And they have the support for loads up to 25 pounds, said one tester after late-autumn hikes on and off-trail in Idaho's Owyhee Desert. He also noted that the leather uppers, which conform to feet better than synthetic fabrics, "hugged my feet and kept me blister-free, which is rare."

Unique in this category: a wraparound rubber rand that protects the foot and improves durability. Downsides: They're a little heavy, the lugs show early wear, and the rubber tends to skate on wet rock. They run small; go up a half to a full size. Best for medium-volume feet. $130; 2 lbs. 7 oz. Golite.com

gear finder



Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
Darn, very tragic news:
Posted On: Aug 23, 2014
Submitted By: double cabin
Trailhead Register
Your Yosemite Tips
Posted On: Aug 23, 2014
Submitted By: double cabin


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions