Timberland Invention Factory has developed a new shoe, the Carbon Fyre, which will be available from GoLite in Spring 2008. At 11.4 oz it will be the lightest shoe with the innovative Isomorphic Suspension system where lugs adjust individually to uneven trail surfaces. The Carbon Fyre is built for speed. (The 12.0 oz Versa Force – blue in photo – also available in the spring, offers more stability.) GoLite reduced weight by trimming the Trail Claw lugs and using a carbon fiber cradle for support. The shoe has an air mesh upper which should be more durable than last year’s mesh and the same glued on NeoFORM (a type of dense foam) to provide seamless support.
I’m hopeful about these shoes. I’ve been wearing last season’s Sun Dragons and absolutely love how good my feet feel after strenuous trail hiking. The Sun Dragons are deteriorating very quickly though. The mesh upper problem has been addressed in the Carbon Fyres but it remains to be seen how fast the soles wear.
Trail Claws on the GoLite Carbon Fyre.
Specifications and Features
- Manufacturer: GoLite
- Product: Carbon Fyre
- Weight: 11.4 oz
- Features: NeoFORM seamless upper, debris shield system, stabalizing heal cradle, anti-microbial footbed, Trail Claws, Gripstick rubber, PreciseFit system
- Sizes: men 7-13.5, women 5.5-11