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I haul myself out of my packraft and onto the rocky shore, wet from the tops of my farmer johns down to the GoLite shoes on my feet. Grasping my paddle with one tired arm, I reach down with the other and grab the pack, strapped to the bow of my packraft, and pull both it and the raft out of the water and onto the rocks. Looking down the river at the souse hole I narrowly avoided (by arresting myself on the shore), I wonder if I'm up to rafting Bear Trap Canyon, which is running at 4000 cfs. Time for some portage.

Mounting the pack and packraft onto my back, I join the other Backpacking Light instructors moving downriver over wet stones and up steep banks. As I move along, I'm impressed by how well my soaked shoes grip the rocks and dirt - I feel very stable on my feet and am able to move securely down to the next put-in site.


  • Introduction
  • Brief History of GoLite Footwear
  • The Testing
  • The Review
    • First Impressions
    • Footbeds
    • Snowshoeing
    • Backpacking and Trail Running
    • Packrafting
    • Wilderness Trekking Course
  • Conclusion
  • Specifications: Manufacturer:, Year/Model:, Materials: - Competition - Upper: Ballistic Mesh and TPU Cage; Outsole/Midsole: Rubber, TPU and PU, Last:, Size:, Weight:, Colour:, MSRP:
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good

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