Why They're Cool
At a scant one pound 15 ounces per pair, I could feel the V-Lites maximizing my fuel efficiency with every step. Yet the full-height uppers shielded my ankle bones from rocks, stumps, and gravel. » Hi-Tec built the V-Lites around a midsole of shock-absorbing EVA, which made for supercomfy full-day trail hikes. » A composite insole ensured that rocks on the path didn't poke my tender arches. » Shallow rubber lugs on the outsole are optimized for traction in loose dirt and on sand-dusted slickrock. » Ventilation is excellent through the cloth in the suede-and-fabric uppers. » The top lace eyelets include clever snap-in hooks that maintain lace tension while you tie off.Hmmm . . .
Though they're sturdy for their weight, the V-Lites surrendered when I tried them under a backpacking load.