The idea of light weight high quality shoes with traction that could not be beat.
I play in the X-Talon 212 currently. I have trashed these things through two seasons of abuse now and they still offer me the best possible performance. Boots simply do no even come remotely close to the performance these adventure running shoes give.
They are considered a minimalistic off road running shoe. 212 grams weighs less than your cell phone...and that is a pair of shoes! They do require most people to learn how to use them since very few folks are used to the feel and do not have the proper muscle structure in thier legs to wear them for long periods of time. The first 24 hour scenario I wore mine to prooved just how little lower leg structure I had! But hte continued use of a minimalistic shoe will give you the muscle support you need for our sport.
The sole is a non clogging tread design that uses soft rubber lugs that allow your foot to wrap around objects creating a great traction pattern then any standard shoe or boot.
This ability to feel your footing while on the move actually reduces the chance of ankle roll greatly. Stepping on a rock that you would normally slide off of does not happen in these things!
The shoe design in the non GTX models allow for moisture to travel through the shoe to drain and dry quickly. Yes your feet get wet but they do not sit in trapped puddle of water like most boots. I wear mine in the winter, and with their ability to drain water my feet do not freeze off even though they are wet.
The X-Talon was also released in a limited high top design called the 240. The folks in our sport claimed they wanted the high top but the sales were lackluster and the design was dropped.
Now they have moved onto releasing the 195...that is a pair of heavyly cleating off road running shoes that weighs in at less than 7 ounces! I am seriously looking at these for my next pair.
Now I know the Roclite does not use the same tread patttern or lug design so the traction will be a bit less, but my daughter loves hers to the point of using them in standard workouts in the gym at her job.
The GTX models being waterproof only run into trouble when you swamp water over the rim. They do not drain as fast, but they do dry out pretty quick for a waterproof shoe.
I have held the 288 GTX prototype prir to its release. It is a very good shoe. And I would tell you to look past the price and make the purchase...they will blow you away in their performance. But do go out of your way to try them on! The sizing is different for everybody...some need bigger some smaller than what they are used to. Tyr them on prior to purchase unless you can get free return shipping with a company like Zappos.
If you want the best traction and the lightest weight shoe you have ever used...take a look at Inov-8
This post has been edited by Krazy8: 07 February 2011 - 09:34 AM