Gear Reviewed: La Sportiva Crosslite Trail Shoes
I purchased the La Sportiva Crosslite trail shoes based on their weight, low profile, aggressive tread, and rave reviews (MEC, Amazon). Unfortunately both my shoes blew apart after less than 100km (62mi). The biggest design flaw with these shoes is the mud / scree guard covering the laces. In theory the guard is intended to keep the grit out of your shoes, but it also makes it difficult to snug up the shoe’s toe box which strained the side-walls (in my case anyways). Some enthusiasts of this shoe recommend cutting off the guard (video). I’d love to try another modified pair, but have since purchased a pair of Salomon XT Wings 3. Hopefully my new shoes have a bit more longevity.