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C-LITE

item #: 531
price: $100

A low profile neutral lightweight shoe with aggressive lugs for increased traction and cushioning

C-LITE

A low profile neutral lightweight shoe with aggressive lugs for increased traction and cushioning

The C-Lite provides amazing traction and cushioning with its well-spaced sticky rubber lugs that deform upon impact to reduce impact force. Awarded the Runner's World Best Buy award for 2008, the C-Lite  provides an excellent lightweight snug fit with its integral external scree guard that locks down the upper and the nimble flexible midsole provides excellent cushion and response for those tricky foot dabbing sequences on the trail. Great for medium to long distances and for runners that prefer a more deconstructed shoe with great traction.

IDEAL TERRAIN:  trail running and racing in every condition especially wet and muddy

WEIGHT: 10.97oz/311g

LAST: Racing Lite

UPPER: AirMesh/ Uretech/ TPU overlay

LINING: Mesh (back half and tongue only)

MIDSOLE: Dual-density MEMIex/ TrailShock with Nylon molded shank/ High-tensile composite Rock Guard

DROP(mm):  10mm

SOLE: FriXion®AT/ Impact Brake System™ V-Groove™

SIZES: 36 - 47.5 (half sizes)

COLOR: Black

ITEM NUMBER: 531

PRICE: $100 USD


AWARD WINNER!








Product Reviews

KEVIN - DOUGLAS, AK
10.04.12

Typical of La Sportiva, the C-Lite fits perfectly out of the box and requires no break in time. Just what I expected!! What blew me away was the magnificent traction on my steep ascent of the forested mountain sides and alpine terrain of Mt Juneau's SE face here in Alaska's capitol city. Descending the trail punctuated the technical qualities of the shoe in terms of comfort, reliance, and super light weight. La Sportiva proves once again why they are the best at providing the best mountain footwear in the world.

Justin - Seattle, WA
09.12.12

I bought my first pair of Crosslites 3 years ago and am looking forward to my 7th pair. This is my everything shoe... Sahale Arm, Cutthroat Classic, Necklace Valley 20 miler, Enchantments loops, Swedish forest running, around Mt Hood solo for 43 miles and 11K climbed AND regular training in the mud, rain, sun, heat, cool and even snow. They just do everything. Mt Si/Mt Tennerife Link up with 5K climb and 15 miles with 3 feet of snow on the ridge... no problem. The C-lite makes small work of it. Thanks La Sportiva. This one's been a winner!

Mike - Hampstead, MD
02.06.12

I have been looking for a shoe for years that fits my low volume foot that does everything well......this is it!
Thanks LaSportiva, don't stop making the C-lite!!

Joe - Ft. Collins, CO
09.06.11

These are the best shoes I have ever worn! I used them on the Continental Divide for the last 1000 miles and to complete my first 100 miler. For the Bighorn 100, I bought a new pair put them on and drove to the start of the race; I wore this pair the entire race with no troubles what-so-ever!

Shane - Cross Roads, TX
06.07.11

First, let me say that I have a really narrow foot. This is the first shoe that I have ever put on my feet that fits great without the need of another insole or something like that. I've used this shoe for two 18 hour adventure races, multiple ultra trail runs and it holds up to the rest. The lugs on the bottom grip in EVERYTHING from loose sand, scree, dirt, you name it, and this shoe attacks! My ONLY negative, is the cover over the laces. I love the fact that it keeps the laces in place as well as grit from getting in. They are a little difficult to adjust the laces under the cover. For me, it's a minor thing! Do not change a thing on this shoe.

Ben - Bellevue, WA
06.05.11

I switched over to Crosslites after two years of mountain running with minimalist footwear. It's one of the very few shoes on the market with a sufficiently deconstructed design, while offering enough cushion to stand up to embedded rock and fire roads - as well as enough traction to handle challenging sections in demanding conditions. It fits the bill perfectly. While the structured heel takes a little getting used to after running in minimalist footwear, that's to be expected in this type of transition following a transition from Five Fingers and Trail Gloves. I'm a happy customer and feel better prepared for my next long mountain ultra.

Bruce G. - Delta, BC
04.09.11

Svelte, lightweight uppers hug my feet, while the poking claws of the tread dig into the nastiest mud, slop, and snow too. Crosslites felt so comfortable from the first time I put them on, and the relative lightweight and low midsole profile keep you in touch with your footing. You just feel faster wearing these shoes, and I find them to be perfect for those sprint races up to 50 miles.

Thomas - San Luis Obispo, CA
04.05.11

The first time I put the Crosslite on I knew this is my shoe. Awesome snug fit, sticky rubber sole, light and fast. I ran my first 100 miler at Leadville 2010 in them and I will run my next 100 miler this summer at TRT in them. I don’t even know how many pairs I have used up since they are on the market. This winter I used them the first time with Hobnails in the snow in lake Tahoe and the worked great, no slipping around. --Thomas Reiss

Ryan - Boone, NC
04.05.11

I have a pair of crosslites and the number one thing I like about it is the rock guards. Gravel roads had been a real nuisance for me over the last few years until I got the crosslites. Grip on the trails is great as well. The backing of my pair has been rubbing me awkwardly but I went with a 43 and I should be a 44/45 which I suspect will alleviate that problem.

Nicola G. - Squamish, British Columbia
04.05.11

This shoe has been my 'go to' shoe for everything, training and racing. When I first put it on, I immediately thought it would be better suited as a shorter distance race shoe. However, I just kept testing it out over longer and longer distances and eventually ran my 2010 race goal, Western States 100miler, in them. I came out blister free (and it wasn't because of my socks!) and my feet looked sensational. I was so impressed. Compared to other shoes I have worn in the past, I also roll my ankles a lot less because the crosslites sit lower to the ground. All in all, I highly recommend this shoe to anyone. I am a neutral runner however and am not sure how this shoe would work for someone who is a heavy pronator.

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  • Features
    • The C-Lite provides amazing traction and cushioning with its well-spaced sticky rubber lugs that deform upon impact to reduce impact force. Awarded the Runner's World Best Buy award for 2008, the C-Lite  provides an excellent lightweight snug fit with its integral external scree guard that locks down the upper and the nimble flexible midsole provides excellent cushion and response for those tricky foot dabbing sequences on the trail. Great for medium to long distances and for runners that prefer a more deconstructed shoe with great traction.

      IDEAL TERRAIN:  trail running and racing in every condition especially wet and muddy
  • Tech Specs
    • WEIGHT: 10.97oz/311g

      LAST: Racing Lite

      UPPER: AirMesh/ Uretech/ TPU overlay

      LINING: Mesh (back half and tongue only)

      MIDSOLE: Dual-density MEMIex/ TrailShock with Nylon molded shank/ High-tensile composite Rock Guard

      DROP(mm):  10mm

      SOLE: FriXion®AT/ Impact Brake System™ V-Groove™

      SIZES: 36 - 47.5 (half sizes)

      COLOR: Black

      ITEM NUMBER: 531

      PRICE: $100 USD


  • Additional Info
    • AWARD WINNER!








  • Reviews
    • KEVIN - DOUGLAS, AK
      10.04.12

      Typical of La Sportiva, the C-Lite fits perfectly out of the box and requires no break in time. Just what I expected!! What blew me away was the magnificent traction on my steep ascent of the forested mountain sides and alpine terrain of Mt Juneau's SE face here in Alaska's capitol city. Descending the trail punctuated the technical qualities of the shoe in terms of comfort, reliance, and super light weight. La Sportiva proves once again why they are the best at providing the best mountain footwear in the world.

    • Justin - Seattle, WA
      09.12.12

      I bought my first pair of Crosslites 3 years ago and am looking forward to my 7th pair. This is my everything shoe... Sahale Arm, Cutthroat Classic, Necklace Valley 20 miler, Enchantments loops, Swedish forest running, around Mt Hood solo for 43 miles and 11K climbed AND regular training in the mud, rain, sun, heat, cool and even snow. They just do everything. Mt Si/Mt Tennerife Link up with 5K climb and 15 miles with 3 feet of snow on the ridge... no problem. The C-lite makes small work of it. Thanks La Sportiva. This one's been a winner!

    • Mike - Hampstead, MD
      02.06.12

      I have been looking for a shoe for years that fits my low volume foot that does everything well......this is it!
      Thanks LaSportiva, don't stop making the C-lite!!

    • Joe - Ft. Collins, CO
      09.06.11

      These are the best shoes I have ever worn! I used them on the Continental Divide for the last 1000 miles and to complete my first 100 miler. For the Bighorn 100, I bought a new pair put them on and drove to the start of the race; I wore this pair the entire race with no troubles what-so-ever!

    • Shane - Cross Roads, TX
      06.07.11

      First, let me say that I have a really narrow foot. This is the first shoe that I have ever put on my feet that fits great without the need of another insole or something like that. I've used this shoe for two 18 hour adventure races, multiple ultra trail runs and it holds up to the rest. The lugs on the bottom grip in EVERYTHING from loose sand, scree, dirt, you name it, and this shoe attacks! My ONLY negative, is the cover over the laces. I love the fact that it keeps the laces in place as well as grit from getting in. They are a little difficult to adjust the laces under the cover. For me, it's a minor thing! Do not change a thing on this shoe.

    • Ben - Bellevue, WA
      06.05.11

      I switched over to Crosslites after two years of mountain running with minimalist footwear. It's one of the very few shoes on the market with a sufficiently deconstructed design, while offering enough cushion to stand up to embedded rock and fire roads - as well as enough traction to handle challenging sections in demanding conditions. It fits the bill perfectly. While the structured heel takes a little getting used to after running in minimalist footwear, that's to be expected in this type of transition following a transition from Five Fingers and Trail Gloves. I'm a happy customer and feel better prepared for my next long mountain ultra.

    • Bruce G. - Delta, BC
      04.09.11

      Svelte, lightweight uppers hug my feet, while the poking claws of the tread dig into the nastiest mud, slop, and snow too. Crosslites felt so comfortable from the first time I put them on, and the relative lightweight and low midsole profile keep you in touch with your footing. You just feel faster wearing these shoes, and I find them to be perfect for those sprint races up to 50 miles.

    • Thomas - San Luis Obispo, CA
      04.05.11

      The first time I put the Crosslite on I knew this is my shoe. Awesome snug fit, sticky rubber sole, light and fast. I ran my first 100 miler at Leadville 2010 in them and I will run my next 100 miler this summer at TRT in them. I don’t even know how many pairs I have used up since they are on the market. This winter I used them the first time with Hobnails in the snow in lake Tahoe and the worked great, no slipping around. --Thomas Reiss

    • Ryan - Boone, NC
      04.05.11

      I have a pair of crosslites and the number one thing I like about it is the rock guards. Gravel roads had been a real nuisance for me over the last few years until I got the crosslites. Grip on the trails is great as well. The backing of my pair has been rubbing me awkwardly but I went with a 43 and I should be a 44/45 which I suspect will alleviate that problem.

    • Nicola G. - Squamish, British Columbia
      04.05.11

      This shoe has been my 'go to' shoe for everything, training and racing. When I first put it on, I immediately thought it would be better suited as a shorter distance race shoe. However, I just kept testing it out over longer and longer distances and eventually ran my 2010 race goal, Western States 100miler, in them. I came out blister free (and it wasn't because of my socks!) and my feet looked sensational. I was so impressed. Compared to other shoes I have worn in the past, I also roll my ankles a lot less because the crosslites sit lower to the ground. All in all, I highly recommend this shoe to anyone. I am a neutral runner however and am not sure how this shoe would work for someone who is a heavy pronator.

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