Nike Air Dri Goat


Anybody who is tired of being head-to-ankle dry with the feet going squish-squish-squish in the rain will love these odd-looking, zip-front little numbers. Released for Holiday 2000 (or just in time for Storm Season), the Nike Air Dri Goat promo material says it'll get you through mud, rain, and sleet, on trails, or on snow, with nary a slip or wet toe. This SNEWS tester can't vouch for total slip-proof on all terrain, but the water-resistance of these running shoes couldn't be better. They went splashing through puddles and over rocks on a rain-dumping day and, after six miles, the toes were happy and toasty.

You'll find a Gore-Tex bootie that is married to the Dri-FIT lining for breathability. Laces up the front have an enclosure that zips shut over them. Rubber toe bumpers and wraps keep more water out and seem pretty durable. One disadvantage is the forefoot stiffness, so these babies won't be racing too fast. The outsole, touted as functionally inspired by the hoof of a mountain goat (leave it to Nike…), seems pretty low on lugs and may not grip on the most technical of trails. But for most folks and on most terrain, they'll likely do just fine.

One response from someone who saw them on a tester's feet: "What are those cute little shoes?" Alrighty then….

SNEWS Rating: 4 hands clapping (1 to 5 hands clapping possible, with 5 clapping hands representing functional and design perfection.

Suggested Retail: $100

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