Outdoor Buzz: Keen’s Bike Shoe… GoLite Gears Up…

Ride It Out
Cyclists who want to cover up have a new option from Portland, Ore.-based Keen, which drew on its popular bike sandal to create the Springwater, a fully enclosed bike shoe. Available for both men and women, the Springwater features a full-length, clip-compatible plate, a nonmarking rubber outsole, leather-and-webbing uppers and a hydrophobic mesh lining. The $130 style will hit outdoor shops, sporting goods locations, bike stores and online retailers in January.

Lite-n Up
Portsmouth, N.H.-based GoLite Footwear is starting from the beginning. After the GoLite footwear business was purchased from Timberland Co. last June, the brand is bringing nine new styles to market for spring ’09. Included in the offering will be speed trail runners, endurance trail runners, multisport styles, fast-packing shoes, light hikers, technical travel shoes and aftersport styles for men and women. Familiar features from previous seasons will be the brand’s “soft against the ground” construction, which puts the shoes’ cushioning materials on the outsole, and its focus on creating lightweight styles through compression-molded uppers. The shoes will retail from $85 to $130 and will be sold online and at outdoor shops.

Water World
New Balance
is getting its feet wet with the spring ’09 launch of the 829 water shoe/sandal. The Boston-based brand’s new release features a full-length drainage system, quick-pull lacing, a razor-siped Vibram outsole designed for traction in slippery environments and a molded EVA insert that channels water and sand away from the foot — making it a natural fit for boating, kayaking, canoeing and water running. The $85 style will be available for men and women and will deliver this January to e-tailers, family shoe stores, sporting goods accounts and outdoor shops.

Two Timing
is softening up for spring. The Goleta, Calif.-based brand, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corp., is launching two fashion-forward and feminine sandal collections for women this spring. The Himalaya collection  consists of a pair of styles with tapestry-inspired webbing in the ankle straps, compression-molded EVA footbeds and nonmarking rubber outsoles. The Sierra collection includes three strappy styles in leather. Both collections, which retail from $70 to $75, will begin delivering in mid-January to Teva accounts in the U.S. and abroad.

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