Finally found a great trail shoe to replace a lightweight favorite of mine that was discontinued. I found the Ascend Glove at Woolrich Outlet Store in PA. We found the shoe to be lighter than described in the literature. It weighed in around 6.5 ounces(women's size 8). I wear an 8.5 most of the time, but had to go to a size 8. The shoe hugs the heel but gives your foot room for natural toe splay. With more support than the more minimal "gloves" and just enough cushion and rock stop protection for the sole, these shoes have everything you are looking for in a lightweight, semi-cushioned, minimalist trail shoe. I was so confident in the way they felt on my feet, that I wore them the next day in a 13.1 mile trail race and technical course, with lots of rocks. Trust me when I say, 'don't be afraid to try these winners'.