May 15 2013
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
The minimalist running shoe movement has produced some ultra-light golf shoes over the last few years, with a few models tipping the scales at just under 10 ounces.
While it's unclear if there's a limit to how light golf shoes will get going forward, PUMA Golf became the new leader in the ultra-light clubhouse with the introduction of its Faas Lite Mesh shoe.
Weighing in a 6.5 ounces, the spikeless, minimalist golf shoe was designed to be worn "from the street to the course in lightweight, maximum comfort and trend-setting style." The shoe features a zero heel-to-toe drop that gives golfers the feeling they're playing barefoot, thereby allowing for a more natural stride and posture during the swing.
Even though the shoe is spikeless, PUMA added SmartQuill traction technology to Faas List Mesh that provides "directional grip elements to enhance ground contact for improved stability and traction." The shoe also includes corrugated flex grooves for more natural movement, increased flexibility and ground contract throughout the swing.
Along with Faas Lite Mesh, PUMA Golf also released a lightweight (8.7 ounces), waterproof version called Faas Lite. The shoe features Microfiber leather with stormCELL for waterproof protection, and comes with the same SmartQuill traction technology and zero heel-to-toe drop as Faas Lite Mesh.
Faas Lite Mesh will be available in three colorways (Brilliant Blue/Limeade, Vibrant Orange/White and White/Black) and retails for $90. Faas Lite will also be available in three colorways (White/Vibrant Orange, White/Black/Brilliant Blue and Black/Castle Rock) and retails for $100.