from Bloomfield, IN
Good, but could be better
May 09, 2012
I purchased these last year to wear during the fall and winter. I usually wear Vibram Five Fingers and I needed something a little warmer and water resistant or water proof. These are probably the toughest minimalist shoes that are made. They are kind of stiff because of the Gore-Tex lining, but they are about as thin as they can be while still being waterproof.
The shoes were very expensive but I got them for a pretty good price with an Altrec discount code. I was dissapointed with the toe covering. I would prefer a more durable toe like the Merrell Trail Glove has. This shoe simply has rubber material applied to the shoe (for traction on top of the foot?). I was also dissapointed in that the shoe had a lot of mesh material. I have a couple of puncture holes from sticks that have come up on the side of the shoe. I also wish they were a little taller. I found myself getting a lot of dirt and rocks inside the shoe and if you step in a medium size puddle your feet will still get wet. Also, the sole has only foam under the arch of the foot instead of rubber. If you step on a sharp stick it could probably puncture the shoe in this area. I haven't had that happen with these shoes but it did happen with my Vibram Bikila LSs (which have a similar rubber/foam sole).
The sizing was a little bit different than my Merrell Tough Gloves. I had to go up .5 size (I believe this is because the thickness of the material).
Overall I like the shoes but if I could change them I would get rid of the mesh material, put a tougher toe covering on them, make the entire sole rubber, and make them taller.
Pros: goretex, minimalist, tough vibram sole, Cons: mesh material, toe covering, expensive, foam area under arch
from Columbus, OH
Some solid shoes
November 04, 2011
These shoes have taken me all over campus in all sorts of weather, keeping me dry the whole way. In the heat they remain breathable and in the rain they keep water out. Iv gotten very into minimalist footwear over the past year and these have met all expectations. They hug my feet everywhere like a second skin while keeping the toe of the shoe roomy giving my toes a nearly full range of motion. I wear them while i bike, hike, run, and just as walking shoes and they are holding up great, showing very little wear. I have worn them hard over the past two months and love them. All in all, the product description has held true and i find them to be true to size.
from Lansing MI
February 21, 2012
I'm 5'9, 155 lbs. I've covered roughly 100 miles in the orange/greys (cheddar/castle rock) on 90% trail. (mud, snow, sand, water etc). These shoes are tough. I run light but as fast as i can. (average 3-10 mile durations) The vibram sole while "minimal" provide more than enough support for my build -> I cover most roots and rocks with little aftermath. The toe box offers a wide splay and the upper lacing easily wraps your foot. The Goretex does a great job on deflecting snow, rain and mud. But the tred is slick with not quite adequate grip for wet leaves, ice, or slick conditions. But if you stick to dry terrain with a little "give" these shoes are super fun. I've adapted the "minimal" running shoe into my routines and I am full believer in its benefits. 4 stars only because of the lack of tread.
Pros: goretex, wide toe box, tough vibram sole, Cons: little tread, expensive
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