By Martin Nordesjö
|Terraplana Vivobarefoot EVO,|
when they were still white.
By asking nicely we received a pair of Vivobarefoot Evo from Terraplana, one of the first designated running shoes to compete with the Vibram Fivefingers. During this summer Fjäderlätt put them to the test for both everyday and backpacking use.
This far we quite like them and will write a review later. Since they are running shoes, they are not really designed for terrain. They are not very grippy, not very durable in the upper and the colour of our pair might not be perfect for slushing through swamps...
|The EVO comes in other colors too|
What are the other alternatives until Terraplana makes a trail-running version? Not very many at the moment, but next year there will be quite a few.
Our British lightpacking favorite will launch trail-running shoes without any cushioning called Baregrip 200. The most minimalistic "shoes" yet will be the Smurfy Fivefinger challenger Evoskin - a silicone glove for your feet. One of the new Road-X models might also be a moccasin.
|Inov-8 Evoskin. Less is Smurf.|
|Inov-8 Baregrip 200|
Merrell have teamed up with Vibram to create a less Hobbit-like collection than the Fivefingers, called Merrel Barefoot. The most interesting shoes for trekking are the True Glove, Trail Glove and Pace Glove.
|Merrell Pace Glove|
|Merrell Trail Glove|
|Merrell True Glove|
New Balance Minimus
New Balance will have at least three moccasin models. The Minimus Trail looks like it could be perfect for trekking.
|New Balance Minimus range|
|Teaser of the NB Minimus Trail|
Last but not least Vibram Fivefingers
Vibram more or less stumbled into barefoot running with their now "de facto standard" Fivefingers and have expanded their range. Many models to choose from, for example KSO, Bikila, Speed and the new Trek Sport.
|Trek Sport - terrain sole and bamboo upper|
As you can see we are a quite excited about this trend. For it is a trend, complete with starry eyed evangelists and angry unenthusiasts. But the only way to find out if it is any good is to try it ourselves.
Have we missed any good ones? Please leave a comment!