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Terra Plana Vivo Barefoot EVO first impressions and pictures

Posted by on Mar 6, 2010 | 12 Comments
Terra Plana sent me a pair of their brand-new EVO minimalist running shoes.  My very first impression- this shoe lives up to most of the hype.  While running in this shoe is not as good as running barefoot, it is clearly one of the best minimalist running shoes developed so far.  It is definitely in the same class as my beloved Vibram KSOs.  Over the next few days, I will be thoroughly testing these shoes.  I will also be comparing them to my KSOs, a pair of Saucony Kilkemnnys, and a pair of aqua socks from Walmart.  Until I can gather more data, here are some pics:
If you would like me to test a specific feature, please leave a comment.  If you would like me to comment on a specific comparison with my other shoes, please leave a comment for that, also.

More to come…
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  1. Chelsea
    September 1, 2010

    Which would be a better buy? A Nike Free Run+ or a Vivo Barefoot? I planning to start going to the gym by next month – wondering which one would be better. Thanks

  2. pleuriticus
    March 26, 2010

    So how are these different than, say, a Brooks Cross country flat (at $35/pair), which appear to be even lighter in weight? I realize the cross country flats have a little bit of EVA sole, but they are flat and flexible shoes (maybe just a bit more stiff than the EVO, but at less than a quarter of the price…. So far, I've never seen comparisons of minimalist racing flats vs. shoes that seek specifically to replicate something close to the experience/benefits of running barefoot (which I'm completely convinced of).

  3. Sunami
    March 8, 2010

    I can't help but wonder if the cost of some of these shoes are because they are assembled in a socially responsible way and represent the REAL cost of paying people a living wage. As it seems that a lot of the companies that make these shoes tend to say they are socially conscious…I don't know this, but I am just wondering if they cost this much because they are not assembled in South Korean sweat shops like other brands. Like I said, I am more asking the question, rather than trying to start a debate or argument.

  4. Kilgore Trout
    March 8, 2010

    How does that plastic-looking mesh move? Is it stiff, or does it break in after a few miles?

  5. Bob (Downtown Runner)
    March 8, 2010

    I'm wondering how "waterproof" they are. $160 is WAY too much but I MIGHT consider them if they keep water out.

  6. shel
    March 6, 2010

    yea… trails trails trails. there has yet to be made a truly minimal shoe that is also really good on trails. the first company to make a good one is going to make a killing

  7. Zooids
    March 6, 2010

    Would you be able to compare the ground feel of Feelmax Osma vs. Evo vs. barefoot? The feelmax is half the price and half the sole thickness as the Evo; very compelling.


  8. Ewa
    March 6, 2010

    My only gripe with KSO is how they handle mud and other slippery trail situations (I can see snow and ice posing the same problem). Wonder if EVO's do better.
    But the price! OMG!

  9. CoyoteGirl
    March 6, 2010

    I agree with CP – They are TOO expensive. I've checked out their line of shoes online and they look great – both the everyday and the running shoes. But WAY too expensive! Especially during a recession. I can't even consider them because of the price.

  10. A Concerned Parent
    March 6, 2010

    The questions is why are they so bloody expensive. I would have the company explain that. I've been running for three months either barefoot or in a pair of $6 Walmart aqua socks and the shoes from Walmart are doing fine. Making a little money is one thing but trying to take advantage of people is another matter entirely.

  11. Mark1971
    March 6, 2010

    Would you mind comparing the sizing with other shoes in the vivo range? Could save me a fortune in mail order returns!
    Many thanks,

  12. Barefoot Johnny O
    March 6, 2010

    Can you test them out on ice and hard packed snow? I need something that has traction in the winter. Thanks.