I won a pair of Terra Plana’s Vivobarefoot Evo II in Running & Rambling’s EVO II review and giveaway. After coordinating my name and address with the Terra Plana representative, my Evo II were shipped. I received them some weeks ago but, as I had stopped running due to an upper respiratory infection, was not able to test them right away. I recently started my workouts again and, after a mix of those on an indoor track and on sidewalks, I have now formed an opinion of the Evo II I will endeavor to impart.
Donald at Running and Rambling has reviewed the Terra Plana/VivoBarefoot Neo. While similar to the EVO, it has a more traditional mesh fabric upper, though with the tradeoffs of slightly greater weight and a lower price. I like that last part. It does make them a more attractive buy than the EVO and EVO II, especially if the BARE30 (30%) or BARERUNUNI (25%) coupon codes work with them. (I haven’t tried.) Of the four colors available, though, only the green and white is in my size. Hmmm.
Donald at Running and Rambling has reviewed the Terra Plana/VivoBarefoot EVO II. Instead of an update to the EVO, this II model is a new, additional variant designed more for cold weather use. Read Donald’s review for more details and a 20% off discount code.
I like the idea of the EVO and EVO II, though as much as I would like to try it, I am reluctant. If they work, they would be worth buying with a discount code. But, at $160 retail, an unsuccessful test can be quite expensive. After the original EVO created and then tore off blisters on my toes, I am quite gun shy about spending that kind of money again just to see if the problems I experienced have been fixed. I hope they have, but will let others pay to test them first. If the consensus is good, I might try them again.
I have seen many running shoes that have been modified, zero dropped, to make the heel and forefoot the same distance from the ground. These modifications were usually done by a cobbler or, sometimes, by the runner themselves using a knife. I wanted to try this on an old pair of New Balance 991. But, I wanted to try it using a jig on my bandsaw. I did not really need this pair of shoes modified. I just wanted to experiment and see what was possible. Is it possible to zero drop a pair of shoes using a jig on a bandsaw? Yes. I think so. Was my attempt a success? No. The short version: The jig worked well; I, on the other hand, did not. Let me explain. Continue reading
It has been a quite while since I completed the Couch to 5K running plan. This post will provide some pre-C25K history, where I started, and some post-C25K history, what I have been doing since.