Vivobarefoot Evo II review

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.

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R&R Reviews the Neo

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.

R&R Reviews the EVO II

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.

Zero drop with a jig

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