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Keepers wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

5 5

Picked it up for my fiancee before we went out camping. Over the course of the weekend it quickly became her favorite shirt. Not sure what I can say about the details, given that I wasn't the one who wore it, but from my perspective: it looks great, made of quality fabric, seems durable, and the length is just right. From her perspective: very comfortable, looks great, fits wonderfully (she got a size M). She wants another one, but the Mediums are out of stock in all the other colors at the moment. Ah well.

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Keepers wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

4 5

Light and stretchy and wonderful. Why didn't I buy these at the beginning of summer? If I have any complaint it's that the material stays pretty close to the skin, so my wallet, cell phone, keys, etc really bulge against the fabric. It doesn't feel any worse, but it looks kinda funny.

On sizing: I always wear 32 waist on pants, and they're always just slightly baggy. I grabbed a size Medium and it fits perfectly snug. In fact, the first day or two feels a little too snug, but the material breaks in and loosens up just right after that.

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Keepers wrote a review of on June 11, 2012

4 5

After a little over a month, the EVO2 are showing less wear and tear than my original EVOs. That's a good sign. Granted, I'm wearing this pair a little less. But after the same amount of time the original EVOs were already getting tears along the crease points. Here's hoping the thicker material will continue to hold up longer.

So, the general stuff: Yes, they're very super comfy; the outer material will take a few days to break it, so it may chafe a little at first. Don't let that worry you. Yes, I wear them with socks (as much as I like going full barefoot I have to fight the smell somehow, and these are not washer friendly). No, I do not use the liner, though if you're transitioning to minimalist shoes for the first time I suggest you use it; the liner will probably wear through in three months of hard use anyway, which will follow your adjustment period well enough. No, I do not recommend them for trail running, the soles are too slick.

About the sizing: my original EVOs were a size large and they felt fantastic. The extra lace loop on the top keeps the shoe in place, and the extra room in the forefoot area feels great. This pair I dropped down to my normal size. For the most part I don't notice the difference. My toes feel closer to the fabric, so I'm a little worried about rubbing when I throw on heavier socks for the winter, but it's a minor worry. I'd suggest picking up your normal size to start with. Only step up a size if you really think you need it.

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Keepers wrote a review of on April 16, 2012

4 5

It's a cork wrap, cheap and efficient, nothing more and nothing less. But if you're looking, you probably already expected that. Would I take some Lizard Skins over this? Any day. But would I pay for Lizard skins every single time I needed to wrap some bars? Nah. So the cheap cork is worth it.

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Keepers wrote a review of on March 30, 2012

3 5

The good:
Very comfortable, with a well designed shape. The extra space on the front half of the foot may have ruined me to a normal shoe's fit forever more. It withstood considerable weather punishment, including rain and trudging through snow, without immediately soaking through the mesh top like I had expected. Feels great in either socks or bare feet. The honeycomb pattern looked much more appealing than I had expected.

The bad:
Wearing this as my every day all-around shoe, it took a little under two months for the material to begin to blow out. Another month later, both shoes now have 1.5" gashes in the exact same place: right next to the ball of the foot, along the sole, where the material creases from movement. I think the holes have stopped spreading at this point, having reached beyond where the folding occurs. I still wear the shoes, mostly because of money, partly because the material was so light in the first place I barely notice the tears, but overall I'm very disappointed with how quickly this happened.

Do I recommend the shoe? Yes and no, depends on why you want it.
If you only plan to use it now and then when you run, the material will likely stay alive for a while. I do a lot of walking and running every day, so the blowouts happened at a very accelerated pace. You can decide for yourself if it's worth the risk.

If you want an every-day all-around shoe, probably not. You may want to check out the vivobarefoot Neo, which seems much sturdier, or choose another company altogether (some like Merril, but I've had just as many damage problems with their shoes).

If you want a trail shoe, absolutely not. Even if these shoes had no flaws, they'd still be mediocre, at best, on a trail. Personally, I still stick with my VFF Bikilas for extra activity.

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Keepers wrote a review of on January 10, 2012

5 5

Picked this up as a christmas present for my dad. He's neither a mountaineer nor a snow sports guy, but his work sticks him out in the worst weather for, at times, hours on end, and this shell was just the trick for that. The waterproofing has already held up through the worst of it, he's stayed comfortable, and the color (bright yellow) keeps him visible. Normally he shuns everything short of gore-tex, but he has nothing bad to say about the bombshell. Thumbs up.

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