Comment from: Cody R. [Visitor]
Cody R.

i'm assuming the ankles are flexible, if they aren't you're just asking for an ankle sprain...

06/21/12 @ 15:57
Comment from: Horse Rider [Visitor]
Horse Rider

Good review. I love my Off Road Hi's. I haven't actually stood in water deeper than the junction between the sole and the upper, but in snow and slush and shallow water they performed really well last winter, never had water coming in, which is why I had bought them for.

06/21/12 @ 16:16
Comment from: John [Visitor]
John

Please suggest to Vivo a military desert boot. I'd pay the $175 for some. Any questions, check the Nike SFB, it's the most comfortable boot I've worn, and yes, doubters, I've worn it in combat, both Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/21/12 @ 16:34
Comment from: Jeremy [Visitor]
Jeremy

To a city slicker like myself, these look like potentially nice winter boots.

06/21/12 @ 17:53
Comment from: Fey [Visitor]
Fey

I bought a pair of these (also the green version) but I returned them, because I had problems with them pressing into my ankle at the front.

I did wear them a bit first.

I'd agree that they seem to do fine in snow and such, but that the tongue could definitely be gusseted higher than it is.

I really liked the sole. It has good traction, some insulation against the cold (I bought them as winter boots) and is still really flexible and provides ground feel.

The isse I had with them, was that at the "corner" at the front of the ankle the shoe would flex in a way that would press the tounge (esp. at the corners of the gusset) into my leg (I could see marks after removing the shoe). This problem was tolerable on one side and really bad on the other, so it migth depend on the individual shoe (I did notice the tounges self-folding a bit differently under the laces). I liked the boots a lot, so I tried padding the area, lacing them differently, but nothing worked, so I had to return them.

06/21/12 @ 19:04
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

I really like vivo barefoots in general. These are the shoes I wear when I don't want to wear five fingers.

I bought these boots and sent them back. The toe box was significantly smaller than the toe box for my dharmas (another vivo shoe) for the same length. I am not sure sizing up would have worked for me.

Also, the construction of the boots was a bit weak if you ask me.

I am waiting for a really good minimalist boot for winter (although the best minimalist solution I have found for really cold and wintery days is a pair of Neos overboots) and for field work.

06/21/12 @ 19:12
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]
A C C

@Mike : I emailed Vivobarefoot in the past and the wide toebox ones are the ones with the original sole such as the Dharma, Ra, Aqualite, as well as the Neo.
Their offroad soled ones are not wide in the toebox.

06/21/12 @ 21:46
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

These look as though they might be a good winter-friendly option. The sole appears to be the same as that on my Hydrophobic trails. I bought those for winter use and if I determine I need more of a boot-like fit I will definitely give these my consideration.

06/22/12 @ 11:09
Comment from: pochivki lqto 2012 v cheshme [Visitor]
pochivki lqto 2012 v cheshme

I really like this boots - where can I find them in Bulgaria?!

06/23/12 @ 16:11
Comment from: Fred [Visitor]
Fred

They sound somewhat heavy to me!

Last year I went on a Peru trip and needed a pair of (more) minimalist shoes for the hiking/trekking -- went with inov-8 roclite 286/288 shoes after doing a ton of research. 4 mm drop, ultralight, gore-tex waterproof liner. Not really barefoot feeling, but definitely ultralight.

They were great. Sounds like these vivobarefoots are a good option, but I could never get vivos to fit right -- the top of the shoe would always fold (when walking) right into the top of my big toe.

06/26/12 @ 12:53
Comment from: Tonya [Visitor]
Tonya

I tried the mids but had to return them. The curve around the ankle is cut higher on these than on the neo and they would rub on my ankle. I really wanted to like them. The upper feels a bit Plasticy and stiff. I exchanged them for trails which are much roomier. Since the materials were so stiff I was afraid to try the highs. They were also tight in the toe box and I wasn't at all sure the plasticky materials would stretch like leather would, especially since the abrasion strip was def not leather.

06/26/12 @ 20:35
Comment from: Andreas [Visitor]
Andreas

Hi, I own a pair of these along with some other pairs of Vivobarefoots, but have some trouble here:when running in barefoot shoes, I land midfoot/forefoot and any offroad-lugs will hardly be noticeable. But when hiking/walking with a natural gait, the heel touches ground first. After the break-in period, the sole of the OffRoads became nicely flexible...great. But now the one lug sitting right under the heel kept "pertruding" through the sole resulting in a very sore heel after a day of wearing the shoes. So what do I do now? Sacrifice proprioception and try to find an insole that has something like a plastic cup under the heel? Am I the only one with this problem? Help....

07/16/12 @ 12:40
Comment from: Kyle [Visitor]
Kyle

I've got the low version of these, and I really like them, the treads on the sole are wearing off quickly though. The boot version scares me off not because it isn't waterproof, but because I'm concerned about drying speed. I figure they will inevitably get wet, so I'm more worried about how fast they dry out. Leather doesn't dry out very well in my experience. does the reviewer have any thoughts on this?

07/19/12 @ 12:28
Comment from: fred [Visitor]
fred

I bought a pair last winter cause I couldn't get a hold of the feelmax winter boot. Used them for 4 months in the French alpes for hiking, walking snowshoeing and alpine climbing. They are great boots! I had to change the insole to a wool one for temperatures under -1ºC. Had them on in temps down to -18ºC with thick socks with no problems. Cons: They are a tad on the expensive side and you have to look after them well because they are leather. I found them to be pretty waterproof so no complaints.

07/24/12 @ 14:09
Comment from: Vanessa [Visitor]
Vanessa

These look like some comfy hiking boots. I'm currently using nevados ambush low boots, and now cant find any more. I may be looking into these. Also, I ABSOLUTELY HATE the color choices Vibram, Merrell and Vivo have for women. Unfortunately their mens shoes don't come small enough for me.

08/07/12 @ 10:29
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]
Ryan

I've had the boots a week now & having worn them to work a couple of times & took them on a short yet testing 4km hike today I am absolutely in love with them!

They do exactly what they say on the tin & are a pleasure to walk in. I agree that they are not 100% waterproof and they do size a bit small, I went .5 higher after reading these reviews (thanks guys) and they are spot on. They offer the perfect ratio of ground feel : protection.

These will be seeing plenty of the welsh countryside in the very near future & would recommend them to any like minded person.

I really like the styling of them too & went for black as then I can wear them to work.

Happy Hiking

RM

10/04/12 @ 17:57
Comment from: Erik Reitan [Visitor]
Erik Reitan

Are anyone using these for running? Experiences? Im considering buying the lontras for winter running in snow and ice, but where I live (northern noway) these might be a good alternative, as well as doubling as hiking boots in the summertime.

11/08/12 @ 08:29
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Erik,

I wouldn't run in these. The ankle structure is pretty built up and I think it would get annoying/irritating fast. They are a sturdy boot but nowhere near the flexibility above the ankle you'd get with a Lontra.

11/08/12 @ 09:53
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]
Ben

Do you guys think that these would be good for winter boots in Finland, where the temperature is below -20C most often than not? I could put a woollen sock inside & possibly change the insole to a better insulating one.

11/23/12 @ 12:47
Comment from: Mats [Visitor]
Mats

@Ben

I feel fairly confident that they would work out well in the cold over in Finland.
You just have to make sure that you have enough space (VERY IMPORTANT! sizing up is a good idea), and add one of those thin woolen inner soles that you can find in every shoe/outdoor store like mentioned in a comment above.

I don't have these boots, but I have the VB Synth Hiker, and they are pretty similar.
I've been walking in deep snow and temperatures in the minus 15-20C range here in Norway and they stay nice and warm with an extra pair of woolen soles and thin woolen socks..

I've even been using a pair of VB Gobi's (sized up one size) with an added woolen sole in the same temperatures, and even they are fine.
It's amazing how little shoe you need for your feet to actually stay warm.
It's been a real eye-opener for me.

12/20/12 @ 11:39
Comment from: Mats [Visitor]
Mats

@Erik

I have the very similar Synth Hiker and ran a bit in them when the weather was very wet here in the Oslo area in oct/nov, due to the waterproofing and the high top.
They worked OK for running on really wet, really gnarly trails, but they would be horrible for road running.
Since the snow came I've been running a lot in the Neo Trail, they are plenty warm enough and have great grip in the snow.
If you are mostly running roads you could get something like the regular Neo. Most minimalist shoes could work if you just use some thin woolen socks.

12/20/12 @ 11:59
Comment from: Val [Visitor]
Val

As far as sizing, I have been wearing & selling these shoes for years, a 38 is not equal to an 8. I'm a 7/7.5 and I wear a 38-39. So that's probably why they are snug on you.

I really like this style, and i love that they're waterproof. but the ankle area is stiff until broken in and I wouldn't suggest them for running, but rather for hiking and such. I'm an EMT & do Search & Rescue, as well a lot of hiking and rappelling - and that's what I'd use them for.

Currently I like the Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail and Neo Trail. I live in Las Vegas and haven't needed a heavy boot yet.

02/06/13 @ 16:42
Comment from: Danny [Visitor]  
Danny

i jst ordered the vivobarefoot mens off road hi boots. i normally wear a size 12 the biggest size i could find in these boots is a 12 (USA sizing) i read they are a bit snug..if i remove the insole will that make much of a difference???

02/20/13 @ 13:43
Comment from: isaac [Visitor]  
isaac

Do the boots breathe well? Hot sweaty feet a problem? Vivo Customer Service told me the waterproof lining is NOT breathable!

-Thanks

10/08/13 @ 12:53
Comment from: Oliver Starr [Visitor]  
Oliver Starr

No one here is talking about the elephant in the room with these boots; durability - as in there is none.

I've had one pair replaced by the factory after the soles disintegrated in a matter of weeks and the second pair has failed in multiple places as well. The split between the forefoot and mid-foot "notch" came where the upper and outsole connect split, the outsole and the uppers have separated on both pairs as well.

While the boot is wonderfully light and comfortable, the quality of the finish for a shoe of this price definitely leaves something to be desired. If they could overcome these issues it would be a great three season boot, but for me (I'm from the Colorado Rockies), they don't have sufficient waterproofing or insulation to be a winter-capable footwear alternative.

I'm currently using the Belleville Tactical Mini-mil and it is a much more durable and well built product however it is not a true barefoot boot, but as close as I can find that won't fall apart under the kinds of use I put my boots through.

01/08/14 @ 00:21