Comment from: Kevin Thofern [Visitor]
Kevin Thofern

Hi, do the Laces of the Elemental stretch when wet?

11/13/17 @ 03:05
Comment from: [Member]

Kevin,

Not really. They stay put! They are my favorite rain and adventure sandals

11/20/17 @ 11:38
Comment from: Vicki [Visitor]  
Vicki

I would also like to know if the laces on the Elemental versus the Hemp laces on the Circadian stretch more when wet. Also, which sole do you feel gives you more grip when submerged in water while river crossing (black rubber/hemp-grip)? Do you feel as stable in the water with Earth Runners compared to Cairn Classics or Luna Oso Flaco?

02/06/18 @ 05:08
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Vicki

I would also like to know if the laces on the Elemental versus the Hemp laces on the Circadian stretch more when wet. Also, which sole do you feel gives you more grip when submerged in water while river crossing (black rubber/hemp-grip)? Do you feel as stable in the water with Earth Runners compared to Cairn Classics or Luna Oso Flaco?

The laces do not stretch when wet. They are very secure and are excellent for rainy and wet situations.

I would say that the black rubber is best for wet use as the hemp can be a bit slippery when wet. It is actually made for looks and odor protection, not so much for anti-slip properties.

As an aside, the hemp laces on my hempies finally gave out a few months ago, so I cannot really recommend them for technical running or hiking, more for leisure.

 Both the Bedrock Cairn and Luna Oso Flaco are much more heavy duty and chunkier sandals. In my opinion, the earth runners sandal really is the best overall sandal in my closet. I use it for road running, trails, rock climbing, even the treadmill.

These other sandals are getting a bit too heavy for my tastes, and I admit this is rather subjective.

The Gumlite sole is excellent for a variety of situations, including water crossings. The flexibility of the sole is important for dexterity and confidence; you can actually wrap parts of your feet around some objects and press in specific areas, which you cannot with these thicker sandals. I can press the ball of my foot into a rock for a better handle because of how flexible the gumlite  sole is.

However, between the flaco and the cairn, I would say that the Luna sandal has the more aggressive sole and is perhaps better constructed. I have had some issues with Earthrunner sandals in the past in terms of durability.

If you have the time, I highly recommend the earth runner sandal. While they were kind enough to send me a sample pair for review, everything that I wrote is 100% my opinion and they are my go-to sandals.

03/18/18 @ 16:19
Comment from: Amos [Visitor]  
Amos

I have been running (primarily on the road) in Invisible Shoes/Xero Shoes DIY sandals for several years now. I am interested in something SLIGHTLY more substantial (with straps) for both road and trail running. I've narrowed my choices to Earth Runners Elemental Adventure and Shamma Warriors Ultragrip, but am having a hard time making my final decision. I'd much appreciate any input I can get from someone who has experienced both and can help me decide between the two. Thanks!

05/21/19 @ 08:55
Comment from: [Member]

HI Amos!

It depends on your needs!

Shamma Sandals just upgraded their line with a lighter, more secure, and more durable design, so stay tuned for my update!

The Earthrunners are excellent, but I would say that Shamma Sandals leap-frogged other sandals with this new design. You can find out more on their website but expect a new review soon!

The Earthrunners have been my favorites for a long time and have proven to be very durable and fun to enjoy over the last few years. They have more colors than Shamma, which only come in black or leather.

-Jarvis

05/28/19 @ 10:50
Comment from: Amos [Visitor]  
Amos

Thanks so much for getting back to me! I'll be looking forward to the review.

05/28/19 @ 17:55
Comment from: Amy [Visitor]  
Amy

Hi there! Thanks for this amazingly detailed review! I have a question. I have been considering both the elemental and circadian sandals, mostly for walking around town and work. My main concern is how my feet react to certain materials that cause them to sweat a lot. I got some Xero shoes Z trail model. While I like the shoe, something about the footbed makes my feet sweat a lot. My feet never sweat in my Chaco’s but they sweat even more in leather Bikenstocks than the Xerox. I’m trying to figure out which footbed would be best for me feet with that in mind. Is the conventional non hemp sole of the Elemental similar to the footbed on Xero shoes Z trail (not sure if you would know)? Do you have any insight of which of these pairs may be best? So so eager to get a pair of barefoot sandals I can wear around town and probably wear to my job too!! Thanks SO MUCH! Amy

07/06/19 @ 20:45
Comment from: [Member]

Hi Amy!

Earthrunners provides a lace comparison chart here:
https://www.earthrunners.com/pages/product-comparison

There are multiple options for all of these sandals, so it's hard to make a 1:1 comparison. The footbed for the Z-Trail is usually the Feel True rubber that Xeroshoes uses, which is a pretty dense material.

In my own experience, I feel that my feet can sweat with this type of rubber and it can rub a bit as well. For this reason, I prefer leather uppers or bare Vibram Morflex, which is a bit softer, less dense, but also more porous, so you might have to wash them out a bit more.

Shamma Sandals have a new Toughtek Ultragrip upper that is excellent for watercrossings and rubs a bit less than the Feel True rubber. I have a review for that upper from last year and a new sandal review coming soon!

07/08/19 @ 11:17


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