Vivo Barefoot Tracker FG - Men's
Current Retail: $192.00
Historic Range: $192.00-$249.95
A lightweight, comfortable alternative to traditional hiking boots.
- Zero drop sole
- Good traction
- Warm in cooler weather
- Roomy in the toebox, snug fit in the heels.
- VivoBareFoot product information claims a 100-day return policy. No experience with that.
- Kinda pricey $$$
- Haven’t found any yet, will update if I do.
I bought the VivoBareFoot Tracker FG after discovering my winter hikers were an uncomfortable fit after a year of a predominantly barefoot lifestyle.
I’ve only had these for about a month but I was won over the very first day. My feet are protected from cold, snow, ice, and slush in a very comfortable manner. Right out of the box they felt "broken in" and flexible. Trail feel is better than I’d expected, traction is adequate (I land mid foot, not on my heels so I can’t say with accuracy how heel striking/pushing off the toes is traction-wise), and my feet have been warm down to -15°C/5°F (thick socks). Sizing is true (European 43/size 10 North American) and my feet are extremely comfortable.
So far I’ve experienced ankle deep slush and puddles (no leaks), the previously mentioned -15C/5F, have hiked and ran snow and ice covered trails, and walked on various surfaces. No blisters, no hotspots, and no discomfort. It was pleasing to discover that an area on the top of my feet that gets pinched/rubs in other boots doesn’t cause me any pain anymore.
When the boots are laced up snugly there seems to be a lot in the way of ankle support. I prefer a looser feeling so I don't lace above the ankles (especially when running); I just use the first hook. I may try lacing to the top when snowshoeing.
A few decades of outdoor experience...
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $335 Canadian. Free delivery.