New Vivobarefoot Boots Launch
New lightweight boots from Vivobarefoot launch mix minimal structure with an off-road sole and ankle protection.
Posted: 18 October 2012
Brand new for winter 2012 is a new lightweight, minimalist, vegan-friendly, waterproof hiking boot from the guys at Vivobarefoot, the Synth Hiker in both men's and women's versions.
Vivobarefoot, as you may have guessed, specialise in barefoot-type, minimalist footwear, with very little structure to the sole unit. The result, says barefoot advocates, is that the foot works more naturally which reduces injuries and gives better feel for the ground as well as cutting footwear weight.
Off Road Sole
The new Synth Hiker does have some underfoot cushioning in the shape of a removable 5mm thick EVA footbed, but the sole itself is just rubber, some 2.5mm of it plus 4.5mm multi-directional lugs designed to give proper off-road grip.
The rest of the boot is made from vegan-friendly, synthetic materials. The uppers are a mix of hydrophobic mesh and PU while the toe guard is Eco PU. Finally there's a Hydroguard waterproof sock liner to keep your feet dry and happy.
Claimed weights are just 355g for the men's version of the boot and 280g for the women's, which makes them respectably light for a boot or mid.
As with any barefoot footwear, we suspect using the Synth Hiker would mean a period of adaptation and you may need to be a little more careful how you place your feet on rocky terrain, but if you're after a minimal barefoot walking experience, but with some waterproofing and ankle scuff protection, they look like a good option. And spot on for vegans as well.
Price is £99, more information at www.vivobarefoot.com.
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