Terra Plana Evo II
I’ve been running “barefoot” for quite a while now. Mostly in minimalist FiveFingers but sometimes truly barefoot. And the hardest problem to solve has been the cold. Where I live the ground gets cold often dipping below freezing. FiveFingers are not good at this or at least they aren’t for my feet. Anything below 2C or so and my toes are frozen.
I picked up some Terra Plana Evo II’s the other day at the new Born to Run shop in Bellevue. They look pretty cool and I wore them around the house and city yesterday. Today I took them out for a wet and cold seven mile run.
The verdict: pretty good. My feet were never cold and really enjoyed wearing a thick wooly sock. The ground-feel was nice although not as crisp as the FiveFinger KSOs, closer in feel to the Bikilas I wore for the Dublin Marathon. The footbox is wide, no hot spots, just generally good. The one thing I noticed is they are louder than the FiveFingers. Running barefoot or in FiveFingers you run almost silently, ninja-style. It’s one of the treats of running barefoot is to job next to someone in traditional shoes and hear them clumping and galumphing along. The EVO II’s are just a little less quiet somehow.