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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


     If you look to the right of this page, you will see a link to Xero Shoes' newest offering, the TERRAFLEX.  This is a full-blown trail shoe with a great aggressive tread that holds tight to the trail and still provides some ground feel for those of us who are barefoot and/or minimalist aficionados.

Built similarly to the Prio (See further down on this page for that review), it is an incredibly comfortable and flexible trail shoe.  These, like their "street cousins", the Prios, have a 2mm sock liner that is easily removable.  If the liner is removed, you don't sacrifice any comfort.  The foot-bed incorporates Xeros barefoam for a really comfortable ride, even over rough terrain.  I even wore these on the street some, just to test the sole for wear.  Xeros have always worn well, and these seem to be no different.  The larger lug-type tread don't seem to be showing any appreciable wear, even from asphalt.

      But......back to what they are designed for!  The soles on these are still, (of course!), zero drop, and the uppers are a really comfortable fabric.  My feet aren't always the easiest to fit, but these have a crazy-wide toe box and combined with the upper fabric, I experienced NO discomfort, even when they were brand new.  I choose to wear them without socks, and the interiors are so well made that there are no rubbing seams or other spots.

  I also did a video review on these that you can find on the website by following the link to the right.  Please check it out!

I have always liked Xero's products, since buying my first two pairs in 2010.  They have always produced consistently quality products at reasonable prices, and their customer service is top notch.  Their site has detailed instructions on determining fit, and they always seem happy to answer any questions or give feedback on any issues that may arise.

Please give the new TERRAFLEX a try if you ever run trails or anyplace rough.  You will be happy with these.  I've never tried a better trail shoe.  Check them out through the link at the top right!!

Saturday, December 16, 2017


I held off much longer than usual to review this offering from Xero Shoes.  My apologies to Steven, Lena and the staff who sent these to me to check out, and thanks for their patience.  

     This is such a unique offering, however, I wanted to do even more than the usual wear testing on this product.  I have put this through its' paces, and have hiked and hiked, done some running, and a fair amount of around town wear on these.  They are that versatile, and I'm excited to be doing this review, as these have become a real favorite.

     Let's get started, as I have a lot to say........

     Fresh out of the box, I could see and feel that this product was different.  Xero ALWAYS produces a quality shoe/sandal, but these are exceptional.  Built on the same running sandal sole, they have a really comfortable upper that snugs up around your ankle for serious hiking, while maintaining that "Roll up in a ball" flexibility for which Xeros have become so well-known.  You can see that the toe box is nice and wide, and the tread pattern is capable of serious grip on any terrain that I encountered (and I encountered quite a lot in these!).
 The laces are set up in a "speed lace" style for quick tying, and they have a unique texture which really helps them stay tied in every situation.  They come with a thin insole that is removable. I actually did remove the insoles in mine for most of the time, as I love every bit of ground feel that I can get.  The insoles are thin enough, though that it really isn't necessary to remove them, and leaving them in will likely be better for the interior bottom of the shoe.
      Shortly after receiving these, I had the opportunity to do some camping and hiking at Big Bear Lake, CA.  I took these and another pair of Xeros that I have previously reviewed, their Prios.  I had a history with Prios, hiking in heavy snow, and I knew they could be my go-to if for any reason the Day Lites caused any foot issues, being just out of the box.  I didn't wear anything except the Day Lites, and they were extremely comfortable, whether it was around camp or hiking at the lake or the woods, as seen below.  Brand new hikers that caused no foot issues.  That is a phenomenon in and of itself!
 Not too long after the Big Bear Campout, I had a chance to test these in a lot of different terrain during a trip across Northern Arizona.  They were great during about a 3 hour hike at the Grand Canyon.  Didn't get to take them down in, due to time constraints, but they carried me nicely along several miles of the South Rim.
 We also spent time at Meteor Crater, as shown in the next photograph.  This was more walking and stairs than hiking, but they performed nicely, nonetheless.
      A great test of the soles was the day of hiking through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, near Holbrook, AZ.   If you have been there, you will recall that the trails are covered with really sharp remnants of petrified wood, interspersed with heavy gravel.  We went off trail a bit, and encountered more of the same, only rougher.  I could feel the rocks under my feet, but the soles on these were more than adequate protection from the jagged edges.
 As we crossed the northern part of the state, along I-40, there was an obligatory stop.  I had been getting my 12 year old hooked on oldies, and he has become a big fan of the Eagles.  We pulled off in Winslow, and happened to hit there during a huge Native American festival.  The little town was packed, and there was a big parade, with all the streets lined with food and jewelry vendors.  Parking was nowhere to be had near our destination, so we had to trek a mile or so to "THE CORNER", so had no choice but to "Take it Easy".  Day Lites are good not only for camping, hiking, exploring, but are perfect for "Standin' on the corner in Winslow Arizona"!  Here we are below.  Aren't we "such a fine sight to see?"  There was no girl in a flatbed Ford. We had a great Wife/Mom there to take our picture, though!
The bottom line on these hikers, is that they are the most comfortable, versatile shoes I've ever had.  Next summer we head for summer camp with the Scouts, and these will, for sure, be along, ready for the next set of adventures.  If you haven't yet bought a pair of these, just follow the link to the top right of this page, and treat yourself.  You won't be sorry!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Coalton Chukka from Xero

Today I have an initial review of a new product from Xero Shoes.  I received these about a week and a half ago, and have a video review in the works, but I wanted to at least get a short one out with my impressions so far.   By way of background, I bought my first pair of Xeros back in 2010, when this company was in its infancy.  They have consistently put out good, innovative footwear since that time.  The Coalton is a great example.

     This latest offering is a casual chukka-style that is comfortable enough to wear all day, and just dressy enough to get away with pretty much any attire.  In my day job, I work in an office, and have been wearing these Coaltons to work since I received them.  I am on my feet a lot during the day, and these leave my feet with a great feeling at the end of the day.  I am fortunate to have a desk at which I can stand for most of the day, and these keep my feet comfortable enough to do so.  

     These great shoes are built on the same, tried-and-true running sole that has become one of Xero’s most recognizable features.  Absolute zero-drop and a crazy-wide (in a good way J) toe box that gives your feet plenty of room.  They are made of a nice feeling semi-distressed leather upper that is soft to the touch and has an almost suede-like feel to it.  Top that off with leather laces and you have the whole package.  These can be worn anywhere, with jeans or khakis, to more dress-type pants and they just blend in well.  The stitching and Xero traditional side strap lacing system give these just enough character so they are not “just another shoe.”  The more I wear them, the more they break-in and get even more comfortable. After a while, these are going to feel like my best old leather gloves, only on my feet.  Do yourself a favor and spring for a pair (or two) of these.  As with every Xero product, they are backed by world-class customer service and the 5,000 mile warranty on the soles.  Xero continues to push the envelope with their designs, and this one was a home run!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


I previously did a video review of the Prios that I had the good fortune to test.  I had received them a fairly short time before and had worn them around and run in them some, so I had a decent baseline for a review.  After this review, I have continued to wear them, and recently had the good fortune to give them a real baptism by fire, er actually, snow, rocks, rivers, wet logs, ice-covered stone steps, etc., etc.

      My family recently had a chance to spend a few days in Sequoia National Park.  We had a chance to do some hiking, and I thought that was a good opportunity to give the Prios a real test.  We initially hiked to the top of Moro Rock.  Not a huge hike, but a couple of miles, and then about 1/4 mile of stone-carved steps to the top.  The Prios' chevron design gave me plenty of traction, even where the steps were wet.  (There was a LOT of snow up there this year.)  What surprised me was how they performed on the parts of the stone that were still ice-covered.  Careful steps taken, to be sure, but no slippage at all, even on the ice.  That, though, was the easy part of the test.

      On our last day at the park, we were looking for a shorter, kind of a wrap-up hike before we drove back home, about 5 hours away.  The ranger at the park suggested a nice hike "more of a walk" he said, to Tokopah Falls.  "It's only a couple of miles".  "Do you think we need snowshoes?" I asked.  "No, they recently did a hike there, and none are required.........."  (His pants are bursting into flames as I write this!)  We started through the parking lot of a closed campground, and noticed that, although the lot was clear, there appeared to be a wall of snow about 3-1/2 feet deep right next to it.  Probably a stray drift, I thought.  We crossed a little bridge, (at least I think it was a bridge, although it was totally covered in snow, ) and struck out through the woods, following the footprints in the snow as we paralleled a meandering, but roaring, river.  The Prios gave me good traction in the snow, as well, and then we began to experience the longest 4 miles that I can remember.  Drifts were covering downed trees (big trees), boulders, bridges, you name it.  Some drifts were in excess of 10 ft.  There was a light crust on the snow, however as the 50 degree day wore on, it became less reliable.  My wife is not much heavier than my 11 year old son, and the snow seemed to support them.  Prios are really good shoes.  Even in size 13, however, they are NOT snowshoes!  I spent the next 3-12 hours, mostly up to my knees as my weight 190+ repeatedly broke through the crust.  We crossed wet logs, wet, moss covered rocks, and my feet plunged into the freezing water more than once.  Each time, the grip on the Prios held fast, and the water drained out of them like they were water shoes.  Don't know if that is the design plan, but they do very well in water.  They are now my new kayaking shoes!  We crossed a bridge that was drifted over so heavily that there was only one bridge railing left exposed.  We had to pick our way down a steep snowbank, ease onto the railing, and inch our way sideways, hoping not to slip an plunge 10ft. into the freezing, fast flowing river.  Good old Prios performed like champs there, as well.  We eventually made it to the Falls, and shortly afterward, began the trek back the way we came, encountering some other hikers with...........SNOWSHOES!  Don't know how they made it across all those river crossings.  Must have been a pain to keep removing those.  The Prios performed beyond any expectations, and even with feet soaked and 4 miles of rough trail, I had no blisters or even hot spots.  They held up great, stayed tied well.  (Only had to re-tie one during the whole hike), and cleaned up nicely afterward, with no discernible wear.  I gave these high praise during my first review, and can seriously heap it on, now that I have had a chance to test them further.  These are great, quality shoes, and seem to be up to just about any task that you have in mind for them!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Questionable advice.................

Just received an email from the Veteran's Administration health website.  They have "tips" on starting a running program.  One of the first is:

2. Wear proper footwear

You might think that your flip-flops are the most comfortable shoes you own - but they are not appropriate for running. For exercising, be sure to have properly fitted athletic shoes with good arch support.

Don't think there's a lot of research going on there about minimalist/barefoot running.  Kind of makes the rest of the info on there suspect, as well!

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