About a year ago I reviewed a pair of Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) barefoot shoes while I was hiking in Canada. I’ve since switched to Merrell Trail Gloves due to having destroyed 3 pairs of VFFs in a single summer of barefoot hiking.
The Marrell Trail Gloves have served as my only shoe while travelling through Central America and I have to say they’ve faired quite a bit better than the VFFs would have. Over the last month or so I’ve been using the Trail Gloves while acting as a hiking guide for Quetzaltrekkers in Leon Nicaragua. The shoes have been subjected to sharp volcanic rock, loads up to 30kg and more cow poop than I would care to remember.
Yes, I said 30 kg, not pounds, its hot here, our gear is heavy, and the clients generally can’t carry as much as we can.
If you’re interested in barefoot running or hiking you may want to look at my article on Vibram Five Fingers as well, but I’ll be drawing some comparisons here.
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