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Merrell Barefoot Spring 2012 Sneak Peek!

Published by RunningPoint on Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 11:49 EDT

Thanks to Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University, we get a sneak peek of Merrell's Spring 2012 lineup.

It looks to me like Merrell has listened yet again to the people who run in their shoes and have implemented a road specific, flat soled , zero drop shoe into the Barefoot line with the Road Glove for men (top) and the Dash Glove for women (bottom). ***All images via Barefoot Running University (if you couldn't already figure that out)***

Altra Instinct Featured In Popular Science

Published by RunningPoint on Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011 11:29 EDT

Congrats to our friends at Altra Running!!! They just had their zero drop road shoe, the Instinct, featured in Popular Science Magazine as one of the new tools to have if you are training for a marathon. What a great example this is for small upstart companies, make a product that you feel is right and people will notice.

Original Altra Blog post

Review of VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra

Published by RunningPoint on Wednesday, 06 Jul 2011 15:56 EDT

I have been interested in trying out some VIVOBAREFOOT shoes for quite some time, but have been wary to blindly order shoes on the internet since there is no place close for me to try their shoes on before I purchase. When VIVOBAREFOOT offered to send me a pair of shoes to test and review I was very excited. I decided that since they were nice enough to send me a free pair of shoes, I should go for a model that I normally would not purchase. I love to run in sandals but the idea of a zero drop, fully molded foam, waterproof running shoe quite frankly piqued my interest so I jumped on the chance to get a pair of the VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra. After a great initial impression, I set out to take the Ultras through the paces of daily life with me which involves standing for 40+ hours a week at work, chasing kids after work and on the weekends, and of course running in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Free Download of The Barefoot Running Book 2nd Edition

Published by RunningPoint on Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 11:01 EDT

Jason Robillard of Barefoot Running University and Jason's Barefoot Adventures has been kind enough to offer his book, "The Barefoot Running Book, Second Edition" as a free download here.

He mentioned that the download link may expire so we took up his offer to host the book locally and you can download it from us here.

Enjoy! I know we will.

VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra Initial Impressions

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 10 Jun 2011 08:13 EDT

VIVOBAREFOOT was nice enough to send me a pair of their new Ultras "a light-weight barefoot amphibious running shoe" for me to put through the paces. I received them yesterday just before Noon and was off for a run by 12:30, I can't stand to get new running shoes and not run in them within an hour. This gives me a very quick and very early impression of how the shoes will perform without clouding my judgment by standing around in them and going about daily life for a few days before I get to run. My first impression of the Ultras? I'm pleasantly impressed, and I'll tell you why below.

Review of Merrell Trail Glove

Published by RunningPoint on Thursday, 19 May 2011 14:23 EDT

Merrell Trail GloveI know that I have stated in an earlier post that I probably wouldn't do a review of the Merrell Trail Glove due to the fact that there were already so many reviews out there and that they are all so nauseatingly positive. Well, I'm going to recant that statement and do a review anyhow, but with a bit of a different spin. I do not run in my Trail Gloves and I really have no desire to. I have put a few miles on them and they performed beautifully. My main issue with running in them is that they were designed to excel on trails and at this point in my running life, I live on asphalt. Another issue is that I am fully in love with my huaraches and the more natural running experience that they provide. The Merrells are an awesome minimal running shoe but compared to the huaraches, they still have a lot of structure and therefore they alter the way your foot interacts with the ground. I personally prefer the way running in the huaraches makes my body feel and therefore have not taken the Trail Gloves out much at all, I probably have 10 miles of running on them. Why do I ramble on about why I haven't run in my Trail Gloves? Because I wanted it to be fully clear that this is not a review of running in them, but a review of wearing them daily for general use. They have become my new favorite shoe for general use and I love them dearly.

Looking for a new minimal shoe

Published by Ronald on Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:55 EDT

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I’ve been looking online for possible shoes to get that are truly zero drop and have no or minimal support. It was a surprisingly long list I had to work through to find my seemingly perfect shoe just from other reviews online and pictures.

So I thought I would share my impressions of all the shoes I’ve looked at and why I might or might not get them. Here's the list I have looked into.

  • Altra adam,
  • Inov-8 f-lite
  • Merrell Trial Glove
  • Terra plana Neo and Evo
  • New Balance Minimus Trail
  • Invisible Shoes
  • Vibram bikila with laces

First Dutch National Championship Barefoot-style, 8 may 2011

Published by Ronald on Friday, 08 Apr 2011 14:17 EDT

FRunning is proud to announce that the first Dutch National ChampionshipDutch NC Barefoot running Barefoot-style running will be held on the 8th of may 2011 in the city of Tilburg, The Netherlands.

FRunning is a new website trying to promote barefoot running in the Netherlands. Like in many other countries, barefoot-style running is becoming more popular by the day. Frunning decided to hold a nice 10K race just for the more minimalistic shoe wearers or of course on your barefeet.

I think I will have a look and perhaps even sign up. Not sure if I will sign up for the barefoot 10K though. I just don't have the right shoes yet and my Adizero Rockets just aren't minimal enough. So instead I might just join the normal 10K.

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"Barefoot" March

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 01 Apr 2011 13:51 EDT

March 2011 was my first month of the year completely back to "barefoot" running. I completed a total of 20 miles (INJURY FREE!!!) for the month wearing a mixture of super cheap grocery store Aquasox, Invisible Shoes Huaraches, and my Merrell Trail Gloves. Each shoe has it's strengths and weaknesses and I thought I would take a minute to highlight a few for each different form of footwear.

Back in the Huaraches & Trail Glove Update

Published by RunningPoint on Friday, 18 Mar 2011 16:12 EDT

I think Spring is officially here in the mountains of NC. It's currently 78 degrees Fahrenheit and I took full advantage of the first truly warm day of the year. I decided that today was the day to rotate my Invisible Shoe Huaraches back into service. After a longer and colder than normal winter of running in shoes, I have been itching to get back the weather that allows my toes to soak in some much needed vitamin D.

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