Shoe Name: Vibram FiveFingers Lontra
Weight: 6.75 oz
Price: $150.00 MSRP
Drop: zero mm
Forefoot: Classic wide anatomical forefoot that FiveFingers offer. Tends to have a slightly looser fit as they are constructed with more material consisting of a multi-layer laminate upper with fully taped seams and a micro-pile fleece liner. More material meant a slightly bigger shoe to prevent a tighter fit as well as room for socks given it is a cold weather shoe. Previously when I attempted to wear socks with my Treksports in the snow the fit was too tight constricting my toes leading to even colder toes. This roomier shoe fixed that issue.
Cushion: May feel as if it has more cushion then a typical FiveFinger shoe given its 4mm midsole plating which is nice for rocks on trails. The sole is made with a Vibram TC-1 Dura outsole including slight cleating for excellent grip.
Flexibility: Despite the heavier construction for a winter shoe, it still maintains the classic full flexibility that FiveFingers offer for a minimalist shoe.
Overall: Finally a winter FiveFingers shoe that I can run in when there is slush and snow on the ground. Our first snowfall came this year and it was a pleasure testing these in the snow!!! Perfect!! I did wear socks, which is atypical for me, and it was actually nice because my foot stayed warmer and the roomier fit allowed the socks to help make for a perfect fit. The sole provided more then adequate grip in the snow. The neoprene sock liner is comfortable and kept the snow out. I will say this is a heavier and more bulky shoe then I am used to from Vibram but it is indeed a shoe reserved for extreme weather conditions as well as trails. I even used it to do some sledding with my kids and my feet stayed dry!!
I think they did a great job at making a “Winter” FiveFinger!!