Verdict from 11 experts and 58 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Some runners were impressed by the features of the shoe without affecting the weight.
  • Based on reviews, the interior lining of the Lontra is very comfortable for sockless running.
  • It has impressive grip, especially on wet surfaces, according to some testers.
  • The Vibram Lontra is very flexible based on several runners’ accounts.
  • It has a multi-layer laminated upper that offers water-resistance and insulation attributes.
  • It has neoprene heel cuff to keep debris and snow out.
  • The Lontra has reflective surfaces for increased visibility while running on low light.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Lontra is an expensive shoe.
  • Some runners experience irritation in the Achilles caused by the shoe’s neoprene ankle collar.
  • Based on some reviews, the shoe is difficult to put on.

Bottom line

The Vibram FiveFingers Lontra offers a combination of the lightness and flexibility. The impressive traction, water-resistant feature and multi-layer upper make this a reliable minimalist running shoe, even when running in snowy condition.

Tip: see the best trail running shoes.

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Good to know

  • The Vibram FiveFinger Lontra features an effective upper construction. It uses a breathable and highly stretchable mesh upper that delivers adaptive fit. It is also water-resistant. Aside from this, the Velcro strap is another unique feature that holds the foot securely while running.
  • This trail running shoe also features the Vibram TC-1 Dura outsole. It is specifically designed to deliver the right amount of traction and durability while maintaining a closer ground contact.

As compared to other previous shoes from Vibram FiveFingers, the Lontra looks bulkier but yet it true to its size. The heel is a lot snugger, given the padded heel collar. The forefoot is also a lot wider, allowing the toes to spread comfortably. This shoe is best for those who have medium foot value and those with slightly wider foot.

The outsole of the Lontra uses the notable Vibram TC-1 Dura outsole. The 4mm thick outsole material delivers increased traction on wet surfaces and durability on high abrasion areas. The thin layer is enough to give foot protection without sacrificing ground contact. This durable material is also added to the outer sole of the Vibram Bikila and other running shoes from Vibram Five Fingers.

In the midsole is the injected EVA foam that is 4mm in thickness. It is a minimal cushioning yet it delivers right amount of underfoot protection. The midsole material also keeps the foot drier all throughout the runs since it has thermoregulation capacity.

The upper of the Vibram FiveFingers Lontra features a Laminated Stretch Mesh upper that delivers a breathable coverage and adaptive fit. The upper built is also water resistant in nature, keeping the foot dry even on wet conditions. Instead of the traditional TPU lacing, there is a Velcro strap in the shoe that keeps the foot secure while running.

How Lontra compares

This shoe: 83
All shoes average: 82
55 94
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £130
£60 £230
This shoe: 191g
All shoes average: 296g
170g 680g
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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.