Updates to Vivobarefoot Ultra 3

  • The Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 is already the third shoe in the amphibious Ultra series. Compared to its predecessor, this model is a few ounces heavier in the sole. However, there weren’t a lot of changes in the new version, making it a great option for fans of the original Ultra.
  • Aesthetic-wise, the overall structure of the Ultra 3 is more refined. The lacing eyelets were changed to provide better flexibility and fit. Another noticeable difference is the toe box. In the Ultra 3, the toe box has a somewhat smaller design, which might not be favorable to those who have wide feet. Nevertheless, it offers better durability to protect the toe from debris while running on rough trails.
  • Vivobarefoot is also a famous brand of vegan running shoes. The Ultra 3 is another offering made from 100% animal-free products and processes, making it vegan-certified.

Size and fit

As to the length, the Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 is considered as true-to-size. The width for the men’s and women’s models are measured at medium. Runners will appreciate the naked and comfortable fit offered by the shoe, even with socks.

Outsole

The Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 features the puncture-resistant Pro 5 Outsole. The unique sole rubber has been tested to withstand five times more impact from rough trails with occasional debris. Aside from its commendable durability, the shoe’s outsole also has dependable traction and optimal grip to prevent runners from slipping during a run. It also doesn’t add too much weight to the shoe, keeping it as minimal as possible.

The hex grip sole is created with sticky rubber to prevent slippage. It is also designed to push the water out to enable the runner to run (or climb) rocks and other textured surfaces with ease. 

Midsole

Since the Vivobarefoot Ultra series is considered to be barefoot running shoes, the Ultra 3 does not have any technical construction in the midsole. However, the outsole, which has minimal padding, serves as the shoe’s midsole.

Upper

The shoe’s hexagon EVA structure offers lightweight breathability that is hard to beat in the barefoot running category. The material drains water well, making it a great choice for trail runs. It also keeps the upper well-ventilated, dry and comfortable. Its moisture wicking properties are also guaranteed.

The lacing system of the shoe allows the wearer to find a secure fit without the hassle. It can be adjusted easily to accommodate the natural preference.

Rankings

How Vivobarefoot Ultra 3 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 28% trail running shoes
All trail running shoes
Bottom 1% Vivobarefoot running shoes
All Vivobarefoot running shoes
Bottom 27% water repellent running shoes
All water repellent running shoes

Popularity

The current trend of Vivobarefoot Ultra 3.
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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.