Updates to the Xero Shoes Z-Trail EV

If you are quite positive that you have heard the name Z-Trail EV before, you are not mistaken. This is because the sandal in question is the direct successor to the Z-Trail. With that out of the way, let us discuss its key updates below.

Revamped outsole

Xero Shoes engineers tweaked the FeelTrue outsole on the Z-Trail EV. This is reflected in the formation of its lugs around the ball of the foot. These rubberized protrusions are now more spaced apart, delivering extra grip over loose soil. They also shed sticky mud and the like more effectively as you go.

Broader strap post (forefoot)

With it, your pinky toe will have less chance of slipping out of the sandal’s inner borders.

Improved cushioning

While the Z-Trail EV’s sole unit has the same thickness as the one on its predecessor, the Z-Trail EV’s is cushier around the forefoot. This translates to extra comfort for your toes and improved bounce during transitions.

Some considerations before you buy the Z-Trail EV

  • As a barefoot hiker, you are trading underfoot support for sensitivity in this pair.
  • You might want to use this almost exclusively on well-maintained trails with virtually no presence of pointy rocks.
  • It lacking a toe post and toe grooves might be problematic to those who are prone to forefoot slippages.


How Xero Shoes Z-Trail EV ranks compared to all other shoes
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