Summary

We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.

Facts

Update:
Terrain: Trail
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 6.7oz | Women: 5.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 0mm | Women: 0mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Features: Slip-on
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Competition
Heel height: Men: 7mm | Women: 7mm
Forefoot height: Men: 7mm | Women: 7mm
Brand: Vibram FiveFingers
Type: Low drop | Zero drop | Barefoot
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $130
Colorways: Grey
Size
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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Primal Lifestyle | Level 2 expert

    These are the future of footwear, no doubt.

  • 82 / 100 | Birthday Shoes | | Level 2 expert

    I don't find my feet sweating up a storm in them for casual wear but there is more moisture than other more breathable barefoot shoes or FiveFingers.

  • 83 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 4 expert

    If you love FiveFingers but hate the way your toes easily get cold or soggy in winter conditions, the Lontra gives you all the protection you need to make it through the winter.

  • 79 / 100 | Minimalist Running Shoes | | Level 4 expert

    To begin with, the VFF Lontra is one of the hardest Vibram model to put on my feet. Maybe it’s the tightness from the fully taped seams on the mid-height uppers.

  • 80 / 100 | Aaron Olson | Level 2 expert

    It is beefier than the Spyridon and the Bikila and offers better protection.

  • 91 / 100 | Dr. Nick's Running Blog | | Level 1 expert

    Finally a winter FiveFingers shoe that I can run in when there is slush and snow on the ground.

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  • 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.

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