Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 7oz
Women: 7oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most users mentioned in their reviews that the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG was highly comfortable.
  • Several customers said that this footwear had a good quality.
  • A few users said that the shoe’s drainage properties were excellent; they wore it confidently, even in the most challenging conditions.
  • Some runners pointed out that the footwear had an efficient lacing system.
  • A purchaser liked the overall look and design of the shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners had issues with the sizing of the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG.
  • An individual mentioned that there wasn’t enough flexibility to allow for smooth transitioning from heel to toe.

Bottom line

The Vivibarefoot Primus Trail, a minimalist shoe, has gained a competitive edge in the market owing to its high comfortability, better adaptive properties, and stylish looks. The shoe also offers a very efficient drainage system.


Rankings


Ratings

4 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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4 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 71 / 100 by RunRepeat • James Smith • Level 3 expert

    These firm ground trail shoes are a good offering from Vivobarefoot but I feel as though they lack depth in terms of use.

  • 86 / 100 by Jiri Kaderabek • Jiri Kaderabek • Level 1 expert

    I am pretty confident that this shoe is gonna last quite a while.

  • 88 / 100 by Trail Running Mag UK • Trail Running Mag UK • Level 3 expert

    A tough, durable barefoot shoe, at home on slippy trails and dry paths.

  • 91 / 100 by The Emperors New Shoes • Jeff Pyrah • Level 2 expert

    Properly functioning minimal shoe suitable for all surfaces except mud. A worthy evolution of VB’s trail offering. Long-term test shows very good durability.

  • 90 / 100 by Adam Beeton • Adamski Beetz • Level 2 expert

    A top-quality minimalist trail shoe which is just about perfect.

  • 90 / 100 by Vivobarefoot • Lucie Zona • Level 1 expert

    I really enjoy the barefoot feeling with a protective, minimalist sole and. I really love natural movement and being barefoot.

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Updates to Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG

  • The Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG is a minimalist shoe that has the Firm Ground Outsole for maximum grip and enhanced resistance to abrasion.
  • Its mesh upper is highly breathable in nature, which keeps the runner’s foot healthy and cool during the runs. Another interesting feature is the Quick Drain Zones which keep water from pooling in the foot-chamber. These zones also wick away moisture and perspiration.

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG size and fit

The footwear has the standard running length and the standard medium width of D and B for men and women, respectively. The footwear is most suitable for users with medium sized feet in terms of width. Also, its semi-curved shape enables the shoe to adapt itself to the shape of the foot and its changing movements.

Outsole

The Firm Ground outsole is known for its excellent abrasion-resistant properties and enhanced grip on various terrains. The sticky rubber provides the needed traction while running and prevents slippage on wet or slanting surfaces.

Because the sole unit has an extremely low-profile construction, flexibility is easy to attain.

Midsole

The Primus Trail FG doesn’t have a traditional midsole construction. The inner portion of the rubber outsole serves as the main underfoot platform. It’s designed to deliver an experience that is as close to the ground as possible. It caters to minimalist runners and people who have a neutral gait.

Upper

The Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG features a breathable mesh material for a healthy inflow and outflow of air through the foot-chamber. The mesh assists in maintaining a properly ventilated environment inside the shoe. This mechanism keeps the user’s foot cool and dry throughout the running session.

The shoe houses the Quick Drain Zones which further improve the drainage system. These prominent pores prevent pooling when the runner is tackling wet surfaces and conditions.

For a seamless feel against the skin, the shoe utilizes the Fused Upper Material. The minimal construction enhances the experience of comfort for the user.

The Cable Lace and Toggle allows for quick and efficient lacing. Also, it effectively maintains the snug fit throughout the run, thereby preventing uncomfortable sliding of the foot inside the shoe while also providing a glove-like fit.