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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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
$160
Weight
Men: 17.6oz
Women: 14.1oz
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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 6.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The shoe had an efficient water drainage system, a reviewer stated.
  • A couple of users praised the grippy outsole of the Primus Trail SG.
  • Some wearers pointed out that the toggle lace feature enabled a convenient use.
  • The shoe excelled on wet terrain, including grass and soil, a runner mentioned.
  • A lot of consumers appreciated the lightness of the shoe’s weight.
  • There was enough room for a comfortable toe splay, a customer remarked.
  • Many buyers thought this running shoe was worth its price.
  • The outsole seemed to be durable despite its thinness, a runner cited.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The collar was too high and was continually hitting the ankle bone, a user commented.
  • Several runners disliked how the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG was too broad to give a relaxed feel.
  • A wearer said the shoe was not comfortable when worn without a sock.

Bottom line

The Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG garnered mostly positive reviews from its users, with comments that focused on the shoe’s performance and its numerous features that proved to be effective. There were only a handful of criticisms that stemmed from fit and sizing issues.


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4.3 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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79 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 83 / 100 by • Rene Borg • Level 1 expert

    ...but, all in all, I'm very pleased with them, the shoe from this very first outing...

  • 80 / 100 by CaveHare • MrHare • Level 1 expert

    If you're a barefoot/minimal fell runner, or you have a wide forefoot, or you run in barefoot shoes and you need a proper UK ready shoe that can handle mud, then these have your name on them.

  • 75 / 100 by PrimalHacker • PrimalHacker • Level 1 expert

    The Primus Trail SG has much better treads and grips the ground much better... I almost feel like I am running in cleats when I have these on.

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Updates to Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG

  • Vivobarefoot introduces the Primus Trail SG, a running shoe that is ideal for “soft ground,” which, in this case, translates to muddy and loose trails. It is a one-of-a-kind, barefoot-type apparel with a water-resistant property. This running shoe is suitable for neutral pronators or those with a medium to high arch.
  • The Primus Trail SG prides itself on being 100% vegan-friendly, as the shoe is built using animal-free processes and materials.
  • It has a breathable mesh upper that keeps the foot feeling fresh and ventilated. As a water-resistant shoe, it includes quick drain zones that efficiently purge water and discourage moisture retention.
  • The shoe has zero cushioning, except for a removable insole, to promote a barefoot and natural running sensation. The outsole is a puncture-resistant layer from a patented synthetic material, which claims to withstand five times more stress than standard soles.

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG size and fit

The Primus Trail SG has a standard running shoe length, but available sizes are limited. The forefoot has a broad construction to promote a maximum toe splay, following the concept of barefoot running. The width profiles for both men’s and women’s versions are available in medium.

Outsole

The outsole of the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail SG comprises eco-rubber, a no-sew material that is from recycled tires. This rubber equips the sole with high abrasion resistance and superior grip where it is most useful.

Introducing the Pro5 layer, a synthetic, ultra-thin material that aims to combat and resist punctures which could damage the shoe or injure the foot. The Pro5 is five times more puncture-resistant than the common outsole material.

Midsole

Because it aims for barefoot-style running, the Primus Trail SG has no midsole or any other cushioning layer. Instead, it has a Poliyou® insole to provide comfort to the underfoot. Poliyou® has activated carbon that absorbs odor, keeping the foot dry and bacteria-free. This sock liner is removable and washable without deteriorating the quality.

Upper

The upper of the Primus Trail SG consists of 3M™ mesh and laminated synthetic material to promote breathability and maximum comfort.

There is a water-resistant layer that protects the shoe from getting wet. It includes quick-drain zones which effortlessly purge water to keep the foot dry and eliminate distractions during running.

A neoprene ankle collar is present, serving as a snug buffer to prevent debris from entering the shoe while also maintaining the mobility of the runner by delivering ample support.

The shoe uses a speed toggle lacing system for a quick wearing technique that guarantees no slipping, no unraveling, and no interferences while on the go.