Train hard while treading lightly on the planet. The Primus Lite III All Weather is Vivobarefoot's year round trainer. Keep in mind that Vivobarefoot is located in Britain, so their year round can be a little different to what we experrience in Canada. The All Weather models are water resistant and provide light insulation like a thin layer of neoprene might.
They feature water resistant uppers material made from recycled polyester, so you can train all year round, all without sacrificing barefoot feeling. The insoles and outsoles are made with recycled materials as well to reduce impact on the planet.
We find most of our customers take their regular size in this model. The Primus Lite III All Weather is unlikely to stretch out over time.
The Primus Lite III All Weather has a sleek fit style:
suits feet that are narrow to average width
tapers in width to allow space for the toes to move while holding the heel securely
suits average to low foot volume, and offers some adjustment to volume through the lacing
suits a variety of toe and forefoot shapes, but those with square or rounded toe shapes may want to go up a size to avoid the outer toes brushing the front of the shoe
the Primus Lite III All Weather is available in European men's and women's sizing: a 41 men's will be about the same length as a 41 women's, but the men's will be slightly wider and higher volume, and vice versa
Note on laces:
The lacing is very secure once they're done up, as the eyelets will grip the laces due to the material's texture. This makes them great for our barefoot runners and for folks who like to put their shoes on in the morning and then forget about them all day.
However if you have trouble with lacing already from mobility or pain issues, it could make things more challenging for you to don and doff these shoes. Replacing the laces with elasticated options may help make these more accessible if they're otherwise a good choice for you. Let us know if you have questions about this and we'll help you out.
The Primus Lite III All Weather feels very barefoot. You'll feel your terrain easily, and the soles bend and flex so that your feet can too. Like most Vivobarefoot shoes, the soles do not feel cushiony.
If you are new to minimal shoes and used to thick, stiff soles, you may want to take it slow in this model. It takes time to develop the mobility, strength, and gait required to use these as runners or everyday shoes. If you enjoy when shoes feel as close as possible to being barefoot, you'll likely enjoy the Primus Lite III All Weather.
Vivobarefoot provides the following care info:
"When possible, it’s best to use natural products for cleaning and weather protection. Soapy cold water beats a washing machine when it comes to our performance shoes."
We recommend spot cleaning and handwashing in cold water and gentle soap only as needed. Afterwards, lay your shoes flat to dry out of direct sun. Avoid over washing by handwashing just the insoles to refresh in between.
The Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III All Weather is perfect for spring and fall road running in Canada with their high tech uppers material that provides a little protection from water and a little insulation from chill mornings and evenings.
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