Summary – Big Shoe in a Light Package. Some slight quality issues.
Over the last year, Patagonia launched the EVERmore trail shoe. I received a test-drive pair and over the last three months have been wearing them in nearly everything Texas and New Mexico can throw at them – rugged rocks, toe grabbing roots, hard-pack dirt, sand, technical, groomed, steep and tame trail environments. Scampers have ranged from 5-17 miles.
Before we get to my trail experience let’s get to know the EVERmore.
Specs of Interest
- Low Profile – 4 mm Heel-to-Toe drop (Stack Height Heel/Toe: 17 mm/13 mm (integrated footbed: 2 mm; midsole 10 mm/6 mm; sole 1.5 mm. 3.5 mm lugs)
- Light – 7.8 ounces (men size 9)
- Integrated Insole
- EVA Forefoot rockplate
- Toe bumper
Out of the box, I couldn’t help but notice the similarity with Merrell tread – roomy toebox, flexible ankle/heel-cup area, and the integrated insole. I also noticed a couple areas of sloppy workmanship with some loose stitching thread near the top eyelet on one of the shoes and the integrated insole stitching seemed a little stitching machine gone wild.
General styling of the black/green pair was, eh, kind of vanilla but OK.
In my usual pre-dirt test, I put the shoes on in the house, ran a few loops in the living room with my six year old son and 22 month old daughter, then the whole family danced to a couple Foo Fighters songs. Yes, it got a bit crazy in our house, just the way we like it.
I liked the feel. Dance test – Pass!
Initial Fit Impressions
The EVERmore’s fit true to size. Size 12 for this dude.
Love the roomy forefoot. I would call it roomy, without excess. For those familiar with the Merrell Bare Access tread, I would consider the EVERmore’s having slightly less forefoot room but definitely still spacious compared to the more traditional shoe world.
The midfoot felt wrapped but not restricted. I could sense a slight amount of medial (arch) support.
The heel felt tucked in place and comfortable. No ankle bone rubbage with the shoe.
Some folks may or may not like the integrated insole especially if you have your own special insoles but I have no problem with the integrated approach. But note, these buggers are NOT coming out.
Time to Get Dirty
To the trails.
As noted early on, I have worn these shoes over the last three months in a wide variety of trail conditions from 5-17 miles.
Within the first few strides one thing was apparent, this shoe has a firm midsole – love that! I am not a fan of a squishy ride. I don’t mind, and actually desire some cushioning (midsole) but I don’t like the sloppy feel that comes with too much squish (which could be due to amount of midsole or firmness of midsole).
Once you wear shoes that have a bit of forefoot room, it is hard not to love that feel. My toes were happy in the EVERmore’s.
They got spunk. Pretty easy to say, the shoes feels pretty spunky being on the lighter size of the shoe world but not all that profound. One word to describe it – smooth. The feet were a dancin’.
Love the tread. Durable. Functional. It really has handled the extremely steep and rugged while easily transitioning to the tame. Solid.
Some may have issues or concerns with the thin flexible heel/ankle cup area with dirt/rocks sneaking in your shoes. I haven’t had an issue with this and I have been playing in all kinds of loose crap. Each foot and person is different, so this could be of concern for some people.
I really dig the piggy protection that includes a where needed hard section of wrapped outsole for the main target of rocks and roots – the big piggy.
What continues to surprise me with the EVERmore is the object protection these shoes provide for a fairly light shoe without a huge amount of midsole. Sometimes I purposefully look for objects to step on and am continually surprised by the buffering this shoe provides.
I ran in the EVERmore for the first 17 miles at the Jemez Mountain 50km and they really handled the groomed, the rocky, the grunt up Pajarito mountain, and the descent down to the ski lodge without concern.
Fortunately, the stitching quality issues haven’t grown with use and have had no noticeable impact on performance.
Upon close inspection of the heel cup area, I am noticing some fabric wear at the back of the heel. There is likely quite a bit more foot movement in a trail shoe versus a road, this could be an opportunity area to improve shoe wear.
Overall, I really dig how the shoes perform on the trail and they can even handle a bit of pavement pounding without feeling awkward. Sometimes I may want to wear a bit more shoe but when I am looking for some spunkier tread, the Patagonia EVERmore is a solid option.
Those who may be most interested in this tread:
- likes a lower profile shoe (4 mm drop)
- likes a moderately light shoe with a firm midsole that provides solid object protection
- Someone into the barefoot type shoes looking for a bit more shoe
- Someone looking to transition to a lighter shoe (or add one to their tread arsenal), yet keep a solid amount of object protection
- likes room for the piggies to play
- is OK with an integrated insole
- looking for primarily a trail shoe that would not spontaneously combust with a few road miles
Have you worn the EVERmore’s? What has been your experience?
Be active – Feel the buzz!
David – EnduranceBuzz.com
Posted on 14 Jun 2013
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