If I had just one word to describe Xero shoes new trail shoe the Terraflex it would be versatile.  Built on the platform of the popular Prio, Xero added a lugged sole for better grip, 3mm of Barefoam™ for extra comfort and a Tough Tek toe bumper for added protection.  It’s marketed as a running/hiking shoe and works equally well for both activities with just enough tread to bite into soft surfaces but not be awkward on harder surfaces. It has a tough durable rubber sole that offers just enough protection without being too heavy, and it’s low profile and natural foot shape make it steady not only on uneven terrain but also for a variety of gym exercises as well.  Being a minimal shoe by design cushion is not a priority but it still provides a comfortable run on just about any surface.  It packs down to nothing so it is great for travel and its ability to handle any surface or activity eliminates the need to pack along a whole arsenal of footwear.  It doesn’t look bad with jeans or shorts either!

The Tech Sheet:

Natural FIT — A wide toe box lets your toes spread and relax. Plus the “XERO-drop” sole (non-elevated heel and low-to-the ground) allows for proper posture, balance and agility

Natural MOTION — The TerraFlex is flexible enough to let your feet bend, move, and flex the way, well, that feet are supposed to. Plus, they’re so light weight, you’ll barely know you have them on. A men’s 9 is only 9.6 ounces each

Natural FEEL — The TerraFlex uses our FeelTrue® rubber with an removable 2mm insole, to let you Feel The World®

Vegan friendly materials — No animal products in the TerraFlex

Huarache inspired design — The heel strap is not only eye-catching but functional

Adjustable instep strap — The “inverted V” straps aren’t sewn down, so you can use them to lock in your instep while keeping your toes free to move

Reflective straps — That middle section of the heel and instep straps is highly reflective for evenings and night

Removable 2mm insole — For a more “barefoot” feeling, you can remove the optional 2mm insole

Barefoot friendly — Wear the TerraFlex with or without socks

5,000 mile sole warranty — like ALL our FeelTrue®

My personal experience:

I love the versatility of this shoe.  I did several runs it on varying terrain, hit the gym, wore it to the playground with the kids, hiked, climbed and was comfortable in all these activities.  The step in feel of this shoe is great, it has a natural shape so your toes can move but it’s not sloppy on the foot.  Underfoot it’s a solid platform and Xero really hit the outdoor all-purpose nail on the head with the lugs on these.  Large enough to shred some mud and soft surfaces, but not overly aggressive that you lose surface area or proprioception on slick-rock or boulders.  You can also hit the road without having the feeling that your lugging mud tires around on your feet.  They are a minimal shoe so you will feel the ground, and my feet were a little sore after running some rough rocky terrain, especially with steep descents and loose rocks but compared to other minimal shoes the protection was more than adequate.  They are a little bit too heavy for me to use as a racing shoe for trails or OCR but compared to lighter weight racing shoes they definitely seem to be more durable so I look forward to getting a lot more quality use out of them.

Final Assessment:

Step in feel – 5/5

Grip – 5/5

Weight 4/5

Ride – 5/5

Total: 19/20

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Currently sponsored by the North Face as an ultramarathon runner. Jordan loves his family, running and makes time to stay fit. 2014 Bushido 2 Challenge, 1st place 2014 Spartan Super, Evergreen, 8th place Jordan has placed first in: North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Hells Hills 25 KM Rothrock Challenge 18 M North Face Endurance Challenge, Kansas City 50 KM North Face Endurance Challenge, Washington 50 M North Face Endurance Challenge, New York 50 M Nueces 50- 50 M Placed in top 3 in multiple endurance challenges. Attended Liberty University, majoring in Kinesiology and competed on the track and cross country teams. While at Liberty earned several conference titles and was part of the 2006 US Junior Cross Country team that competed at the World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. PR’s are 3:50 for the 1500m, 14:00.13 for the 5k and 29:34 for the 10k. Member of the North Face Team, McDougal rolled through the desert trails in 6:30 to earn the U.S. 50-Mile Trail Championships/Nueces 50 – Rocksprings, Texas. 2007 (R-Jr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … finished as runner-up at the Big South Cross Country Championships … earned first all-region honor of his career at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … finished 16th at the meet, in a personal-best 10K time of 30:27, narrowly missing a berth in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships … became the first men’s runner to win three straight 5K titles at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, and also anchored the Flames’ distance medley relay squad to victory … garnered a pair of second-place finishes at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5K. 2006 (R-So.):Five-time All-Big South performer (one cross country, two indoor track, two outdoor track) … Big South third-place finisher in cross country … Liberty’s No. 2 runner (32nd overall) at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships … defended his Big South indoor 5K title and finished as 3K runner-up … 1,500-meter and 10K runner-up at outdoor conference meet. 2005 (R-Fr.):Five-time All-Big South performer (two indoor track, three outdoor track) … finished second behind his brother Josh at each of the first three cross country meets of the year … ran an 8K PR of 23:46 to finish as the Stanford Invitational runner-up … placed fifth at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Cross Country Championships, earning a trip to Japan for the World Championships … 5K champion and 3K runner-up at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships … 5K and 10K champion and 1,500-meter runner-up at the Big South outdoor meet … finished second in the Penn Relays 5K. 2004 (Fr.): Redshirted the season … placed fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:29. Prep: Home schooled … placed 23rd at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships as a senior. Cross Country Bests: 8K – 23:46, 10K – 30:27 Track Bests: Steeplechase – 8:58, 5K – 14:00 Jordan subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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