The VIVOBAREFOOT Breatho Trail ($90) is a breathable barefoot-style minimalist trail shoe. Lets take a look at the Breatho Trail.
The Breatho comes in slightly lighter than the Neo Trail at 9.25 oz versus 9.75 oz. The shoe has plenty of room in the toebox. I would recommend a half size smaller because of the larger toebox compared to the Neo Trail. I believe this is due to the upper meshing material on the Breatho which allows more space for the foot.
The Breatho has some great features such as:
- Very breathable upper
- Lock-lacing system
- Great traction with its directional lugs
- Toe guard protection
When testing the Breatho Trail, I chose to leave the insole and wear socks. You can remove the insole and wear the Breatho without any socks. Most of the testing was on non-technical section of trail. However, I did venture a bit and tackle some technical sections. My feet got a workout, but was sufficiently protected. Like the Neo, the Breatho performed very well in muddy conditions. Unlike the Neo, the Breatho had no problems draining water after stream crossings. The upper is very breathable. In the “lab”, the evaporation test results were “Good”.
The Breatho works well on other surfaces – road and grass. They are an excellent addition for any runner who is looking for a barefoot-style shoe that includes ample protection, great traction, and a breathable upper.
- Drop – 0 mm
- Stack Height – 7 mm (include insole = 10mm)
- 2.5 mm Sole
- 4.5 mm Luggs
- 3 mm insole
- Gusseted tongue
- Barefoot Style
- No Rock Plate
- Ultra thin puncture resistant sole
- Upper – Synthetic (Very Breathable)
- Made In – China
VIVOBAREFOOT has listened to trail runner comments to develop a breathable version of the Neo Trail. The Breatho Trail is priced just right for runners looking to get into a barefoot-style shoe that has great protection, traction, flexibility, and breathability. There is plenty of room in the toebox for splaying when running. The Breatho could be an ounce or two lighter. VIVOBAREFOOT has added a great new shoe to its trail running line.