Rated1out of5bypianist88fromDisappointedI was very excited to see an option for colder/wetter weather with Fivefingers. However, I was very disappointed by these shoes and returned them after trying them on.
1-These are not for anyone with a high in-step: I wear Bikila LS as my daily shoe, and I don't tighten the lacing system, so I know I have a high in-step. However, the Lontras are so dramatically different than the Bikila LS that I couldn't even get the velcro strap anywhere near attached. When I put the shoes back in the box I noticed that attaching the velcro fully even wrinkled the fabric of the shoe - so there is no extra room with that strap.
2-Perhaps I got a bad pair, but the left shoe had the 4th and 5th toes cut a good 1/2 inch deeper into the shoe than the rest of the toes (and compared to the right shoe also): This caused instant pain when the shoe was on, as those toes were effectively being given a wedgie. Not to mention that the difference between the left and right was clearly visible and looked pretty silly.
So, if you are considering these shoes... BEWARE! Vibram needs to do some work and refine these a bit. Hopefully soon because I loathe having to abandon my Bikila's for winter.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated1out of5byChi Barefoot RunnerfromImpossible to put onI love vibram bikila for running and thought these would be the perfect addition for winter running. I found these shoes so rigid that after 20 minutes of fussing with no luck of getting my toes in the right place that these shoes were not for me. I was left frustrated and with sore toes. For reference, I have been running in vibrams for 3 years. What I love about the vibram is their flexibility, which seems to be absent in these shoes. I really hope vibram redesigns these shoes for next winter. But for now I will stick with cold feet on chilly winter days. Perhaps I would have found my foot placement with the larger size shoe, but the lack of flexibility left me not wanting to try. I returned them promptly and bought a new pair of vibram bikila ls's.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated1out of5byDrlorifromDon't buy. Awful.I am so disappointed. I love my KSOs and wanted a winter barefoot shoe. These are being returned. I guess I have narrow heels, I didn't find the cuff a big deal to put on but it gaps on my foot. The strap is useless, no idea why it's there it does NOT go behind the heel like on a KSO. So you can not adjust the heel size. It took 60 seconds for the cuff to rub painfully on my ankle.
The sole is inflexible and there is 0 ability to move the pinky toe away from the toe next to it.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated4out of5byA Dog named RikerfromI love this productI use these VFF's primarily for daily use during the cold weather. I purchased them after seeing them on sale at REI. I had been stubborn in wearing both my VFF KSOs and Bikilas during the winter weather. After stepping in numerous puddles and enduring snow and ice, I figured a waterproof and insulated pair couldn't hurt.
I agree with other reviewers that these are not VFFs for the first time wearer. I have the two other pairs that I have worn (almost) to pieces and still took a couple of minutes to figure out the Lontras. I have smaller feet, so after I figured out how to use both of the loops near the opening it was easy. I can now take them on and off in the same time as any other pair.
These do have a thicker sole and more rigged feel since they have a waterproof coating and insulation. After I wore them for a few days they didn't feel as rigged and my toes felt more comfortable.
For anyone hating to put on anything other than VFFs and live in a cold climate, these would be great for you! I would give them a try, especially since REI has such wonderful customer service.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated3out of5byNE Oregon InnkeeperfromDon't get your hopes up too highLike other reviewers I anxiously awaited the Lontra because of its waterproof/water resistant features. What surprised me was how poorly insulated the shoe is. In 10-20 degree weather the toes go numb; perhaps they'd be fine at 30-40 degrees or with greater activity (running vs walking). Cold transfer comes via the sole and also the fabric. Buyers could compensate by going up a size to better accommodate thicker socks--not an option if you're wearing a size 40 (I understand there are thin wool socks available now which could make a difference).
I didn't find the hightop opening a problem. If it's tight, perhaps a well-placed grapefruit could remedy the problem in a hour or so.
Agree that this style is better suited for veteran VFF wearers because it does take a little coordination to get them on, especially at first.
I would recommend them to a friend, but with reservations. And I'll wear them because I bought them, but I wish they were warmer!
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated2out of5byFlipmousefromToo hard to put onI really was looking forward to a weather-proof set of VFFs. Love my Bikilas but cannot wear them in cold weather. The Lontras are well constructed and look like they have great traction, but they were too difficult to put on. I dislocated my thumb trying to get them on, and now that hand is out of commission. I will have to return the shoes. Would be great if they made a lace-up version! Keeping my fingers crossed on that.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated4out of5bySoggy SherifromMore Then Meets My Expectations!These don't claim to be waterproof, but I would call them that, and I live in a very wet climate! Insulation value is not great, but better then the Trek's. I do not recommend these for first time VFF wearers. Very stiff toe dividers and a greater stretch between toes. I would suggest if buying on-line to order 2 pairs, to get a good fit on each foot. For me it was a 50/50 chance, hence two pairs, mixing up the right and left shoes. If you feel ANY discomfort in the toes when you first try them on, it will only get worse when you head out on the trail! These have been fine trail running into the mid 30's barefoot, but need to add socks for hiking about 41 or so. Overall, I am very happy with them,even though they are quite expensive.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated3out of5bystokerwomanfromworth a tryI agree with the previous reviewer, on all counts. If you already like fivefingers but are frustrated by cold wet feet, try these. Keep in mind that getting them on is part of your workout, and then you won't mind when it takes ten minutes the first time. The cuffs do stretch, and it gets easier.
There is a very helpful review of these along with a long comment thread on a blog called birthdayshoes. I recommend anyone who's interested to look that up and read through all the comments.
Date published: 2012-12-08
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