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Comparative Review: Inov-8 Evoskin vs. Vibram Fivefingers by Facewest Adventure Equipment Specialists

Posted on July 24 2011

Inov-8-evoskin-blueUK shoemaker Inov-8, a favorite among minimalist runners, has recently released a shoe called the Evoskin. The Evoskin is essentially a silicone foot-glove, and in having pockets for each individual toe it bears a resemblance to the popular Vibram Fivefingers.

When I first saw the Evoskin, my first thought was that they would likely create a sweaty, slippery mess of my feet. As an anatomy professor, I spend hours in the lab wearing latex gloves, and I can attest that sweat buildup in rubber gloves gets rather uncomfortable very quickly, and the thought of doing the same to my feet holds little appeal.

Earlier today I came across a video comparison of the Evoskin vs. the Vibrams from Facewest Adventure Equipment Specialists (see below) – seems to pretty much confirm my suspicions. I think I’ll be taking a pass on these.

Fortunately for Inov-8, they have a lot of other great things to offer – I recently purchased and am putting miles on the Inov-8 Road-X 233 – nice shoe (my first Inov-8), and a full review should be coming soon.

Update 7/24/2011: Here’s an additional Evoskin review from Damien Tougas at Toesalad.com – Damien’s conclusions are more or less the same.

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