Tag: Hydra ESC Review

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Vivobarefoot Hydra ESC

The latest VB trail shoe. Following in the footsteps of the Neo Trail, Breatho, Primus, and the Swimrun. The number one criticism of VB trail shoes is upper durability. But this shoe is bullet-proof.

The upper has a polyurethane (with 20% bio corn) cage which reduces wear and tear. My shoes are as good as new 225 miles in.

The Mitchelin sole has lugs up to 7mm deep. This is because the bottom of the outsole is flat, rather than curved, so the outer lugs are deep. While this gives great grip, this signficantly adds to the shoe’s weight. It is noticably heavy when running fast.

Wear and Tear:

I’ve run 225 miles of trail and some tarmac in this shoe and there are no signs of wear-and-tear.


Noticably heavy for racing, but durable, quick drying and fun. 90/100


Weight – 338g – (UK size 9)
Midsole – None. Zero-drop
Outsole – Michelin with up to 7mm lugs
Insole – Standard and removable.
Flexibility – High
Fitting – Wide toebox. Natural foot-shaped last.