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I t is our honor at TrailAndUltraRunning.com to introduce the Patagonia EVERlong. This trail/road crossover is an incredibly lightweight performance shoe built on a 24mm/20mm stack height base (4 mm drop). At only 8.4oz it offers the weight of a racing flat with the cushion of a long distance ultra shoe. TAUR put this shoe on several of our testers located all over the country who ran it on roads, buff trails, dirt roads, and slammed them over rocks and roots to the tops of some of the gnarliest peaks in the Utah Wasatch and Colorado front range.
A t first glace anyone putting on the shoe will notice that there are virtually no seams along the entire upper. Putting it on feels much like a slipper instead of running shoe. A lightly cushioned heel pod holds the heel in while the mid-section wraps the foot snugly in place, allowing for the double welded mesh forefoot upper to breathe and the foot to relax. While the tread doesn’t seem overly aggressive we found that it provided more than ample protection from sharp rocks, yet still maintained stability on loose dirt and rocks.
On average our testers put 70+ miles on their pair before providing their feedback. They were asked to use them in every condition, on both trails and roads, and see if they could beat them down. While the shoe didn’t work for everyone, the general consensus was that it was met with high marks. We rated each category on a scale from 1-5. In some cases the best possible answer was to give the shoe a “3”, assuming that a 1 and 5 were opposite ends of the spectrum. You’ll see in each section how our testers broke it down and their comments, both good and bad. Remember to watch the video at the end Comment on the article for a chance to win your own pair. You won’t be disappointed.
Fit around the heel: 3.3
In this category a 1 represents “too tight” of a fit and a 5 represents “too loose” a fit, with 3 indicating the perfect heel fit.
T.R. – “First thing I noticed was there are “pillows” on each side of the heel box. They fit nice around my ankles and were not a bother. I ran back to back days with two different lacing options. One, laced out of the box with the top holes open and the next day with the last eyelets employed. I liked the top holes open (better foot/ankle action). No negative feel on the fit around the heel.”
Pete – “I love the soft and yet supportive heel fit feature. I have always struggled to understand the harsh and stiff heel in many road shoes.”
Rebecca – “I felt my heels and ATs rubbing up against the back of the shoe since they didn’t fit in the back the best. I got used to it during the runs, but it still wasn’t the best fit.“
Toe box fit: 2.5
In this category a 1 represents “too tight” and 5 represents a “too loose” fit, with a 3 indicating the perfect to box fit.
Mark – “I don’t require a wide toe box and while I enjoy a wider toe box these did not feel too narrow or limited.”
T.R. – “I ran in thin socks one day and thick socks the next – the fit was the same. The mid-foot and upper really hugs the foot so I am a HUGE fan of the fit of this shoe.”
Matt – “Toe box is more generous than most, but found my pinky toes did feel a little crammed after longer runs, especially those with long descents.”
Sole durability and traction: 3.8
In this category 1 represented poor durability and horrible traction while a 5 indicated bomber durability and fantastic traction in all situations.
Craig – “At first glance the shoes look like they will fall apart, but after putting a bunch of tough miles on them the tread still looked really good. I was very impressed overall.”
Pete – “I have used the EVERlong on roads, wet and dry trails, snow and ice, rocky and sweet smooth single track. The out soles have withheld the beating, better then a pinata on child’s birthday. “
Mark – “They don’t have large enough lugs for loose rock uphill and downhill running.”
Cushion and Comfort: 3.0
In this category a 1 represented “not enough cushion” while a 5 represented “too much cushion or squishy”. A 3 was the perfect amount.
T.R. – “What a surprise – the EVERlongs were more comfortable than I first guessed pulling them out of the box. I like my cushioning and these shoes provide it in a stealthy light package. I was doing small loops that passed my truck in case I needed to swap due to sore feet…It never happened. I hit all types of terrain on the test and even went our of my way to get into the rocks and pound the descents and I am very happy with the comfort of these shoes. “
Pete – “The EVERlong is an amazingly comfortable shoe. The shoe is like being tucked into bed by your mother. You feel safe and ready for a long nights rest. In these shoes, my feet easily and comfortably could run a marathon on the roads, a 50 miler on the trails or cheering for your favorite team at the stadium. “
There were no negative comments regarding cushion and comfort!
Overall Rating: 4.0
The Patagonia EVERlong was a fantastic surprise for all but one of our testers. It is worth noting that the tester who did not have a good experience in the shoe was our only female. Without having another female tester in the shoe we can’t conclusively determine if this a one-off issue or across the board. It can be safely assumed though that the EVERlong is a great option for nearly everyone. We recommend you give it a try for yourself and see what you thing. Here are a few additional comments regarding the EVERlong:
T.R. – “I love when I am wrong. I pulled these out of the box and was already having hesitations about the tread and cushioning. Way to go Patagonia – You have nailed it with this shoe. The tread gets you more places than you would think (although I did not test in the wet) and the comfort is spot on. The upper is really impressive for a shoe that looks so basic. The tongue comfort and foot wrap is just perfect.”
Pete – “I had the opportunity to product test these shoes prior to final production. I received a pair and ran more then 350 miles in the spring. Several months later, I ran with Jeff Browning. We discussed his initial reasons for creating the Everlong and how closely he was involved in every step of the production process. Over the past 10 years, I have been able to test a wide variety of products. Very rarely, I have been so immediately impressed with how my testing impressions were so closely related to the athletes original ideas. The EVERlong is a fantastic road/trail shoe.”
Matt – “I really enjoy wearing this shoe. If you are someone that runs roads and trails, looking for a single versatile shoe to take good care of you, or want a fast, lightweight racer for your trail racing – this is an excellent option. They’re light, they look great, and the ‘fit and finish’ is top notch.