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December 27, 2010

VIVOBAREFOOT Neo Running Shoe Review ... And Giveaway (Maybe)

Kind of a vague announcement in the title there, huh? Don't worry, I'll explain as we go along - but for now let's get straight to the post ...

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No one will ever accuse VIVOBAREFOOT of resting on their laurels.

It would have been fairly easy, and completely understandable, for the company to say, You know what? We nailed the minimalist performance running shoe this year – let’s just roll with this one for a while. Their outstanding Evo shoe became such a sensation among minimalist runners that the company couldn’t make them fast enough to satisfy demand – and I was so happy with the Evo that I quickly made it my first choice for ultras and super-long adventure runs through the rest of the year.


VIVOBAREFOOT Neo

Nevertheless, the company has a long-term vision to build a full collection of performance shoes with a variety of materials, designs and price points - which is very good news for anyone who has complained about the Evo's steep ($160) price tag. The first offspring of the performance line is the Neo, which retails for a much more running shoe-like $120, and which will be officially available from the Terra Plana website in March 2011.

The Neo is billed as a “new multi-terrain footwear innovation”, and was designed in conjunction with Lee Saxby, a distinguished barefoot running coach who has the endorsement of none other than a certain Born to Run author. Christopher McDougall has written glowingly about Saxby, and reports that, “Every time I run into Lee Saxby, I learn something that makes my head snap up.” While I’m not completely familiar with the expression, I’m assuming that means something good. (For an example of Saxby's exceptional teaching style, check out this video made by Terra Plana.)


Airmesh upper with fabric trim


So the Neo has the pedigree and the right profile to be worthy of the VIVOBAREFOOT line - and my first question upon learning about it was, What distinguishes this from the Evo? I’ve been running in the Neo for about a month now, and can attest that it is a very appealing option for minimalist runners. The performance dropoff between the Evo and the Neo is extremely subtle. and I anticipate that the Neo will get tagged as "the poor man's Evo", with a fundamental structure that is very similar, and a few stylistic details to set it apart. With that, we may as well get to the review.


Close-up of breathable mesh upper

Visually, the Neo presents much differently than the Evo - you could say it's a more commercial look - mainly due to its redesigned upper. Whereas the Evo has a hexagonal TPU overlay on the entire upper, the Neo has a thicker, more traditional closed mesh with fabric trim around the toebox. Keeping with Terra Plana’s spirit of eco-friendly construction, the mesh is made from 75% recycled-content polyester, with a microfiber lining that is 55% post-consumer as well. Ventilation of this mesh upper is supposedly diminished on the Neo compared to the thinner mesh/TPU combination on the Evo, but I have to say I found it very comparable.


Thin heel collar; traditional lacing system; breathable airmesh upper

The heel collar of the Neo is slightly thinner than that of the Evo, and the entire sockliner has a sweat-absorbing antibacterial lining to maintain comfort on long runs. The lacing system of the Neo uses traditional eyelets instead of the fabric loops used on the Evo, which makes lacing the Neo smoother with an improved distribution of tension across the top of the midfoot.


Close-up of heel collar


Below the upper, construction of the Neo is nearly identical to that of the Evo: it has a removable memory foam insole, and a 4mm puncture-resistant outsole with the exact same tread pattern that’s perfect for roads and more than adequate for nearly all trail conditions. Both shoes are also 100% vegan options for animal-conscious consumers.


4mm puncture-resistant outsole

If you’re keeping score at home, you’ve noted that the Neo has essentially the same framework as the Evo, with a slightly more user-friendly upper, and a retail price that's $40 cheaper. For most folks, that's probably enough to seal the deal. Nevertheless, I'm a bit hesitant to embrace it completely for a couple of reasons: its overall weight, and a possible concern about its trail-ruggedness for my specific running needs.

The first item is something of a mystery to me, in that the Neo’s upper construction seems generally less-involved than the Evo – yet the webpage specs have the Neo at 9.5oz, which is a full 1.5oz heavier than the Evo. I'm guessing the thicker mesh material is the source of the difference - otherwise, for the life of me I don’t know where this extra weight comes from. However, considering that my other favorite minimalist shoe models (Vibram and Soft Star) are roughly 6oz each, this weight gap becomes fairly significant – at 9.5oz, the Neo is a full 50% heavier - so I’d prefer to see VIVOBAREFOOT trending lighter instead of heavier. And in the absence of any compelling performance benefit to choose the Neo over the Evo, my preference will be to stick with the lighter of two comparable options.

My other drawback about the Neo is just a suspicion I can’t yet prove: that perhaps the mesh upper isn’t as durable for trail running as the TPU-reinforced Evo upper. After our winter rainy season, the brush and wild grasses grow pretty thick around Monterey County, and I run a lot of miles that are borderline bush-whacking missions that assault my shoes and socks with burrs, stickers, and assorted brambles. I haven’t tried this kind of running with the Neo yet, but rest assured I’ll be paying attention during the spring, and I’ll report back here if I have any problems.

I suspect that for many folks, the Neo will be just what they’ve waited for: a VIVOBAREFOOT running shoe with nearly all of the quality construction features and performance benefits of the Evo, at a price point that’s significantly more affordable. The drawbacks that I've identified will be the only items on the wrong side of a pros/cons list, making the Neo a very attractive purchase option. And while I can’t argue with that conclusion at all, I think when ultrarunning season rolls around in the spring again, I'll still be reaching for my Evos.

The VIVOBAREFOOT Neo is part of Terra Plana's Spring/Summer 2011 line, but will be available in a very limited release (as in, less than 100 pairs) for $120 from the company website in the near future. The original intent of this post when I coordinated it with the company several weeks ago was to give away a few pairs of Neos to celebrate the advance release - however, since quantities are extremely limited and advance sales are eagerly awaited, we need to modify the ground rules just a bit.

So here's the deal with the giveaway: thanks to the completely awesome generosity of Terra Plana, three readers will be chosen as winners of a pair of VIVOBAREFOOT performance running shoes. If the Neos happen to still be in stock (they're anticipated to sell out within just a few days after release) and are available in your size, you can grab a pair of Neos for yourself. If not - which is a much more likely scenario - you'll get your pick of either the Evo or Evo II (which I just recently reviewed.) Winners will be chosen at random from the comments section below.

Since this is a major prize offer, the weighted-entry process is in play: one entry for a comment, one for a Twitter or Facebook link to this contest page, and a third for a blog link to this page. Let me know how many contest tickets you've earned, and all entries must be received by Friday, January 7th at 5PM PST. As always, a huge thanks to VIVOBAREFOOT for sponsoring this contest, and good luck to everybody!


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190 comments:

Ian 12/28/10, 10:27 PM  

These look fantastic. The $160 price-point on the other models were a main sticking point for me. Good to see these are much cheaper.

terence,  12/28/10, 11:05 PM  

I'm really digging the simplistic colorway and design of the shoes. Another great review.

Timothy 12/28/10, 11:12 PM  

I curious to find out more about Saxby's input.

Günter 12/28/10, 11:16 PM  

Excited about these. The Evo's cage upper has a tendency to crimp and rub the top of my sockless foot, which I suspect won't be a problem with the Neo. Good review.

samur 12/29/10, 12:58 AM  

Super :) Two entries for me: comment and facebook post.

jonnyb 12/29/10, 2:42 AM  

1 Entry for me. I'd like to see them a little lighter, too.
Jon

Anonymous 12/29/10, 3:07 AM  

1 entry for me :) Good to see a full review of these. I'm very tempted, but the weight is a major concern - running in kinvara and nike frees now and don't want to go *up* in weight!

JenniferLeah 12/29/10, 3:54 AM  

Thanks for a detailed and in-depth review of this new shoe. As someone on a strick gear budget this is certainly an attractive option and the price is actually lower than my normal running shoe.

I will be looking forward to hear how these hold up for you with some more serious trail running and bush wacking :D

Please count me in for 3 entries (comment/tweet/linking on my blog)

The BIG E 12/29/10, 4:07 AM  

I'm greedy. I now have 4 vivo's and I want more. Can I win again....

Timothy 12/29/10, 4:12 AM  

Would be very interested to try out a pair of these bad boys,

Mark me down for one entry.

marathonmaiden 12/29/10, 4:23 AM  

maybe a giveaway haha. i'd definitely want to try out a pair. and mark me down for 3 entries, comment, fb, and link

Lisa 12/29/10, 4:44 AM  

Interesting! Would like to try out the Neo -- one entry, please!

shel 12/29/10, 5:13 AM  

me me me!! linked on facebook too

Chanin 12/29/10, 5:22 AM  

I'd love a new pair of shoes! One entry please.

Trailrat 12/29/10, 5:31 AM  

2 entries for me please!

JJMar,  12/29/10, 5:37 AM  

Thank you for creating such a generous blog. Please count me in for one entry.

Doug Alcorn 12/29/10, 5:55 AM  

Sounds like a shoe worth trying.

3 entries: here, twitter (dougalcorn) and facebook

erika 12/29/10, 6:06 AM  

one entry for me please!!! thanks!

adam 12/29/10, 6:08 AM  

Cool idea. Either set of shoes would be sweet. Although the weight is a bit on the heavy side....either way count me in for just one entry

islander 12/29/10, 6:11 AM  

One entry for me, thanks!

thefantasyknowitall 12/29/10, 6:15 AM  

Cool shoes and another great review - count me in for 2 entries: comment and twitter link

Round Runner 12/29/10, 6:21 AM  

Vivobarefoot shoes are awesome! Count me in for one entry.

Jenny Davidson 12/29/10, 6:29 AM  

One entry for me - they sound great!

fetish4running 12/29/10, 6:40 AM  

One entry for me too!

Turi 12/29/10, 6:44 AM  

Kind of a weird look to those - I'm not sure if they are supposed to look more running shoe like, or whether they have a casual shoe feel. Like the price point, though -

Paula - Running Mom of 5 12/29/10, 7:01 AM  

I would love to try these! 2 entries....comment and link. Thanks!

Josh 12/29/10, 7:12 AM  

Thanks for the review! I've been trying to decide between the Neo and the Evo.

Lesser is More 12/29/10, 7:14 AM  

1 entry for me please. With the better aesthetics of the Neo, it seems like this could also serve as a great sporty/casual shoe to wear around. Still a bit pricey, but looks nice.

Chris 12/29/10, 7:16 AM  

Great looking shoe! Count me in for one entry.

Ted Darling,  12/29/10, 7:29 AM  

Enter away!

Bnetter 12/29/10, 7:29 AM  

They look quite interesting but the weight could be killer.
Just one for me.

papafoster 12/29/10, 7:31 AM  

These look like the cross-trainer model for TP. Please submit me for one entry. Thanks!

L 12/29/10, 7:31 AM  

Looks awesome - and I love that they're vegan. Here's my 1 entry.

Graham 12/29/10, 7:42 AM  
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david 12/29/10, 7:44 AM  

One entry here. Thanks for the chance!

Casey 12/29/10, 7:50 AM  

These look great. two entries for me comment here and tweet.

Meg T 12/29/10, 7:56 AM  

One Entry for me!

migangelo 12/29/10, 8:05 AM  

i'll take a free pair of some highly loved shoes please. comment and linked to fb.

Giuseppe 12/29/10, 8:06 AM  

Two entries for me, I love hearing about the new shoes, this is my favorite post of the day!

Steven Nordstrom 12/29/10, 8:11 AM  

Two entries for me. FB and comment. Thanks for the review and chance to win!

Graham 12/29/10, 8:14 AM  

2 entries please, 1 here and 1 facebook.

I'm really looking forward to these shoes after your review Don. I bought a pair of the Franklin boots after your review and coupon code (60% off was awesome) and I'm thoroughly enjoying them on my snowy trail runs. So now that I'm used to their weight, I don't think the Neo's will be much of an issue weight wise.

Gretchen 12/29/10, 8:16 AM  

1 entry for me. I like the more traditional look of these.

loyalisaac 12/29/10, 9:01 AM  

Would love to give these a try! Put me in for one entry.

Brian 12/29/10, 9:31 AM  

2 for me. I'm in because, so far, vivo product has not made it through the chain of hand-me-downs!

Pancakes,  12/29/10, 9:39 AM  

2 entries! twitter @Pancakes555

Jesse 12/29/10, 9:45 AM  

Great Review! These look like great shoes, as I am looking for something minimal that doesn't have the VFF toe pockets... 2 entries for me. twitter: @puddletech

Bryan M.,  12/29/10, 9:52 AM  

1 entry please!

John Nguyen 12/29/10, 9:55 AM  

1 entry for me... I don't think I'll ever spend more that 100 bucks on shoes...

Freer 12/29/10, 9:58 AM  

Awesome. 1 entry for me please

Nate 12/29/10, 10:00 AM  

2 for me! Comment and FB!

ScottyRev,  12/29/10, 10:03 AM  

Put me down for two!

haystack 12/29/10, 10:07 AM  

Thanks for sharing. One entry for me.

stazza 12/29/10, 10:12 AM  

1 comment + 1 tweet + 1 blogpost = 3 entries!

Chloe,  12/29/10, 10:12 AM  

Thanks for the review of this new shoe! One entry for me please!

Andy 12/29/10, 10:19 AM  

The black and whites look pretty darn cool. Put me down for 2! (fb)

Tezcatzontecatl 12/29/10, 10:26 AM  

Aiight, Donald, let me take whack #2 at Terra Plana. Sign me up for one entry, please.

Phillip

Jeff 12/29/10, 10:30 AM  

1 entry for me. These looks cool!

Sean 12/29/10, 10:39 AM  

I'm still hoping for my first pair of Terra Plana's!

RD Jim 12/29/10, 10:41 AM  

I'll take 3 entries please - comment, FB and blog.

Tim Butterfield 12/29/10, 11:05 AM  

Put me down for 3, comment, FB, and blog post.

Eric Evans,  12/29/10, 11:20 AM  

I wouldn't mind giving them a try, would probably choose the Evo if it does turn out to be more durable. I rarely run anywhere that is not hard on my shoes. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about then later in the year.

Woodrow 12/29/10, 11:38 AM  

One entry for me and once more thank you.

Dave Chan 12/29/10, 12:02 PM  

These look great. One entry please.

MacDo 12/29/10, 12:05 PM  

Woot ... they would be nice !

Scott 12/29/10, 12:30 PM  

Good review as usual, one entry please

BaaronVR,  12/29/10, 12:42 PM  

One entry thanks!!

Jeffrey 12/29/10, 1:00 PM  

Those look great. 2 entries please. Sent the tweet.

elricho 12/29/10, 1:09 PM  

Awesome ! Please enter me as well.

Doug 12/29/10, 1:24 PM  

I would love to try this shoe.

JimDog 12/29/10, 1:35 PM  

Count me in!!!

+1 for twitter (@jimdog)
+1 for this comment

Chris 12/29/10, 2:14 PM  

I'd love a chance to win the Neo or Evo. Put me in for one entry. Thanks.

Mike E 12/29/10, 2:56 PM  

Really itching to check out a pair of these. Please put me down for one entry. Thanks for the giveaway!

Rory dela Paz 12/29/10, 2:57 PM  

Thanks for giving us the chance to win one of these Donald!

+1 for Twitter (@rorydlp)
+1 for Facebook (rory.dela.paz)

BTW, I was able to get the Aqueous thanks to the significant discount offered through your blog!

Thanks,
Rory

CWH 12/29/10, 3:15 PM  

one entry for me please

Matthew 12/29/10, 3:34 PM  

do you know how much the insoles contribute to the overall weight?

2 entries - this comment and a Facebook link.

Memriy 12/29/10, 4:15 PM  

I would love a new pair of running shoes, since I ran holes through the soles of my last ones. I also linked to this on my Facebook page.

Jennefer,  12/29/10, 4:20 PM  

Those look great! I would love to check them out!

Just the one entry for me :)

Stanley 12/29/10, 4:23 PM  

I'll jump in twice as well!

1) this comment
2) twitter (@garyjarvis)

Thanks!

Joshua 12/29/10, 4:40 PM  

I wouldn't mind an alternative for my Green Silences. Something to mix it up a bit.

Three entries for me. Here, Twitter (@joshcamson), Facebook (joshcamson).

Robin 12/29/10, 5:17 PM  

These shoes look awesome and a better price than the Evos. Hoping to use them for ultralight backpacking adventures come summer!

fmagic 12/29/10, 5:45 PM  

I like the looks of these and would really love a pair... 2 entries for me as I just linked to my Facebook profile.

Richard 12/29/10, 5:47 PM  

Wow! Nice look! I could go to work in those!

Kevin 12/29/10, 6:25 PM  

put me down for 2.

Jobu007 12/29/10, 6:35 PM  

X2 for me..Thanks!

Boris Terzic 12/29/10, 7:06 PM  

Great review, love the white ones, great look.

itsagoodmorning 12/29/10, 7:28 PM  

Count me for 2x.

May add another with my next blog post, will post that if/when I do.

runputt 12/30/10, 5:17 AM  

That's a classy looking shoe.

Put me down for two!

~ Cee ~ 12/30/10, 5:51 AM  

These look amazing! I agree with you about the weight -- I think more lightweight is definitely the way to go. Please put me down for two entries: 1 for a comment; 1 for a tweet (CeeVegNashville). ~Cee~
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

James 12/30/10, 6:26 AM  

I'm just starting to get interested in barefooting. Left both twitter & facebook posts. So I guess that's just 2 entries for me. Thanks for review!

Dan 12/30/10, 6:31 AM  

2 entries for me please. These look nice. Here and FB.

Chad 12/30/10, 6:32 AM  

Shoes look great

Collin 12/30/10, 6:43 AM  

One entry for me! Not gonna lie, kind of a critic when it comes to barefoot running. But I would totally love to try them out!

snoxu 12/30/10, 7:58 AM  

I'd like an entry please. Thanks.

I must say it's a bit of a downer these are a tad heavier than the Evo.

Also with the exception of the black version I'm not that excited about the other colorways. Too much white and too colorful IMO. I wished they did a more discreet or camo colorway, maybe blacks, dark browns or greens.

As far as durability, I'm hoping to hear futher reviews on how this new upper holds up against the Evo

Erik 12/30/10, 8:01 AM  

Wow, they look fantastic! Count me in, one entry!

James 12/30/10, 9:13 AM  

I can never pass us a chance to win Evos

Lorne 12/30/10, 9:41 AM  

Love to try 'em.

Yםמן 12/30/10, 10:10 AM  

One entry for me. I'll cross my fingers!

Angie Bee 12/30/10, 11:30 AM  

Three for me!
One for the comment
I linked to facebook and my blog :)
Fingers and toes crossed!

Sarah AJ 12/30/10, 2:00 PM  

Great giveaway! Two entries for me, please: comment & a tweet.

Steven 12/30/10, 3:15 PM  

I have a pair of the new Neo and am very much enjoying them, but can't hurt to try to win another pair.

andy 12/30/10, 4:19 PM  

3 entries for me
-comment
-FB
-Blog

Josh 12/30/10, 4:37 PM  

this looks like a great shoe - 2 entries for me please, comment and facebook.

Cheers! and Happy new YEAR!

Tam,  12/30/10, 5:21 PM  

I just got a pair of Evos, and LOVE them, and I'd love to get a pair of the Neos! Please put me down for 1 entry please. Thanks!

jbgodfrey,  12/30/10, 5:25 PM  

I'd love to try a VIVOBARFOOT shoe!

Travis Ringger 12/30/10, 5:55 PM  

Great review, as usual! One entry for me please.

Anonymous,  12/30/10, 6:20 PM  

I would like to try out these shoes - or the others actually!
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Sharon 12/30/10, 9:39 PM  

Love these shoes.

+2 for me (FB post http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=181606075191306&id=100001156831237)

Thomas 12/30/10, 10:14 PM  

Great review. Wouldn't mind a pair : )

Jonathan 12/31/10, 1:24 AM  

Just like always - the review was a great fun to read :)

1 entry for me, as I'd love to try them out!

mens trainers 12/31/10, 3:31 AM  

really a nice post and the style of the blogger to introduce the new pair of the shoes is really stylish and more attractive.

Luke 12/31/10, 5:05 AM  

count me in for 1 entry

TK 12/31/10, 6:46 AM  

Count me in for 3 - comment, blog, twitter.

Anonymous,  12/31/10, 8:09 AM  

I have a pair of these - I'd love another pair. 1 entry because I don't have a blog or anywhere else to post a review. Mini-review follows: I've found them comfortable and (as a new minimalist runner) great on both treadmill (mine gets too hot for more than a mile barefoot) and outside on roads/gravel paths/grass/mud tracks. They're wider in the forefoot than the Evo, which is a definite plus for me - I tried on the Evo and found them too narrow for my toes. Back of the shoe goes slightly higher than the Evo and I was worried they would feel uncomfortable on my Achilles tendon, but it hasn't been a problem. They're also low enough around the ankle bones so don't put any pressure on those. You can also wear them with e.g. Stabilicers, as I did in the recent icy conditions.
Debra (dbourne (at) rvc (dot) ac (dot) uk)

-JB 12/31/10, 8:10 AM  

I'd be happy to get picked.

rbrown10 12/31/10, 9:36 AM  

Those look amazing!

IMT 12/31/10, 9:49 AM  

One entry for me please. Thank you.

Jeff 12/31/10, 9:58 AM  

To quote Oprah, "Wow wow wow wow WOW!"

Jim G,  12/31/10, 12:22 PM  

Count me in!

mtlion 12/31/10, 12:52 PM  

Would love to try. Count me in for one entry.

mariko 12/31/10, 2:27 PM  

One entry, please! Woohoo!

jeff 12/31/10, 4:08 PM  

Sig me up for this one too please.

Best of luck to everyone in the New Year.

Junior R,  12/31/10, 4:30 PM  

1 Entry for me! I recently purchased a pair of Evo II and would like to add to my VIVOBAREFOOT collection.

James 12/31/10, 8:03 PM  

I would love to give these a try.

wirehairedrunner 12/31/10, 10:23 PM  

The color sucks, but the review and the shoes themselves are fantastic. I posted a comment here and a link to FB. Thanks Donald.

Kim Neill
Boise, ID

Adam Rodriguez 1/1/11, 12:51 PM  

Count me in for one please. Thanks for the giveaway!

Eric 1/1/11, 10:39 PM  

These look like they would work really well for a casual shoe as well. Put me in for one.

John Lubeski,  1/2/11, 11:07 AM  

Count me in for out entry!

11wizard 1/2/11, 2:21 PM  

2 entries for me please! - 1 comment + 1 fb post.

treklightly 1/3/11, 5:42 AM  

I'm wondering if the different upper than the evo will actually help with reduce the blisters that are commonly reported with the evo.

1 entry for me. Thanks!

erika 1/3/11, 6:52 AM  

soooo hoping i win these!!!!!

Capaldi 1/3/11, 7:20 AM  

I tried a pair on in store and they're a great improvement on the evos! they also feel alot warmer which I could really have done with in the snow this winter!

Sam 1/3/11, 7:22 AM  

Two for me, comment here, twitter.

_me_ 1/3/11, 7:53 AM  

I bought Vivos in the US because I can't get them in Australia yet. I'd love some more to replace my Five-Fingers for trail running ;)

Jan 1/3/11, 8:25 AM  

My vivo aquas had fallen apart after one year of constatnt use, big hole in the sole. So I try this, 1 entry for me, thanks.

Riley 1/3/11, 8:26 AM  

Please pick me :)

Sean 1/3/11, 8:43 AM  

Interesting review, especially with the comments about weight. Would love a pair!

Claire,  1/3/11, 9:58 AM  

I have just got a pair of Neos to replace my 5fingers sprints, which were not viable in the snow we've had here in the UK this winter. After a few short pavement runs and one hour in the park I like the Neos very much! Nice and wide across the toes, allowing my feet to spread well. I agree with the comments about weight. I bought a size up (uk 6 instead of uk 5) to wear with winter socks, but I'm thinking that for the summer I would do better in a 5 - my usual size - if I don't go back to my 5fingers.

TriExpert 1/3/11, 11:26 AM  

My colleagues who own Evos are delighted with 'em. Their cash flow is better than mine; thus, my entry here ;)

Justin 1/3/11, 11:43 AM  

One entry for me... I'd really like to try these out.

Sam 1/3/11, 12:48 PM  

Evo's are the best. Looking forward to a new rival.

Jen 1/3/11, 1:36 PM  

I love my Evo's. But I like the idea of a less expensive shoe. I will be curious to see how they hold up.
Enter me in with two entries!

Josh 1/3/11, 2:48 PM  

one entry please! thanks! Josh S

MichaelD,  1/3/11, 6:50 PM  

Here's my entry...thanks!

Jamie H.,  1/3/11, 10:54 PM  

Good info..put in for 1 entry! Thanks..

stella,  1/3/11, 11:10 PM  

i heart this!

JoMBe,  1/4/11, 1:46 AM  

Interesting review... Would love a pair of those!

John 1/4/11, 4:11 AM  

One entry for me, thanks :3

John 1/4/11, 4:12 AM  

Two entries for me please, thanks :3

Jake 1/4/11, 8:38 AM  

I like the look of the Neos. Please include me in the contest.

Jake D.

Kyle Schaeffler 1/4/11, 1:06 PM  

Here is my entry! Thank you!

Phillip 1/4/11, 4:52 PM  

Great Reviews and information. One entry here.

Corey Singletary 1/4/11, 8:28 PM  

Two for me. Comment and twitter (csingletary)

tdomina 1/4/11, 9:22 PM  

the Neo look well worth trying.

Tess 1/5/11, 4:42 AM  

Please enter me too. Thanks for the time you've been putting into all of these contests!

Chu 1/5/11, 7:11 AM  

3 entries here! (Comment, Twitter, Blogpost)

ratherbeswimming 1/5/11, 7:22 AM  

Three entries!

ratherbeswimming.wordpress.com

twitter.com/ratherbeswimmin

-Elaine

Chris 1/5/11, 9:34 AM  

I'm afraid those mesh uppers are going to get filthy quickly. The small mesh strip on my beige Aquas are almost black and they're impossible to clean. I still want a pair. 1 entry for me.

ajones 1/5/11, 11:19 AM  

These "shoes" look awesome to me.

Only one entry for my amazing comment :)

nghill,  1/5/11, 12:57 PM  

Count me in!

Jonathan 1/5/11, 11:27 PM  

another entry for me (2 total), as I now posted this on my Facebook page :)

Jonathan 1/5/11, 11:28 PM  

another entry for me (2 total) as I now posted this on my Facebook page :)

Timssart 1/6/11, 7:43 AM  

Love the reviews and blog

Der Scott 1/6/11, 7:58 AM  

Too bad they are so much heavier than the EVO. I run in Mizuno Wave Universe 3's which are super light, but I would give the Neo a chance since it has better ground feel.

One entry for me please!

Trail Clown,  1/6/11, 12:30 PM  

Cookie monster needs new cool shoes

Jonathan 1/6/11, 4:28 PM  

Would love to win these. I just got a pair of oaks and they feel great!

1 Entry here.

cleansparks 1/6/11, 6:53 PM  

2 entries: one for comment, 1 for facebook

Akezra 1/6/11, 10:53 PM  

One comment for me!
Thanks

Anne Dara 1/7/11, 1:38 AM  

I don't know if I will love the Neo OR Evo as much as my softstars, but perhaps they will be more durable. I really like my vivobarefoot Odette's for wearing around and have even run in them a few times :-)

James 1/7/11, 4:35 AM  

Great review. 1 entry for this comment.

Mr. Dad 1/7/11, 6:02 AM  

I already have evos, but I'd love to give these a shot. One entry for me, please.

Ana 1/7/11, 7:57 AM  

I'd love to have these shoes.

NCasebeer 1/7/11, 8:00 AM  

These NEOs do look nice and I do love my vivo barefoot oaks. Hope I win.

raul 1/7/11, 11:55 AM  

I would absolutely love to have those shoes or any of the other VIVOBAREFOOT shoes. I cant afford them, but know they are amazing.

NerdRunner 1/7/11, 3:34 PM  

Omg I hope I'm not too late for the contest! In for 1!

Amanda 1/7/11, 3:36 PM  

Yeah I'm in for one! I've been wanting to try a pair of these!

Scott 1/7/11, 3:38 PM  

Just ran across your blog while looking for information on Terra Plana shoes. Can't pass up the opportunity to enter to win. I've also plugged your review on my blog(cobrasinalaska.blogspot.com), so sign me up for two entries! Thanks.

2010 Summer of Fun Committee 1/9/11, 8:19 PM  

I have a pair of the Evo's and it's the best running shoe I've ever owned. Thanks for the great review. It answered all of my questions and I'm excited to give the Neo's a try in the future.

Eric 2/18/11, 8:18 AM  

I recently been running in Feelmax Osma's and I can't help but see some resemblance to the Neo's. Since you've reviewed the Osma's in the past can you give us a comparison with the Neo? I see right off the bat that the Osma's are a few ounces lighter, but have a lugless sole. Do you have any insight comparing the two's longterm durability? I really love my Osma's, but I'm always looking at other shoes.

Donald 2/19/11, 9:57 PM  

Eric: The Osmas are way lighter, but the Neos are more durable and have better traction for off-road use.

Chris 2/21/11, 11:17 PM  

One entry for me. Totally on board w/ barefoot shoes.

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