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ECCO was the pioneer of natural running over 3 years ago when it first launched the BIOM collection. But it had too high a heel-to-toe differential and narrow toe box. And its Yak leather model was priced at a whopping $200! Now they’re back with their next generation BIOM collection: EVO Racer and EVO Trainer. The BIOM EVO Racer is a lightweight minimalist shoe for training and competitive running. This low-to-the-ground (5mm) shoe combines a glove-like second skin fit with bio-mimicking anatomical support that helps guide the foot to its optimal natural motion path.

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The BIOM EVO Trainer is an all-around natural motion running shoe and includes many of the same technologies as the BIOM EVO Racer, while integrating more anatomical support. Its glove-like fit and superb flexibility make it an absolute pleasure to run in, also on longer distances. It has a 7mm drop.

We are reviewing the BIOM EVO Racer here. The EVO RACER does not have a removable insole, but a soft inlay board is integrated into the strobel sole to enhance shock absorption, reduce weight, and to avoid the insole slipping in the shoe.

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The uppers has an symmetrical collar and tongue construction that wrap around your foot like a sock, while at the same time avoiding the tongue to slip.

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The BIOM sole is molded after the barefoot, integrating flexible grooves that enable the shoe to flex at the same places your foot does. There is also a heel cavity that makes the transition from heel to forefoot smooth and comfortable.

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So how did the BIOM EVO Racer perform?

My pair of BIOM EVO Racer weighs in at 9.8 ounces (EU44/US 10.5), a little heavy for a minimalist racing shoe. It also came with a second set of shoe laces (yellow and dark grey sets). The heel cup feel feels narrow but I did not get any hot spots. The non-removable insole or footbed looks unfinished as stitching appear visible but left no hot spots though.

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I am very impressed by the super-flexible flex points at the correct forefoot locations. The uppers have great breathability but the tongue is a little thick and stiff though. However, the tongue does not slide (my pet peeve) because of the asymmetric design – I like!

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The 6mm heel-to-toe drop should be lowered but did not bother my running form. Maybe a zero drop version in the future. I did notice that it is a little snug on the arch area – runners with lower arch or flat foot may not feel comfortable in them.

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The BIOM EVO Racer is a good shoe for the transitioning and advanced runner – could be used for both training and racing. My personal preference for a light racing shoe is that it should be less than 7 ounces in weight and should be zero-drop. One contradiction with this shoe design though. I strongly believe that a natural runner should never heel strike – midfoot is the default. All the technology in the heel of the BIOM EVO Racer is wasted in running but should only be used for walking. And I walked many miles with my dogs in them as a test – very smooth and comfortable transitioning.

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The ECCO EVO racer is available in three colorways for Men:

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And in three colorways for Women:

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The ECCO EVO Racer is now available at: Zappos

 

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