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PATAGONIA EVERLONG GIVEAWAY
Patagonia is giving away a pair of EVERlong trail running shoe to one lucky Minimalist Running Shoes (MRS) Wear Tested Facebook fan. To be eligible to enter the giveaway, you must answer the question in the Facebook Giveaway tab. HINT: you can find the answer in the video featured in our review below. Please enter this giveaway by also entering your full name and email address so we can contact you for your shipping address if you win. A random winner will be selected by MRS and awarded a pair of Patagonia EVERlong (MSRP $110). US & Canada residents only. Ends 11/1/2013 midnight PST. Shoes will be shipped after 11/15/2013. Good luck!Enter Now

Patagonia‘s latest trail shoe, the Patagonia EVERlong, is a road-inspired trail running shoe with added cushioning for long distances. It is also one of Patagonia’s lightest shoes to date weighing in at 6.1 ounces for women and 8.4 ounces for men.

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Built in collaboration with elite ultra runner and Patagonia ambassador Jeff Browning, the EVERlong features a durable welded mesh upper with minimal seams to keep feet cool and comfortable on the trail. An internal midfoot wrap holds the foot securely on descents and turns.

A flexible 4mm drop midsole and outsole allow for a more natural mid to forefoot strike while the 24.5mm/20.5mm (men) and 23mm/19mm (women) stack height provides added cushioning for long distance comfort.

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The welded, air mesh upper is ultra durable and breathable, while a Dri-Lex moisture wicking, ventilated air mesh collar and tongue lining treated with Aegis Microbe Shield controls odor. Removable, perforated EVA anatomical footbed with Aegis Microbe Shield supports, cushions and molds to the contour of your foot.

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A lightly padded, semi heel counter “pod” secures the heel. Minimal sticky rubber outsole reinforces wear zones while minimizing weight.

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So how did the Patagonia EVERlong perform?

My pair of EVERlong (Men’s Size 11.0) weighs in at 8.8 ounces. I sized up by a half size because I had problems with the road version, Patagonia EVERmore, in terms of sizing for my arch. So before I ran in them sockless, I walked about 5 miles with my dogs on asphalt and concrete. I could have just went with a 10.5 instead as there is ample space and no arch (hot spots) problem. It was really smooth and comfortable sockless for walking!

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On my non-technical trails runs, the Patagonia EVERlong performed just as well and better than a lot of minimalist trail shoes that I have tested. It actually felt more like a road shoe with light cushioning – works real well for long distance trail and road runs! For gnarly technical trails, you might need more protection and certainly a more aggressive outsole – the 2mm ‘road-design’ lugs won’t provide enough traction on wet or rough terrains. I haven’t tried running in them on wet asphalt to check the traction but I suspect I might have to be very cautious.

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The Patagonia EVERlong is a hybrid road and non-technical trail running shoe and works great for those (like myself) who only run in these terrains. It is lightweight, comfortable, breathable, and flexible for all my sockless runs! Not a single hot spot or blister as I had with the EVERmore. My female wear tester felt that there is too much cushioning in them for trail and road short runs – she loved it for walking long distances on asphalt and concrete though. My only complaint is aesthetics – the pointed tip on the forefoot area. It should be more ‘naturally’ foot shaped (like Altra Running shoes) and reminded me of some of the New Balance minimalist running shoes. The forefoot toe box is wide enough to accommodate my 2E+ wide foot with ample room for maximum splay.

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The Patagonia EVERlong is available in two colorways for both men and women.

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The Patagonia EVERlong can be purchased at Zappos (soon) and Patagonia.

 

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