Xero Shoes Men’s TerraFlex Lightweight Trail Running & Hiking Shoe – Zero Drop – Review

Xero Shoes Men’s TerraFlex Lightweight Trail Running & Hiking Shoe – Zero Drop – Product characteristics

  • Made in the USA or Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES – The TerraFlex offers Trail-gripping comfort to handle your active lifestyle. A men’s 9 is about 9.6 ounces each so you can enjoy lightweight performance during your next adventure
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE – The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground for proper posture, balance, and agility. You’ll love the comfort and traction that comes from a wide toe box and breathable mesh upper
  • FLEX YOUR FEET, FEEL THE FLOOR – Features patented 5mm FeelTrue sole base with 4mm lugs; optional 2mm insole to adjust the amount of “barefoot feel”; 3mm embedded BareFoam, tire tread-inspired sole, and Tough Tek toe bumper offer extra security
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY – Xero Shoes believes in promoting healthy and sustainable lifestyles which is why the TerraFlex is made with zero animal products
  • GET THE RIGHT FIT with FREE Domestic Exchanges – This shoe runs “true to size.” If for any reason that’s not the case for you, contact us for a free domestic exchange of your ‘like-new’ shoe
Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US
433 Reviews
Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US*
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES - The TerraFlex offers Trail-gripping comfort to handle your active lifestyle. A men’s 9 is about 9.6 ounces each so you can enjoy lightweight performance during...
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground for proper posture, balance, and agility. You’ll love the comfort and traction that comes...
  • FLEX YOUR FEET, FEEL THE FLOOR - Features patented 5mm FeelTrue sole base with 4mm lugs; optional 2mm insole to adjust the amount of “barefoot feel”; 3mm embedded BareFoam, tire tread-inspired...

Xero Shoes Men’s TerraFlex Lightweight Trail Running & Hiking Shoe – Zero Drop – Reviews

Disappointed

First day I loved them for comfort style and warmth. I didn’t do any heavy trail running, just a few short hikes and walking across the yard, regular ware. The tread is great but it’s already separating from the shoe, which looks like i’ve been kickboxing with Shredder in his razor armor. Looked nice for about a week. Low quality materials, especially for the price.

Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018

Noticeable drop in quality

I’ve now abandoned Xero, and here is why. After purchasing at least a dozen pair of Xero shoes, I’ve noticed, what can only be described as, a catastrophic decline in quality. There were telltale signs- the first pair of shoes I purchased were made with quality materials (aside from the pictured sole falling apart)- meanwhile all the newer shoes have fraying or fibers showing around the reinforced toe. I’ve killed the last half dozen shoes in less than 6 months, and less than 300 miles. IT IS NOT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO WEAR THROUGH THE SOLE ANYMORE, (Rendering their 5000 mile warranty moot) as the sole will separate from the upper long before that. Repairing them is not an option, as the fabric used is a cheap laminated material that delaminates and disintegrates. For the average user, this might not be an issue, as many people don’t put the miles on their shoes that runners do.I prefer Revivo, as they have a wider toe box, creating a better barefoot experience, and they keep shoes out of the landfill.

Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2019

Great Comfort… Horrible Quality

These shoes fit pretty well, and feel pretty good on your feet. The big draw back for me is that after 8 months of use they are almost completely torn apart! I am an avid hiker and runner, so I do use my shoes a lot. I expected more use out of them however, so if you want a shoe that lasts or it built from quality materials don’t buy these shoes!

Reviewed in the United States on June 16, 2019

Great customer service, but apparently numbers are hard. Big feet need not apply…

Torn between 5 stars and 1. 5 stars for a seemingly great product and stellar customer service. 1 star for “C’mon, man, it’s 2018, how hard is it to size shoes correctly???” Bottom line, I called Xero before ordering these. Yes, I’ve read the bazillion comments on being too small, but I wear a size 14. And if, like me, you have legitimate size 14 feet, you are pretty much out of luck for minimalist trail shoes as most vendors don’t make, or rarely stock, size 14+. Anyway, I left a message on Friday afternoon after work hours, and I got a call back on Sunday suggesting I purchase through Amazon for the free returns. Five bucks more, but that’s great customer service!!! Shoes arrived as promised, and as (sadly) expected, the largest size made, the 14’s, aren’t anywhere CLOSE to fitting a size 14 foot. Not even with the insole removed. I guess it’s off to sell a kidney for Vivo’s or maybe try some SOM’s. Too bad, I’ve enjoyed my Xero huaraches, but please, fix the sizing and help us big dudes out!!!

Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2018

Awesome comfort

New to minimalist shoes, hiker not a runner. Tried several brands and styles. For sizing help, i wear a 9, 9.5 in a ‘glove’ with a thumbs width of extra space, ordered a 10 in these and my big toe bumps the front. A 10.5 is longer, but still shorter than the glove.First pair had a missing spot in the footbed that was filled in with glue. (See pic) This was in left shoe at the little toes. This was noticeable without an insole and is not what I’d expect in a $100 pair of shoes. Second pair did not have the same flaw.That said, they fit really well. Snug up well in the heel and midfoot and much roomier toe box. No arch support, these soles are flat 🙂 They are comfortable with and without the insole, thick and thin socks.Wore 3+ mi the first couple days, 6.5 the third across rocky hills and like the feel. No slipping, seems like good traction, a lot more ground feel than I’m used to but not harsh. Crossing water they were a little slick on mossy wet rock, but dumped water and dried quickly.  A little muscle soreness with the change, but no issues with rocks, branches or roots. If these hold up well, xero will become my brand.Update: I have put 550 miles on these shoes, and am so happy with them. By far the most comfortable enclosed shoes I’ve owned. In 3 weeks all the foot/leg pains that developed after wearing hiking boots for almost a year have completely disappeared. Wish I’d never been convinced to give up trail runners in the first place, but live and learn.Only disappointment is that toe bump is decorative fabric, not firm, and i had concerns about them holding up because I tend to drag one foot a bit. They started shredding on both shoes about 300 miles. The tread is great in most conditions, but can be a little slick on rocks when wet and in rivers. They look really beat but still feel great which is the opposite of what I’m used to 🙂

Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019

Overall a good shoe, but low in the durability side

Changed to Xero after two pairs of Merrel Glove 3, whose sole was gone well before the upper got trashed. Now, after 650+ miles ( according to my sport watch ) of trail running, the uppers are almost gone. The 5.000 mile sole will probably have lasted to 1.000 or 1.200, but as of today I can tell the year a coin was minted when I step on one.Things that definitely need improvement1. Sole should go up to the toe box as the Colorado sandal, so it is not worn out so soon.2. Outer upper flex point on the side need to be reinforced3. A little more stiff sole on the ball of the foot, for a more pleasant landing on small stones.Otherwise, best shoe I have trashed.Shoe is 4 stars, but lack of transparency of Xero took one out. They did not published my posted review and photosMy two cents, for what it’s worth

Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2021

Definately fits small to size, go half size up from regular ‘barefoot’ shoes and 1 size up from structured tennis shoes

I bought 3 different pairs in the Men’s sizes because I require wide fit shoes… I wear a women’s 9 in the Merrell vapor glove 2&3 (the 4’s had more ‘structure’ to the sole and were too narrow) and I ended up with a size 8 mens. I tried a 7 and a 7.5 ( so 8.5 and 9 women’s equivilant) and they were too short. The 8 fits great and I wore them to work where I am on my feet all day and loved them, can’t wait to try them out on the trail!! LOVE LOVE that Amazon has free shipping and free returns.. that helped.

Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2018
Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US
433 Reviews
Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US*
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES - The TerraFlex offers Trail-gripping comfort to handle your active lifestyle. A men’s 9 is about 9.6 ounces each so you can enjoy lightweight performance during...
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground for proper posture, balance, and agility. You’ll love the comfort and traction that comes...
  • FLEX YOUR FEET, FEEL THE FLOOR - Features patented 5mm FeelTrue sole base with 4mm lugs; optional 2mm insole to adjust the amount of “barefoot feel”; 3mm embedded BareFoam, tire tread-inspired...

Xero Shoes Men’s TerraFlex Lightweight Trail Running & Hiking Shoe – Zero Drop – FAQ

Are these comfortable for walking on the road? Prio not available in my size for 4 months.

They are soft enough that you feel the tread through on firm ground, at least when running. I don’t use them on the road.

Are these shoes waterproof?

No. You do not want waterproof shoes for hiking. You want shoes that drain (lose the water weight!) and dry quickly and that don’t rub. I love these minimalist hiking shoes. My New Balance “barefoot” hikers I think fit my foot better and are lighter but the toe cover on the New Balance pulled off the first time I hit a toe jmmer rock. Is xero shoes have better tread and held up to toe stumbles.

Do these fit the exact same as prio? my prio barely fit at 11.5 (right big toe a bit longer) coalton fit perfect at 11. should i try a 12 for these?

I wear a 13 and ordered a 14 and the fit was about right and if anything slightly small

I see I am supposed to order a 1/2 size larger but I wear a 14 men’s. Does that mean a 15?

No 1/2 size would be 14 1/2. But I went with my actual size because the shoe is not stiff. My fit is good and not loose.

The size chart shows only “wide” sizes. does it comes in “regular” too?

They are designed as a wider shoe

Can these cross over onto pavement or will it make the lugs come off?

They work great on any surface. I wear them all the time on pavement and they are fine. One caveat, I don’t run with them on pavement, only walk.

Are there any xero shoes made in the USA?

Poorly, yes

Has anyone took these on a long distance hike? 100 miles+

Yeah I’ve got a little over 500 miles on my first pair that I just kick around town in. My second pair have around 200 on em and the tread looks brand new. Make sure your feet and legs are well accustomed to minimalist footwear before attempting any sort of ultra distance you’ll thank yourself not trying to preach just trying to save someone the pain I experienced. Typically with the proper gait adjustment id plan on three times the amount of break in time that you would need for a regular hiking boot just to get your leg strength up hope this helps can’t say enough about the xero product line major game changer in how my feet feel the world!

Are these good for running in the sweltering heat of summer?

They have a lot less padding and insulation, they feel pretty cool to me. Haven’t had a chance to run with them in the summer yet though.

Is there a difference between the mens shoe and the womens?

Hi Shannon, the TerraFlex fits like the Prio, and has a wider toe box than conventional women’s shoes. If your feet are particularly wide, consider the Men’s TerraFlex. Just make sure to adjust the size by 1.5 (for example, a men’s 8 is the same length as a women’s 9.5).

Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US
433 Reviews
Xero Shoes TerraFlex Trail Running Hiking Shoe - Minimalist Zero-Drop Lightweight Barefoot-Inspired - Men, Forest Green, 9.5 D(M) US*
  • LIGHTWEIGHT FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES - The TerraFlex offers Trail-gripping comfort to handle your active lifestyle. A men’s 9 is about 9.6 ounces each so you can enjoy lightweight performance during...
  • XERO DROP SOLE FOR PERFECT POSTURE - The Xero Drop sole offers a non-elevated heel and is low-to-the-ground for proper posture, balance, and agility. You’ll love the comfort and traction that comes...
  • FLEX YOUR FEET, FEEL THE FLOOR - Features patented 5mm FeelTrue sole base with 4mm lugs; optional 2mm insole to adjust the amount of “barefoot feel”; 3mm embedded BareFoam, tire tread-inspired...

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