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Tried and Tested: Ultra

March 02, 2015 by Holly & Ollie Graham

Tried and Tested: Ultra

For those that don’t know, the Inca Trail is a 4 day trek leading from Kusicancha at 2850m above sea level right through some of Perus most stunning scenery, over Dead Womans pass, at 4200m, and eventually into Machu Pichu. The Inca Trail was the traditional and spiritual walk of the Incas, to reach Machu Pichu, their holy city. Me (Holly 27) and my husband (Ollie 28), newlyweds, had committed to doing the trek months before as part of our honeymoon adventure, and whats more we’d committed to doing it in our VivoBarefoot Ultra shoes. The reason for this was simple, we value health and wellbeing and strongly believe that simpler is better. According to the hiking company, the list of gadgets, gismos and equipment required for the trek was enormous and preposterous and we thought, perhaps naively, this list wasn’t intended for us. We wanted to strip back. A tent, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes and some light weight walking shoes. In the twelve months leading up to our honeymoon, between us we had completed, several 10k runs, zorb footballing, muddarella and tough mudder in our Vivos and so we packed our backpacks with confidence. On 31st November 2014 we arrived in Cusco. Immediately we encountered hundreds of tourists, all embarking or returning from the Inca Trail, all with heavy duty hiking boots, some even had hiking trousers which, I didn’t know was a thing. After several discussions we decided to persevere with our Vivos. We met the guide the night before we left and decided not to bring it up with him incase he tried to convince us otherwise. On the morning we got in the van to head to Chilca. We received a couple of sideways glances at our Vivos from other guides and people doing the trek but no one dissuaded us from wearing them. We met up with the group we were walking with, all of whom had huge, bulky, hiking boots, and all had opted to hire two proper hiking sticks. In the interest of freedom and mobility we had decided against the hiking sticks. So we headed off, through the gate at Kusicancha and onto the first day of the trail. Day 1 - 11km - 300m down 400m up The first day was a win for Vivo, we skitted along the paths and up the well cut steps, our loads probably 2 kilos lighter than our fellow trekkers, amid their complaints about the awkward and unnecessary walking sticks and sweaty feet. That night Ollie played football with the locals in his Vivos, only boys allowed! After we washed our feet and shoes in a bowl of hot water and were refreshed, ready for the next day. Day 2 - 12km - 1200m up and 850m down The second day was a ginormous triumph for Vivo. Because we had less weight and more agility we had established ourselves as the front runners in the group, always reaching check points 15 minutes before most of the others in our group. At this point, 2 members of our group were suffering with horrible blisters from their hiking boots. As the blisters started so did the interest and questions about the intriguing vivobarefoot shoes. The higher we went on the trail the wetter it got. The hiking boots were becoming drenched with sweat and rain water. Thankfully our amphibious Vivos weren’t. On the descent down off Dead Womans pass we perhaps saw the one negative to our plan, grip. The hiking boots were grippier, this coupled with the walking sticks made the descent technically easier for the others, however we still lead the way at a considerable pace, using hands, feet and caution as nature intended. We made it to camp fast and without incident.  Read More

  ultra,  inca trail,  adventure,  vivobarefoot

Wild Swimming? Stuff Magazine recommends the VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra

March 06, 2014 by Jamie Page

Wild Swimming? Stuff Magazine recommends the VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra

When talking about the Ultra, Joe Minihane from Stuff Magazine, commented: Read More

  Ultra,  Stuff,  Stuff Magazine,  VIVOBAREFOOT,  Barefoot shoes,  Press,  Ultra Review,  VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra Review

A silver lining for Volf and Stepanek

September 23, 2013 by Jamie Page

A silver lining for Volf and Stepanek

2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships - PRAGUE – Jaroslav Volf and Ondrej Stepanek, 6 times World Champions, 3 times runners up, silver medallists in Beijing 2008 and bronze medallists at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, took a bitter-sweet silver medal at this year's World Championship. The pair end their long and extremely successful career by narrowly missing out on gold by a mere 4 hundredths of a second. Volf and Stepanek were sporting their amphibious barefoot shoes: the VIVOBAREFOOT Ultra. Read More

  Canoeing Shoes,  Canoeing World Champions,  Stepanek,  Ultra,  Volf,  Volf And Stepanek

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