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Tracker II FG Mens

4.5 
Based on 30 user reviews

 

Barefoot style hiking boot made with sustainable materials, great for different outdoor activities especially hiking on non-technical terrain.

Most suitable for:

Hiking, Walking around.

Sizing:

Minimal Meter:

Pretty good minimalist standards.

What does it mean?

Manufacture Short Description

Being tough doesn’t mean you can’t feel. Hard-wearing, lightweight and waterproof, the Tracker II FG lets you tackle any terrain while reconnecting you to nature. This is the natural alternative to normal hiking boots with heaps of flexibility and ground feel.

Buying options:

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Review Summary:

Based on 30 user reviews

The Tracker II FG Mens is a well-made hiking boot made from natural materials. It has a thermal insole which makes it suitable for colder weather. However, this removable insert can be swapped for a lighter one during summer or spring. It’s 4mm lugs supply sufficient grip on most terrains but it may not be as reliable traction-wise on mud and wet surfaces according to most online reviews.

  • PROS
  • Comfortable
  • Well-made
  • Lightweight
  • Minimalist Design
  • Foot-Shaped
  • Waterproof
  • Wide Enough Toe Box
  • CONS
  • Lugs not deep enough for mud
  • A bit tight on the bridge of the foot

Detailed Review

The Tracker II FG is the second iteration of Vivobarefoot’s Tracker Firm Ground (FG) Minimalist hiking boots model. It was designed under the (re)new and improved footwear initiative of the brand which cuts waste and focuses more on sustainable materials.

Made from Renewable Natural Materials

Perhaps, one of its strong selling points is that it is made from natural and recycled materials. On the first model, nylon and polyester were used. On this newer version, these materials were swapped out with 100% organic cotton. The outsole is made from Wildhide Leather from free-roaming cattle sourced from small farms. Lastly, the lining mesh is made from a material called RPet – made from recycled plastic.

Durability & Grip

Changing the materials did not take away from the durability of the hiking boots. The Wildhide upper is long-lasting but still soft enough to allow the shoe to move together with the foot. 

On the outsole is Vivobarefoot’s Firm Ground Outsole design. The sole itself is made with sticky rubber for durability. Pair that with its multi-terrain pattern tread and you have yourself a pair of hiking boots that can tackle dry, rocky or firm landscape. When it comes to mud or trails that are not well-groomed, however, the outsole’s grip wasn’t as reliable according to some reviews.

Design & Usage

Most reviewers mentioned that the Tracker II FG is a great-looking shoe that can be paired even with jeans. Though the boots have limited color options, many appreciated its look and described it as chic and minimalistic.

Those who are interested in getting a minimalist hiking boot should remember that there’s not much support on the midsole. For the Tracker II FG, there is enough material between your foot and the ground, but it may not have been designed to provide the right kind of support for those with flat arches.

With its waterproof attribute and removable thermal insole, it is suited for hiking in colder weather. It can also be used as winter boots if worn with thick socks. During summer or spring, it can still be used if the thermal insole is swapped with a thinner one.

This is a hiking boot that doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. Because of this, it’s more lightweight compared to other hiking boots while still delivering on the essentials – durable, protective, waterproof, provides decent traction and straight-forward.

Fit

The Tracker II FG’s toe box was made to cater to the natural splaying of the toes while walking or running. It was designed to have enough space for the feet to flex and feel the ground while hiking.

Though most male reviewers have expressed that the boots fit just right, a good number of female reviewers mentioned that the fit was a bit narrow for their feet. One even mentioned that the opening of the shoe was too small that she couldn’t get her feet in. 

Vivobarefoot has specified that the second version of the Tracker FG is of wide width, but it was suggested to go a size up, especially if thicker socks are going to be used in some reviews.

Performance

The main edge of a minimalist shoe is to allow the foot to function as if it was not wearing anything. Based on plenty of customer feedback, the Vivobarefoot Tracker II FG delivers just that but without sacrificing underfoot protection thanks to the material its Firm Ground Outsole is made of.

When walking, users expressed that they still had a good feel of the ground. They could feel the rocks and other objects on the trail but they were confident enough to hike continuously without worrying about stepping on something sharp because the sticky rubber compound the outsole is made of felt substantial.

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Specs

Brand Vivobarefoot
Model Tracker II FG Mens
Style Shoes
Activity Type Hiking
Terrain Off Road
Eco Friendly Sustainable Materials
Design Boots
Materials Leather
Season All Year
Sole Attributes Slip Resistant
Water Protection Waterproof
Weight 11.6 ounces (330g) for Men's and 11.6 ounces (330g) for Women's
Width
Heel Toe Drop 0mm

Manufacture Short Description

Being tough doesn’t mean you can’t feel. Hard-wearing, lightweight and waterproof, the Tracker II FG lets you tackle any terrain while reconnecting you to nature. This is the natural alternative to normal hiking boots with heaps of flexibility and ground feel.

Manufacture Full Description

TOUGH ENOUGH TO FEEL

● Foot shaped (not shoe shaped), to let your feet do their natural thing
• WIDE to allow for natural stability
• THIN to enable you to feel more
• FLEXIBLE to enable natural movement
● Remade with less – Less materials, less process, less waste, more feeling.
● Removable thermal insole so you can explore across all seasons
● Recycled waterproof plastic lining and recycled membrane for minimal impact on the planet

FIRM GROUND STICKY RUBBER OUTSOLE

High abrasion, firm-ground outsole with low-profile, multi-directional lugs for extra traction and durability. Designed for moderately wet terrains, as well as dry, rocky surfaces.

NATURAL

Made from natural materials because ‘nature has the best technology’.

WATERPROOF

Heat sealed seams and / or hydrophobic inner bootie construction with non-absorbent materials, to keep the water out what ever the weather.

WILD HIDE LEATHER

Naturally-scarred African leather tanned by Pittards®, from the hides of free-roaming animals.

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Manufacture Full Description

TOUGH ENOUGH TO FEEL

● Foot shaped (not shoe shaped), to let your feet do their natural thing
• WIDE to allow for natural stability
• THIN to enable you to feel more
• FLEXIBLE to enable natural movement
● Remade with less – Less materials, less process, less waste, more feeling.
● Removable thermal insole so you can explore across all seasons
● Recycled waterproof plastic lining and recycled membrane for minimal impact on the planet

FIRM GROUND STICKY RUBBER OUTSOLE

High abrasion, firm-ground outsole with low-profile, multi-directional lugs for extra traction and durability. Designed for moderately wet terrains, as well as dry, rocky surfaces.

NATURAL

Made from natural materials because ‘nature has the best technology’.

WATERPROOF

Heat sealed seams and / or hydrophobic inner bootie construction with non-absorbent materials, to keep the water out what ever the weather.

WILD HIDE LEATHER

Naturally-scarred African leather tanned by Pittards®, from the hides of free-roaming animals.

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