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Z-Trail EV

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4.5 
Based on 633 user reviews

Men's Sizing:

93% "Felt true to size"

Based on 89 user reviews

100% "Felt true to width"

Based on 52 user reviews

Women's Sizing:

81% "Felt true to size"

Based on 21 user reviews

100% "Felt true to width"

Based on 64 user reviews

The perfect combination of protection, comfort, light weight, natural flexibility, durability, versatility, and affordability.

Most suitable for:

Multisport, Light hike, Camping

Minimal Meter:

Excellent minimalist standards.

What does it mean?

Manufacture Short Description

The perfect combination of protection, comfort, light weight, natural flexibility, durability, versatility, and affordability.

Adventure Everywhere

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  • Review
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Review Summary

Xero’s Z Trail EV is packed with all the right features trail runners and ultralight backpackers want. Several reviews recommend improving the buckle system’s construction. Other than that, the EV sandals by Xero are a good choice to accompany you in warmer weather.

  • PROS
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • CONS
  • Slippery footbed
  • Tendency to slide forward in the straps
  • Minimal adjustability
  • Thin sole not suitable for varying terrains

Detailed Review

The Z-Trail EV is a lightweight, versatile, and durable sports sandal perfect for almost all types of activities. With a size 9 pair weighing under 11oz, trail runners and ultralight backpackers alike will find a friend in this sandal. This new version of Z-Trail by Xero features most of the characteristics a user would want from zero-drop, minimalist sandals designed for warm days.

Made from Earth and Vegan-Friendly Materials

The Xero Z Trail is made from earth and vegan-friendly materials, and it eliminates more than 70% of all unnecessary elements found in modern sports shoes. The soft, tubular webbing straps are made of nylon obtained from recycled water bottles, which is even better for the environment.

The comfortable tubular webbing system holds the sandal securely in place, and the adjustable Z-pattern allows you to get the perfect tension across your foot, over your foot, and behind your heel. Several users, however, complained that the buckle system connecting the straps and sole broke up easily after using it a few times.

Weight-wise, this new Z-Trail weighs only 5.4oz each piece for size 9 men. This redesigned Z-Trail is just as light and flexible as the original. When compared to the Z-Trek sandals, this sandal is 20% lighter.

Durability & Protection

The Z-Trail sandals feature an updated 10mm FeelLite™ sole with a middle layer of TrailFoam™ and an updated dual chevron lug pattern. 

The updated dual chevron lug pattern, which is deeper, sets it apart from the previous Z Trail model. Some reviews mentioned how the lugs improved the traction and added protection from sharp objects under their feet. It is also equipped with a built-in heel cup, which provides a secure fit and helps prevent debris from entering.

Some users, however, complained about how these Xero Z Trail sandals are not durable. Signs of wear show after a short mile of use which is contrary to Xero’s 5000-mile warranty. 

Due to wear and tear along the tread, there is a noticeable lack of traction. Additionally, there is visible wear along the top edge of the footbed, where small black pieces fall off. Instances where the soles split in multiple places after washing with water and drying it out were also mentioned in some reviews.

Design & Usage

The new Z Trail sandals boast superior performance yet are stylish enough to match just about any look. Take it on trails, boardwalks, and everywhere in between. They have great flotation characteristics and can resist water, making them excellent for rafting, canoeing, and paddleboarding.

Fit is personalized, comfortable, and secure, thanks to multi-point adjustment. A pull on the Z-pattern webbing will secure the strap tight. 

The versatility of this shoe makes it a favorite for many users, according to a good number of Xero Z Trail reviews. Besides meeting basic needs in the backcountry, it’s comfy to use at camp with a pair of socks after a long day in boots, and it looks good enough to wear in town to run errands.

However, some reviews claimed these Xero Z Trail Sandals were only good for light hikes. This was mainly due to the slippery footbed, tendency of the foot to slide forward in the straps, and thin sole that is not intended to last for very long.

Comfort & Grip

Simple and light, these foam-filled sandals have just a few thin layers and straps, but they are surprisingly comfortable and soft. They have a smooth and supple upper layer, and it features a slight heel cup and soft padded Z-pattern webbing straps that don’t cut into the toes. 

The barefoot design lets users feel the ground beneath their feet, which may or may not appeal to everyone. There were some complaints that these sandals are only 10 millimeters thick and that sharp stones or sticks might feel uncomfortable under the feet, especially for those who aren’t used to them. 

According to some reviews, this Xero sandals mens is not that grippy, especially on wet surfaces. Several users mentioned how the foot slips forward when the midsole is wet. Despite the upgraded tread and deeper lugs, the outsole does not sufficiently hold to the ground, causing some users to slip.

There may also be an adjustment period with minimalist shoes, especially if the user is used to more supportive footwear. Those who need arch support or prefer more padding during long walks around town might want to look elsewhere.

Fit

True to size, the new Z Trail sandals are comfortable and light as the previous version.

In comparison to ordinary sports sandals, this Xero sandals mens has a wider forefoot. The Xero z trail womens are recommended for men with narrow feet, and Xero suggests going one size up. Men’s 8’s are the same length as women’s 9’s.

Besides having a quick-drying webbing upper, this pair of barefoot shoes have adjustable lacing for a custom fit.

However, several reviews pointed out that the lacing system must be continually readjusted to prevent the foot from slipping forward.

Performance

Featuring an updated FeelLite sole with a middle layer of TrailFoam and a dual chevron lug pattern, the Z-Trail EV is built for performance and comfort. 

Comfort, protection, and trail-ready traction combine in these shoes that allow the wearer to bend, move, flex, and feel the terrain beneath the feet. 

However, several Xero shoes Z Trail reviews complained of a slippery footbed. The feet tend to slide forward when walking downhill regardless of how much the straps are tightened. According to the review, this sandal is not the most durable in the long run, and it’s not the perfect sandal for hiking or spending a lot of time in a river.

Still, this is a minimalist, barefoot-style that does have its benefits. Users can feel the changing terrain underfoot since the shoe is so thin and flexible. This allows better balance on rocks, slopes, and trails.

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FAQ

How comfortable is it?

The lightweight, foam-filled sandals look very simple, with just a few thin layers and a couple of straps, but they're surprisingly soft and comfortable. The upper layer has a soft and supple texture. A slight heel cup keeps the heel secure, and the padded Z-pattern webbing straps aren't at all sharp and don't cut into the foot. With this barefoot design, users can feel the ground underneath the feet, which is pleasing to some but not to all. Although these sandals are only 10 millimeters thick, some mentioned how sharp rocks or sticks feel under the feet, which will be uncomfortable for those who are not used to them. There may also be an adjustment period with minimalist shoes, especially if the user is used to more supportive footwear. Those who need arch support or prefer more padding during long walks around town might want to look elsewhere.

What about the Weight Specification?

Despite weighing only 5.4oz each for a men's size 9, the Z-Trail EV remains just as lightweight and versatile as its predecessor.

Is it grippy?

With deeper lugs than before, the new Z-Trail performs better on slopes and slippery surfaces. This shoe performs well on granite slabs, soft trails, and moderate amounts of scree. The smooth footbed of this shoe makes it a bit slippery underfoot when wet, so it loses points when wet. Wet conditions can make it difficult to keep your foot in place.

What about ground feeling?

The Z-Trail EV features a non-elevated "zero drop" heel for comfort, a low-to-the-floor design for balance, and a flexible sole that delivers "just the right" amount of protection for you to bend, move, and flex comfortably.

Is this recommended for adventure?

The sandal cannot compete with heavier, beefier models that provide more support. The footbed makes the feet tend to slide when encountering rough terrain, regardless of how much the straps are tightened. It’s great for light hikes but not for rough adventures.

Is it adjustable as per foot?

There are many reasons to like the Xero, including its minimalist design and adjustability. The Z-pattern webbing makes it easy to secure the strap tight with a pull.

Specs

Brand Xero Shoes
Model Z-Trail EV
Style Sandals
Activity Type Daily Use, Gym, Hiking, Running, Strolling, Training, Water Sports
Terrain Off Road, Road, Water
Eco Friendly Vegan
Design Styled, Sandal
Materials Nylon, Recycled Plastic Bottles
Season Warmer
Sole Attributes FeelLite Sole
Water Protection Water Resistant
Weight 10.8 oz per size 9 men's and 9.59 oz per size 9 women's
Width
Heel Toe Drop 0

Manufacture Short Description

The perfect combination of protection, comfort, light weight, natural flexibility, durability, versatility, and affordability.

Adventure Everywhere

Manufacture Full Description

Check out the complete Z-Trail review! (older model) Tested and reviewed by ultra-marathon runner Randy Kreill.

Due to increased costs of materials, manufacturing, and shipping, the price of this product will be raised on September 1st.
Limited quantities are available before that date.

“Love these shoes! I wear these from the gym, to work, to church, to the beach.
Great style and wearability!”  – Larry K.

The Z-Trail EV offers the perfect combination of lightweight protection, natural flexibility, durability, versatility, style and affordability.

Is it the best barefoot hiking sandal? We think so!

WHAT MAKES THE Z-TRAIL EV THE ULTIMATE SPORTS SANDAL?

LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTION THAT FEELS JUST RIGHT.

The Z-Trail EV features an updated 10mm FeelLite™ sole with a middle layer of TrailFoam™ and an updated dual chevron lug pattern that offers the best combination of comfort, protection, and trail-ready traction while still allowing you to bend, move, flex, and feel the terrain beneath your feet.

At just 5.4 ounces each for a men’s size 9, the Z-Trail EV remains just as lightweight and versatile as the original best-selling Z-Trail.

MADE FROM EARTH & VEGAN-FRIENDLY MATERIALS.

The Z-Trail EV eliminates 70% of the unnecessary materials used in modern sports sandals – and because its soft, tubular quick-dry webbing is made from nylon sourced from recycled water bottles, it’s even better for the planet than before!

GOES ANYWHERE. GOES WITH ANYTHING.

Available in three colors, the new Z-Trail EV is ultra-capable yet stylish enough to accompany just about any look, so you can take anywhere from the trail to the boardwalk and everywhere in between.

WE MAKE SANDALS SO COMFORTABLE, YOU’LL FORGET THEY’RE EVEN ON.

If your feet don’t feel as good at the end of the day as they did in the beginning, you haven’t tried the Z-Trail EV.
Life-changing comfort and superior performance come from letting your feet do what’s natural – bend, move, flex and feel.
All Xero Shoes feature a non-elevated “zero drop” heel for proper posture, low-to-the-ground design for perfect balance and agility, and a flexible sole that gives you “just right” protection so you can bend, move, flex, and safely Feel the World® in total comfort.

Caring for your Z-Trail EVs

Because of the TrailFoam™ in the Z-Trail, these need a bit of extra attention. Do not leave Z-Trail in hot cars or exposed to intense or direct sunlight. This could cause the TrailFoam™ to deform and is not covered by our warranty.

To clean your Z-Trail sandals, hand wash with warm water, mild soap and allow them to air dry (away from direct sunlight).

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Manufacture Full Description

Check out the complete Z-Trail review! (older model) Tested and reviewed by ultra-marathon runner Randy Kreill.

Due to increased costs of materials, manufacturing, and shipping, the price of this product will be raised on September 1st.
Limited quantities are available before that date.

“Love these shoes! I wear these from the gym, to work, to church, to the beach.
Great style and wearability!”  – Larry K.

The Z-Trail EV offers the perfect combination of lightweight protection, natural flexibility, durability, versatility, style and affordability.

Is it the best barefoot hiking sandal? We think so!

WHAT MAKES THE Z-TRAIL EV THE ULTIMATE SPORTS SANDAL?

LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTION THAT FEELS JUST RIGHT.

The Z-Trail EV features an updated 10mm FeelLite™ sole with a middle layer of TrailFoam™ and an updated dual chevron lug pattern that offers the best combination of comfort, protection, and trail-ready traction while still allowing you to bend, move, flex, and feel the terrain beneath your feet.

At just 5.4 ounces each for a men’s size 9, the Z-Trail EV remains just as lightweight and versatile as the original best-selling Z-Trail.

MADE FROM EARTH & VEGAN-FRIENDLY MATERIALS.

The Z-Trail EV eliminates 70% of the unnecessary materials used in modern sports sandals – and because its soft, tubular quick-dry webbing is made from nylon sourced from recycled water bottles, it’s even better for the planet than before!

GOES ANYWHERE. GOES WITH ANYTHING.

Available in three colors, the new Z-Trail EV is ultra-capable yet stylish enough to accompany just about any look, so you can take anywhere from the trail to the boardwalk and everywhere in between.

WE MAKE SANDALS SO COMFORTABLE, YOU’LL FORGET THEY’RE EVEN ON.

If your feet don’t feel as good at the end of the day as they did in the beginning, you haven’t tried the Z-Trail EV.
Life-changing comfort and superior performance come from letting your feet do what’s natural – bend, move, flex and feel.
All Xero Shoes feature a non-elevated “zero drop” heel for proper posture, low-to-the-ground design for perfect balance and agility, and a flexible sole that gives you “just right” protection so you can bend, move, flex, and safely Feel the World® in total comfort.

Caring for your Z-Trail EVs

Because of the TrailFoam™ in the Z-Trail, these need a bit of extra attention. Do not leave Z-Trail in hot cars or exposed to intense or direct sunlight. This could cause the TrailFoam™ to deform and is not covered by our warranty.

To clean your Z-Trail sandals, hand wash with warm water, mild soap and allow them to air dry (away from direct sunlight).

Expert reviews

User reviews:

Specs

Brand Xero Shoes
Model Z-Trail EV
Style Sandals
Activity Type Daily Use, Gym, Hiking, Running, Strolling, Training, Water Sports
Terrain Off Road, Road, Water
Eco Friendly Vegan
Design Styled, Sandal
Materials Nylon, Recycled Plastic Bottles
Season Warmer
Sole Attributes FeelLite Sole
Water Protection Water Resistant
Weight 10.8 oz per size 9 men's and 9.59 oz per size 9 women's
Width
Heel Toe Drop 0

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