Gear Assessment: Xero Footwear Xcursion


Xero Footwear have been about for practically a decade, but the previous couple of years have noticed the brand truly take off in terms of visibility. Began by sprinter Steven Sashen and his wife Lena Phoenix, a hiker, the organization grew out of the barefoot-operating craze ignited by Christopher McDougall’s 2011 bestseller Born to Run.

Sashen, who started sprinting once again at age 45 right after 30 years away from the sport, decided to make his personal huarache-style sandals for operating. Members of his barefoot-operating club in Boulder, Colorado urged him to turn it into a enterprise, and Xero Footwear was born. Obtaining sold tens of thousands of pairs of its minimalist sandals, the organization in current years has begun to expand into almost everything from casual put on to hiking footwear. The water-proof, ankle-higher Xcursion is the company’s most current iteration of a lightweight hiking shoe with a minimalist sole.

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Xero Shoes’ Xcursion is a water-proof, lightweight hiking shoe with a minimalist sole. Clay Bonnyman Evans photo.

The Xcursion is an uncommon hybrid, intended to give hikers a sense of connection to the ground beneath their feet even as it protects the foot from obtaining wet, scratched or cold. The shoe is a sort of mirror image to Chaco sandals. Chacos are open and unprotected on prime, but function a thick, heavy sole, exactly where the Xcursion attributes a thin, light sole and considerable protection on prime.

Xero Footwear Xcursion At-a-Glance

MSRP: $159.55
Weight: 22 ounces/pair (men’s size 9)
Intended goal: Hiking
Heel-to-toe drop: mm
Cushioning: Minimal


Gusseted tongue and sealed waterproof inner liner: The shoe’s major line of defense against moisture.

Water-repellent membrane lines outer mesh: More protection against moisture.

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The Xcursion gives protection for toes and ankles. Clay Bonnyman Evans photo.

Protective toe cap: Reinforced material to safeguard from put on and rock-stubbing.

Lightweight building: A men’s size 9 weighs just 11 ounces per shoe, or 1 pound, six ounces per pair.

Wide toe box: All Xero footwear function a wide toe box a la Altra, in the company’s efforts to protect against restrictions from interfering with the foot’s organic, barefoot shape and conformation.

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Although lightweight and thin, the lugs on the Xcursion make for a surprisingly grippy sole. Clay Bonnyman Evans photo.

Zero-drop heel: Following the logic of the barefoot philosophy, Xero Footwear believes that a zero-drop building – the heel is level with the toe, rather of becoming elevated – encourages “proper posture” and aids with foot positioning, discouraging overstriding and the troubles that can come with it.

Higher-traction, versatile FeelTrue® rubber sole: The thin sole attributes dual-chevron tread and is backed by the company’s exceptional five,000-mile assure.


Match: By the company’s personal admission, match could differ involving its a variety of models. This reviewer located that the Xcursion matched sizing for Xero Shoes’ Z-Trail minimalist sandal and most Altra models.

Durability: The reviewer hiked about 60 miles in the Xcursion on the following terrain: foothills hiking with some simple scrambling in the Colorado Rockies in light snow (about 4 inches) on rolling dirt trail dirt tread on undulating trail in Black Hills, South Dakota in swampy land in the lowcountry of South Carolina on the beach. That is not a lot of miles, but the shoe appeared to be in superior shape right after that level of use.

Although lightweight (just 22 oz./pair for a men’s size 9), the Xcursion gives strong protection for feet, toes and ankles. Clay Bonnyman Evans photo.

Comfort: Placing on the Xcursion can make for a curious sensation. Why? Due to the fact, primarily, this is Xero Shoes’ sandal, with a flat, thin sole that permits you to really feel the terrain beneath your feet, with lightweight uppers attached. This reviewer, who has hiked hundreds of miles in Xero Shoes’ minimalist Z-Trail sandals, felt oddly constrained when 1st attempting the Xcursion: Lots of of the virtues of sandal-hiking are, by necessity, lost the minute the sandal becomes a shoe. So it took a couple of miles ahead of that disconnect started to fade. For these employed to hiking in sub-ankle-height footwear, as is the reviewer, feeling that stress can take obtaining employed to. But general, the footwear are comfy, the material is versatile and does not weight down the foot, and the reviewer knowledgeable no difficulties with hotspots or blisters.

Waterproofing: No “waterproof” technique, no matter if in a jacket, shoe or other piece of gear, is completely waterproof. It is just not doable, and that is the case with the Xcursion. The shoe’s attributes are intended to retain moisture out, but that implies they also have a tendency to retain moisture – no matter if from sweat, drippings from wet foliage, stream-fording, rain operating down your legs – in. This reviewer located that the footwear withstood light rain, a layer of light snow and walking in dewy grass. But when submerged more than the toes, water located its way about the gusseted tongue. Verdict: The Xcursion gives some protection from moisture, but like practically any shoe or boot, hikers should really not count on it to retain their feet absolutely dry in all situations.

“Waterproof” is a misnomer for any piece of gear. The Xcursion prevents moisture from getting into in some, but not all, situations. Clay Bonnyman Evans photo.

Traction: The Xcursion attributes the exact same “dual-chevron” lugs as Xero’s TerraFlex. The sole is versatile and impressively grippy.


The Xcursion is light and sturdy. Even though not really “waterproof,” it definitely keeps feet dry in quite a few situations. The thin, zero-drop sole is admirably grippy and permits your feet to truly really feel the terrain. Theoretically, zero-drop footwear with a “barefoot” or minimal sole should really assist create a far more organic gait. Difficult but comfy uppers that present ankle assistance.


Xero Shoes’ philosophy is barefoot all the way, so if you do not like feeling the trail beneath your feet — each pebble and twig — the Xcursion is likely not for you. The downside of water-resistant supplies is a distinct lack of breathability, and in warm situations, your feet will be wet from sweat, regardless of no matter if it is raining.

All round

These who delight in backpacking in sandals typically say they really feel a sense of genuine liberation for their feet. And quite a few who have hiked in minimalist sandals like these produced by Xero Footwear like the truth that they can truly really feel the trail beneath their feet, even as they are protected from stickers, sharp stones and the like. Xero’s Xcursion is an try to preserve some of the freedom of sandals or barefoot walking though giving protection, and it is productive, as far as it goes. The shoe did take a bit of obtaining employed to for this sandal-hiker – I felt simultaneously enclosed/restricted and curiously “unprotected,” even although I routinely hike in thin-soled sandals. So, in the finish, I choose sandals (I put on, and like, Xero’s Z-Trail). That mentioned, only the hardiest hiker is prepared expose her toes to, say, an ice storm in the Appalachians or a lengthy march up a snowfield in the Sierra Nevada, so for hikers who really like a minimalist, really feel-the-trail sole, the Xcursion is a excellent choice for difficult-climate situations. The shoe also combines a “barefoot” really feel with protection for feet, toes and ankles in difficult, rocky or gritty terrain.

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This item was donated for goal of evaluation


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