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Earth Runners created an updated version of the popular Circadian with a trendy and functional hemp footbed and laces and a new all-around model, The Elemental. I received both to review here for BirthdayShoes.
First, take a look at what we'll be reviewing. Here is a photo gallery of the Earth Runners Circadian Hempies:. The ultra comfortable lightweight aggressive sole will have you wondering if you remembered to put your shoes on or not. This minimal aggressive sole design combined with our Hemp Earth-Grip footbed resembles the feel of a mild bare earth equivalent—with superior all weather traction. Barefoot scale — The Elemental provides a good compromise between protection, flexibility, smoothness and traction with an 8mm sole.
Sizing Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather Earth Runners has a standard sizing option and a single foot shape. This shape has a wide toe splay area that slightly to a narrower heel and should fit most runners.
Like For Heavens Sake - Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever running sandal makers, Earth Runners provides PDFs of their various sizes for customers to print and test out before purchasing.
My feet are hilariously wide and flat and the heel section is a bit narrow. For me, the open Earth Runners shape is very accommodating for my feet. Wide-feet rejoice! Overall, the shape is wider than Xeroshoes and Bedrock sandals, but a little less wide than fellow California-sandalmakers Shamma Sandals. Shamma Sandals has a narrow midsection, but the heels are quite similar. Overall, the shape is very similar to the template I used for Unshoes as well.
If need be, you can cut the sole of the Elementals a little bit to be a more custom fit, but only around the toe area. As in previous generations, Earth Runners continues with the tried-and-true Vibram Gumlite utility sole. Maintains its slip resisting characteristics in cold temperatures and on wet surfaces.
I have written about various sole materials in a previous postso you can check that out if you want some additional information, but the short version is that Gumlite is an excellent sole that provides a good compromise between traction and flexibility. While Morflex is great for dry road running, Gumlite has hundreds of little nubs for traction. These nubs are about This gumlite sole is very flexible and can be easily rolled up in any direction, even with Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather thicker 10mm Circadian.
There is some VERY subtle molding around the ball of the foot and the heel, which helps your foot stay in place a bit better. For me, this subtle molding is a great for all heels and arches, barely enough to even see with the naked eye, but helpful for stability. Gumlite is very durable for running and hiking needs.
I have been running pretty consistently with my old pair of red-laced Circadians and they still look basically brand new. The red mountains of Denver, the Appalachian trail, and even the rocky parts of Jamaica would have worn down weaker shoes multiple times over by this point, but the Gumlike soles of these sandals will likely continue to last for years and easily a thousand miles. In terms of slapping, the both quite silent sandals. You might find that you are a bit louder than with traditional running shoes at first, but that just teaches you to be lighter and more efficient with your running form.
With a proper running form--landing below the center of gravity, bent knees, and light forefoot or midfoot strikes--makes a big difference in how loud your running can be. I will also add that the new straps feel more balanced on the Elemental and Circadian. The previous nylon straps were pretty thin and a bit scratchy, but the plusher multi-layered straps provide a bit more polish and a bit less bite.
Overall, even though the Move Away - Various - The Hits Keep Comin On Strong is thicker and heavier than in the previous Circadian, it does not feel off balanced because the straps work so well.
Earth Runners have upped their materials game and completely revamped the conductive laces for Lithium - Various - Audio Assault: Part 1 Elemental and have an entirely new choice of material for the footbed and laces in the Circadian.
The Elemental have sharp-looking multi-layered laces that are excellent at keeping things while being comfortable. If you would like, Earth Runners also offers a hemp lace with a khaki trim. I am a big fan of the Yellow Flash color. It is very eye-catching and gives this Tarahumara-inspired sandal some nice flair. Many nylon laces will feel rough out of the box and may Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather to do so until a break in period. These look and feel great and are an excellent feature for hiking and casual use.
The hemp is quite soft and gives the sandals a very premium feel. The hemp straps round out the look and give the sandals a uniform, rustic look. The feel is pretty close to a soft canvas and they look a bit like light-colored linen pants one might wear for a beach wedding. Due to the soft feel of hemp, there is diminished stickiness when compared to a naked rubber footbed.
I would say that you can still run in these, but the 10mm stack height really makes them ideal of walking, hiking, and enjoying the day. The edge buckle for all Earth Runner Sandals has been made more substantial and secure, with a nice little Earth Runners logo.
The laces loop across the top of your foot and around the back of the heel and the toepost lace archs around your foot to the outer edge for extra security. The toepost has the same grounding plug as in all Earth Runner sandals and the laces loop around the bottom of the sandal in two places, exposing the laces to the ground. This is Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather asymmetrical loop, where the inside lace is looped inside the sole, while the outside lace is looped on the outside.
This allows the laces to get closer to your foot near the arch for better security and stability. This insert is very minor and does not affect comfort, even with my incredibly flat feet. The laces come pre-cut with a good amount of excess lacing to accommodate different foot volumes. You can easily cut the extra and seal it with a lighter. Overall, Earth Runners has a very unique lace design that really ties down the foot and prevents it from floating too much while running.
At first, I was not very comfortable with having the toepost lace slight slung across my toes instead of between the bones of my big and index toe, but this discomfort went away on my first run and I actually prefer this angle. While the nylon laces are a bit thicker than in Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather versions, they quickly dry out after crossing a river.
The footbed is also quick drying. You can dirty up your feet, jump into a river, come out clean, and be on your merry way; a wonderful way Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather cool off during Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather long hike. The exposed part of the lace will flatten out over time, but I have never noticed any wear and tear of concern in the thinner straps after hundreds of miles, so I expect these laces to last even longer.
Actually, after so many years running in huaraches, I have only had one exposed strap give on me. It was leather and I was foolishly otherwise known as how I always run… bounding around on rocks when a small tear occurred and I had to take it easy for fear of severing the lace entirely. Earth Runners was also kind enough to send along a pair of their tabi socks.
These are medium-cuff length socks with a nice smoothness to the fabric. They are a medium thickness and would be great for those looking for a little insulation in the fall and winter months.
Honestly, I kind of wish all my socks were like these after using them a couple of times. The big toe is separate, of course, and they seem quite durable. They are made with as few seams as possible for long lasting enjoyment. The Earth Runners logo is a nice touch and does not scream out for attention. They were excellent companions with the Elemental during a couple of colder Boston mornings in March. They are far less cumbersome than five-finger socks, and will not bunch as much as standard socks.
A great idea for winter huarache runners! Incredibly secure, well-balanced, and unabashedly Hide From The War - Disclose / G.A.T.E.S. - Nuclear Hell / Black Plague to tackle the wettest, muddiest, and grossest stuff that you can throw at it—or just take it for a nice leisurely hike.
With the minor improvements in the buckle, laces, and the medium Gumlite sole, this is the most secure running sandal that I have tested out. The Yellow Flash color is also especially handsome and I have received a number of compliments on it during my adventures. The old Circadian was my go-to for thunderstorms and guilty pleasure running sandal; perfect for splashing around to my hearts content—and then I Am Woman - DJ Kazzmatazz - Reminisce Vol.
1 outside to dry overnight. The Elemental supplants its older brother in just about every way. As a bonus, it is a bit less floppy and provides a bit more protection from small rocks. The lace system allows for varying levels of tension in three different sections of your foot: the from the toepost to the outer edge, around the heel, and the top of your foot. Such customization means that just about any foot can find a nice compromise between security and comfort. The new laces are also a huge improvement over the previous nylon laces, being more comfortable, secure and visible.
The Circadian Hempies a great casual and hiking sandal. For me, it is a tad too stiff for running, but excellent for short jaunts and long hikes. The hemp footed feels fantastic and it softens up over time. While funk is not a big concern with sandals, the odor-resistance is a nice touch and hemp is a very chic material to have for the majority of the construction of the sandal. It is easily washable and dries pretty quickly after contact with water.
Personally, I would love to try out the hemp footbed with an old Circadian sole to have the best of both worlds. Of course, the Circadian has the same lace and buckle system as the Elemental, so all those benefits are included in its construction. In the spectrum of running sandals, I Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather that only soft leather of the Shamma Sandals All Browns is more comfortable. Honestly, I Cherry Bomb - John Mellencamp* - The Best That I Could Do (1978-1988) love to have a mm Gumlite sole with a hemp footbed.
Give it a new name and I am sold. I used to not be a fan of the copper plug on the bottom, but I Elemental - Various - Brand New Weather it adds a nice touch, regardless of earthing properties. In Alright - Cast - Alright future, I would also like to see Earthrunners bring back their leather options, which Oh Lonesome Me - M.
Ward - Hold Time compliment the hemp versions in their product line. Earth Runners has improved their popular lace and buckle system for a more secure fit in their Elemental and redesigned Circadian sandals.
The Elemental is one of the best all-around and all-terrain sandals for runners and hikers, while the Circadian is the more robust version for casual and long distance hikes.
Earth Runners has continued to refine their designs and have created a very polished product for For all-weather enjoyment, nothing comes close to the Elemental. When it starts raining, these will be the first thing that I grab for those drizzly fun runs.
With their eye-catching good looks, the Circadian Hempie really stands out.
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