review: Vivobarefoot Primus Trail III All-weather – better or worse?

Having already done a Vivobarefoot Primus Trail review (which I loved), I was very keen to try the new Primus Trail 2 All-Weather / winter which Vivobarefoot launched.

This little review of the Primus Trail All-weather will tell you all the differences, pros, and cons of these robust minimalist/barefoot hiking shoes.

Hiking with the Primus Trail All-weather in the summer

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Just like the regular Primus Trails, these All-Weather / winter variants are just as comfy! However, when it comes to hot weather, you’ll be feeling the heat. The upper foot area is a surprisingly soft almost foam-like feeling material which feels great on the foot.

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail Winter review
Neoprene upper

The ventilation is drastically reduced for the water-repellant/insulating upper, and as a result your feet will get warmer/sweatier/damper. After a 1 hour intense run at ~23°C my feet were a little too warm and damp for my liking. If you’re frequently doing running in high-temperature, I’d recommend looking at the regular Primus Trail Knit or FG.

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They’re water-repellant for a little bit, however they will let water in after not too long. They’re definitely not waterproof and for that you’d be way better off with the Magna Trail Leather & Wool or the Tracker Forest ESC as they both have leather construction and are way better for water.

The laces are reflective which is cool – especially for biking at night!

On the other hand, they still stay warm when wet – my adventure in Sächsische Schweiz when we got nailed by a freak thunderstorm in the evening proved to me that my feet will remain warm even when drenched in these. For a barefoot shoe, this is pretty great – and I didn’t even use the insulating soles!


As stated above, these shoes kept my feet warm during a wet 10°C evening in the sandstone mountains. I didn’t even have socks on and thankfully was able to get some rest and not lose too much heat.


So, come wintertime, rain season, etc – these will do just fine. At least for keeping your feet warm and dry against light rainfall.

They’re not too hot when considering hiking too. I did a half dozen hikes in the Canadian Rockies during the summer with them and if I wore thin merino wool socks I did just fine! As soon as I wore thicker socks though, uh oh!

The scree slopes still suck, no matter which footwear..

Still, I’d rather the regular Primus Trail (or Tracker Decon) for summer hiking anyways. One big benefit of the all-weather though is a good less amount of dirt and dust got into the shoe!

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG vs All-Weather

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail review durability
Vivobarefoot Primus Trails have a mesh upper for much better breathability.

These are definitely much better in cooler weather, while the Primus Trail FG and knit are simply better in warm weather due to the ventilation. Beyond that, the differences are minimal as the rest of the shoe (sole, tread, etc) is the same.


They have great traction on most types of ground (except mud, deep snow, etc) and work great as barefoot shoes for MTB. I’ve got no complaints at all and while it’s not a super close barefoot feeling, it’s the perfect compromise between grip and minimalist footwear.

The tread pattern on the bottom of the Primus Trails is top notch
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I think the Vivobarefoot Primus Trail 2 All-weather (or winter) versions are a great in-between and versatile shoe that can do everything. Still, in hot summer I would definitely opt for a different shoe. I highly recommend these however and really enjoy them and imagine you will too!

Check out my Vivobarefoot Primus Trail FG vs SG vs Knit vs Winter comparison, Vivobarefoot Ultimate buyers guide, and Vivobarefoot Sizing Guide for more information on my favorite barefoot shoes!

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Vivobarefoot Primus Trail III All-Weather
Vivobarefoot primus trail all weather review

The Vivobarefoot Primus Trail II All-Weather IMO are excellent for hiking in ANY condition between -20°C to +20°C. Highly recommend!

Product Brand: Vivobarefoot

Editor's Rating:


  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Great traction


  • Expensive
  • Fragile upper

5 thoughts on “review: Vivobarefoot Primus Trail III All-weather – better or worse?”

    • I’d say size a little bit up, but I personally like a tight shoe – as long as your toes aren’t touching the end you’re good. You want about 1 thumb-length from your big toe to the end of the shoe in terms of extra space.

      • Okay got it, thanks! I’ve got the Primus Lite III in 41 and have a thumb width of space with those, but I’ve seen reviews saying that the FG models, and particularly this one, can be a bit snugger, so I’m wondering whether to go with 42 in these. Any thoughts on whether I would need to size up from 41, even though that’s a good fit for the Lites? (Ordering online, so I’m trying to get the fit right.) Thanks!

        • Stick with the 41 if you do a lot of running and active movement – better to be a little snug.

          42 if you want to have your feet splay out more – over the course of 6-12 months your feet may grow if you’re new to barefoot 🙂


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