– Hi, it’s Rebecca from Pack Hacker here and in this video, we’re
going to be taking a look at the Women’s Vivobarefoot Kannas – a lightweight and barefoot-
style travel shoe. Here at Pack Hacker,
we do reviews on packs and travel gear just
like this all the time. So if you’re new here,
consider subscribing. We’ve been testing these shoes
for just over two months now and they’ve seen lots of
use all around the UK. So let’s jump into the review. [upbeat music playing] We are digging the urban
style of these shoes, and we were really impressed
with their versatility across different environments and different clothing choices. They would look great with
a pair of jeans or dress when you’re strolling around the city. And would even work when
you’re adventuring somewhere a bit more rural, or with your workout gear in the gym. Now trying to rock
these for a formal event may be a stretch too far, but if it’s an occasion where
you’d wear a normal sneaker, then the Kannas are good to go. We decided to poll our Instagram audience and get their opinion and 54% said they liked
the look of these things. And make sure you’re following
@packhacker on Instagram if you want to take part in our next poll and have your say. The Kannas are available in black, olive, gray, white, and cordovan. We went with the black because
it’s the most versatile and will show up the least amount of dirt. But if you want that pop of color, then the olive and cordovan
are great choices, too. For travel and everyday use,
we’d recommend steering clear of the gray and white. They show up marks easily and they’re notoriously
tough to get clean. Now, there’s a lot of
branding on these shoes, but it does remain minimal and tasteful. It’s mainly black on black and we like it. There are logos on the
sides, the back of the heel, the tongue, the bottom of the sole, and on the insole. Granted, it is a bit excessive and a tad over the top for a shoe, but unless you’re up close
and really looking for them, you can’t really see them. Weighing in at a mere 5.25 ounces per shoe in a size 6 1/2 US, these things are seriously lightweight. However, it is important to note that if you are looking
for lightweight shoes, there are others on the market – such as Skechers GOwalk 4 – which are identical in weight. Click on the link in the right-hand corner to see this review. Moving into the materials – and
the Kannas are 100% vegan. This is a big plus in our books, as we like to see manufacturers making animal-friendly
products when they can. Vivobarefoot gets two double
thumbs up from us for this. The upper material is made from a breathable and flexible mesh, which makes the shoe feel more like a sock when you’ve got it on. And while it does take a
bit of getting used to, we’ve been impressed with how
comfortable they are to wear. The rest of the shoe is made from TPU, which is non-marking
and abrasion-resistant. And considering you’re going
to be hitting the ground with every step you take,
that’s pretty important. Finally, Vivobarefoot has placed a layer of their patented PRO5
protection in the sole. But is this a pro or
just clever marketing? Well, it’s an ultra-thin layer that increases puncture resistance that has worked well for us in testing. So it is pretty awesome. However, it’s important to remember this is still a minimal
shoe with a very thin sole. So it’s not entirely puncture proof. The Vivobarefoot Kannas offer
a unique set of benefits over traditional sneakers
and travel shoes. First of all, because they’re
so lightweight and minimal, it’s almost like you’re
not wearing them at all. Now, this may sound odd and it’s possible that it
won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we found them so freeing and enjoyed being connected
so closely to the ground. And Vivobarefoot offers a 100-day trial with a No Quibble Returns
policy to all new customers. So you can return them if
they’re not your thing. Second, the Kannas feature a wide front that lets your toes sit
naturally and spread out, just like they would
if they were barefoot – which explains where
they got their name from. It’s amazing to see the difference when you compare these things to the width of a traditional shoe. And it’s weird to go back to squishy toes when you experience the
freedom and natural feel of the Vivobarefoot form factor. Third, the Vivobarefoot Kannas
are incredibly packable. They even roll up and compress. Because of their flexible materials, they take up as little
room as physically possible inside your pack, making them ideal for one-bag travelers where
space is at a premium. When it comes to usage, we found that the Kannas were
ideal in the warmer climates. The breathable mesh stops
your feet from getting sweaty. However, the Kannas are going to struggle if you’re heading somewhere
prone to cold and wet weather. These offer no insulation
or weather resistance. The good news is that Vivobarefoot
sells a thermal insole that you can pop in, and also offers a range
of winter-proof shoes that feature weather
resistant materials, too. While these shoes will work in
a wide range of environments, they are not hiking shoes. So if you’re planning to do that, you will be better off
getting a pair of shoes that are made specifically
for that purpose. And Vivobarefoot actually
makes a range of off-road shoes that are worth considering
if you’re in the market. However, don’t discount
the Kannas entirely. They’re incredibly packable, so you can always bring them
along as a secondary pair. Finally, these things can be
worn with or without socks, which just adds to their versatility. We found both comfortable, so it’s really up to your preference. At the time of this review, we’ve been testing the Vivobarefoot Kannas for just over two months. And they’ve seen everyday
use in the southwest and southeast of the UK. In regards to durability, the
Kannas are holding up well and we’re pleased to report there’s no signs of wear and tear to date. However, we are cautious about
their long-term durability because of the craftsmanship on display. We found the stitching
is a bit shoddy in places and the glue is visible around the sole. We expected more, but
Vivobarefoot has stated that they will be moving
their production facilities in the future. So hopefully, the
craftsmanship will improve. Because of the barefoot style and the fact that your feet are constantly connected to the ground, these things do take a
lot of getting used to. But now it feels strange
to wear anything else. While they won’t be for
everyone, we like them. Moving on to the pros and cons. The Vivobarefoot Kannas are
lightweight and packable. The wide fit allows your
toes to sit naturally as opposed to being squished together. And they feature a puncture-resistant sole that will protect your feet
when you’re out and about. Now the cons. The craftsmanship is a
tad sloppy in places. There’s no insulation
or weather resistance. And they can take awhile
to get used to wearing if you’ve never worn a
barefoot-style shoe before. The Vivobarefoot Kannas
are remarkably comfortable for such a minimal and
lightweight pair of shoes, and we’ve been impressed with their versatility and packability. While the craftsmanship
could be slightly better, they offer a superb option
for any one-bag traveler looking for a pair of shoes that won’t take up half their pack. And as long as you don’t plan on hiking or venturing anywhere too cold and rainy, they could possibly be
the only pair you need. Thanks for taking a look at our review of the Vivobarefoot Kannas and let us know in the comments below what you think of these things. And as ever, make sure you head over to packhacker.com/newsletter. Sign up to our newsletter
and never miss an update. Thanks for checking this one out. We’ll see you in the next one. [beep]
Non-marking and abrasion res…. [laughs]
– [Man] Rolling on camera one. [shoes click together] [laughing] That was what it needed… It just wasn’t right.

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