Patagonia’s trail running shoes have been a model of consistent improvement over the years. There have been lots of refinements over time that have gotten them to this new shoe, the EVERlong. Built as an endurance runner’s do-it-all shoe, the EVERlong has quickly earned its place as my favorite Patagonia trail running shoe to date.

Patagonia EVERlong Features:

  • Welded mesh uppers
  • Dri-Lex® moisture wicking ventilated air mesh collar and tongue lining treated with Aegis Microbe Shield®
  • Minimal sticky rubber outsole reinforces wear zones while minimizing weight
  • 24.5mm/20.5mm stack height
  • 4mm drop
  • Weight: 17.7 oz pair (size 11, as tested)
  • MSRP: $110

Patagonia EVERlong Offers Lightweight Comfort

From the Tsali to the Nine Trails and Fore Runner, we’ve had our way with Patagonia’s trail running shoes. While every one has been solid, the new EVERlong is something different. Inspired by some of the best road shoes on the market, the EVERlong is light, comfortable and offers tons of breathability.

This time of year is well-known for its hero dirt along the Wasatch Front. With that hero dirt comes amazing mountain biking and trail running. Soft, tacky trails are so inviting and the EVERlong has now enjoyed being a hero.

Patagonia EVERlong Review

The size 11 feels true-to-Patagonia running shoe sizing. I’ve gotten used to sizing up in most brands and my 10.5 foot is much more comfortable in a Patagonia size 11. The tapered toebox is wide enough to enable wiggling — even with Injinji toe socks. Laces are straightforward with no tricky eyelets or gimmicks. The lightweight laces remain tied and eyelet tension allows pinpoint pressure where needed.

Of note is the semi-structured heel cup. It can be folded and compressed for travel without damage, yet it still provides an excellent heel cradle. What’s unique are the dual pads that tuck into the pocket below the ankle to provide excellent support and stability without the need of a plastic heel cup. The result is a comfortable fit that reduces bulk and unnecessary bits and pieces in the shoe’s construction process.

Jason Testing the Patagonia EVERlong

During my break-in period, I was enamored by the sheer comfort of the EVERlong’s. The natural-feeling stride and quality cushioning just begged for use. Once the time came to put these to the test, the cushioned ride made rough trails feel marshmallow soft. That softness won’t have you winning any races in these as they are more suited to cushioned training efforts (though I did nab a new Strava PR in these). Additionally, the slightly-rockered sole is a nice touch and certainly adds to the smooth stride.

As expected, the low-profile tread proved to be excellent in hardpack trails, hero dirt and even paved roads. What makes the treads excel in those conditions makes them suffer in loose, rocky terrain. A more aggressive tread has trade-offs too, so it just depends on the terrain you tackle most, but there’s no way getting around the low profile-ness of these treads. Since the outsole is not a single piece of rubber, the EVA midsole is exposed to rocks and other sharp, pointy things. It has held up well so far, but does pick up small, sharp rocks en route and may be concern for long-term use.

The Low-profile Outsole on the Patagonia EVERlong

While these shoes are touted as excellent for ultra distances, my typical testing runs have been in the 4-6 mile range on a mixture of rocky, technical and soft, hero dirt. I found the uppers to provide excellent support and breathability, but don’t feature any DWR treatment so rain or puddles will soak right in. The mesh has been durable and cradles my feet well.

As mentioned, the minimalist outsole does expose the EVA to sharp rocks and debris. The balancing act between trail feel and protection errs on the side of trail feel with the EVERlong. It’s not bad, but I personally prefer something with a little more protection against the sharp rocks I navigate.

The Good

  • Lightweight design
  • Nice stride with a slight sole rocker
  • Love the mesh/welded upppers
  • Very comfortable on/off road
  • Minimalist heel cup is a nifty design that works well
  • Nice cushioning for training

The Bad

  • A little DWR would shed light moisture
  • Trail protection is minimal — you’ll feel the trails, but also rocks
  • Traction is lacking in technical, loose terrain

The Bottom Line

Patagonia’s new EVERlong trail running shoe is certainly my favorite trail runner from them to date. It’s “just right” design balances lightweight with comfort and support without feeling too minimalist. The rockered outsole and mesh uppers are excellent choices for winning design on less-technical terrain and training runs.

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Enter to Win a Pair of EVERlong’s

Patagonia has generously agreed to award one lucky reader a pair of EVERlong trail runners. This offer is valid to residents of US and Canada only.

How to enter:

  1. Watch the YouTube video above
  2. Submit a comment below with a) the slogan on the heel of the EVERlong and b) a sentence or two on why you trail run.
  3. Entries must be received by 12:00 am Mountain Time, November 4, 2013 with a winner selected at random. Shoes will be shipped after Nov 15.

About Author

A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 --sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.


  1. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Sounds like a great shoe.

    Slogan – GiddyUp

    Why – trail running takes me away from a world in which my senses are under constant assault. But really my wife was always a softy for a nice calf muscle.

  2. I love that the slogan is giddyup – and im drawn to trail running since it challenges my body but keeps my mind engaged too!

  3. Giddyup!!! I love to trail run to keep my cardio in check. I’m a rock climber at heart so my endurance is solid but I dont get much cardio out of it. I have to push myself to get my runs in but its always worth it! Plus, I live in Colorado…who wouldn’t want to trail run here?!?! 🙂

  4. Howdy, and Giddyup!

    I don’t consider it running per se, to me trail running is more like spending time in the outdoors while moving quickly 😉 At least that’s what i tell myself inside the pain cave!

  5. Looks like we received 6 total entries. Using to generate a random number between 1 and 6, the winer is….. Number 5, Brandi Dawn.

    I’ll be in touch to coordinate shipping address and sizing.

    Thanks to everyone for your entries! Giddy Up! The contest is now closed.

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