Patagonia EVERlong Review

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The Patagonia EVERlong was a huge disappointment for me. Patagonia claim a 4 mm drop, but it actually around 9 mm. Instead of being a minimal drop shoe, it turns out to be quite conventional. Other than the drop, the EVERlong does not have any major flaws. However, in pretty much every aspect there is a better option, making it hard to recommend. (I use The Science of Running Shoes as the basis of how I test running shoes and what you should look for in a running shoe.)

Patagonia Everlong top
Patagonia Everlong bottom
Patagonia Everlong inside
Patagonia Everlong outside

1 Characteristics

  • Why you’d buy it. I don't think you should buy the EVERlong. If you're after something closer to a traditional shoe, look at the Saucony Kinvara which is lighter. The Hoka Clifton is lighter and better cushioned, the Altra One, or Saucony Virrata are lighter and zero-drop.
  • Cushioning . The EVERlong is moderately cushioned.
  • Drop. The EVERlong has 9mm of drop, which is more than I'd like or recommend.
  • Structure. This shoe uses single density of foam, with no grooves to improve flexibility. Part of the foam is colored differently, but this is just a superficial paint, not different density foam.
  • Flexibility. The EVERlong is less flexible that I would have expected, probably because the foam does not have any grooves, and partly because of the extensive outsole.
  • Outsole. There is a hard rubber covering virtually the entire contact area of the shoe, which improves longevity.
  • Shape. The shoe is does not match the shape of the human foot, but the EVERlong is not as bad as many shoes. However, I'd still recommend cutting open the toe box for comfort. (I recommend cutting open the toe box of virtually all running shoes, with the exception of a few shoes like some Altra shoes. When you have some worn out shoes, you should try cutting open the toe box. I've found that it's a big improvement, allowing my toes to move naturally and engage for toe off, as well as reducing the possibility of blisters.)
  • Upper. The upper is inflexible but reasonably comfortable. The rear half of the shoe, from about the middle of the arch, is nicely padded. This improves comfort but it also reduces breathability and introduces a noticeable seam. This seam did not cause me any problems, possibly due to the socks I wear to reduce friction.
  • Tongue. The EVERlong has conventional tongue that has thick, soft padding.
  • Lacing. The flat laces work well and remained tied.
  • Heel Counter. The heel counter is soft and hard to detect.
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2 Comparisons

Here are some direct comparisons with its potential competition.

2.1 EVERlong and Hoka Clifton

Comparing the EVERlong and the Hoka Clifton:

  • Similarities
    • Shape. Neither has a good toe box.
    • Availability. Neither is widely stocked.
  • Advantage EVERlong
    • Flexibility. The EVERlong is a bit more flexible.
    • Grip. The EVERlong has slightly more grip.
    • Price. The EVERlong is slightly cheaper.
    • Longevity. The extra outsole on the EVERlong improves longevity.
  • Advantage Hoka Clifton
    • Cushioning . The Clifton has far thicker, softer cushioning.
    • Weight. The Clifton is a little lighter.
    • Drop. While neither is zero drop the Clifton drop is a lot smaller than the EVERlong and the difference is quite noticeable.
    • Trails. The Clifton has a more protection on rocky trails.
Patagonia Everlong top
Patagonia Everlong bottom
Patagonia Everlong inside
Patagonia Everlong outside
Hoka OneOne Clifton top
Hoka OneOne Clifton bottom
Hoka OneOne Clifton inside
Hoka OneOne Clifton outside

2.2 EVERlong and Altra One

Comparing the EVERlong and the Altra One:

  • Similarities
    • Availability. Neither is widely stocked.
  • Advantage EVERlong
    • Price. The EVERlong is cheaper, especially when longevity is considered.
    • Grip. The EVERlong has more grip.
    • Trails. The EVERlong has a little more protection from rocks.
    • Longevity. The EVERlong lasts longer.
  • Advantage Altra One
    • Drop. The Altra is zero drop, the EVERlong has 9mm (too much!)
    • Weight. The Altra is lighter.
    • Shape. The Altra has a much better toe box.
    • Flexibility. The Altra is more flexible.
    • Cushioning . The Altra is a lot more softly cushioned.
Patagonia Everlong top
Patagonia Everlong bottom
Patagonia Everlong inside
Patagonia Everlong outside
Altra The One 2.5 top
Altra The One 2.5 bottom
Altra The One 2.5 inside
Altra The One 2.5 outside

2.3 EVERlong and Saucony Virrata

Comparing the EVERlong and the Saucony Virrata:

  • Similarities
    • Shape. Neither has a good toe box.
  • Advantage EVERlong
    • Grip. The EVERlong has more grip.
    • Longevity. The EVERlong lasts a little longer.
    • Trails. The EVERlong has more protection from rocks.
    • Cushioning . The EVERlong is more softly cushioned.
  • Advantage Saucony Virrata
    • Drop. The Virrata is zero-drop, the EVERlong has 9mm (too much!)
    • Weight. The Virrata is lighter.
    • Price. The Virrata is cheaper.
    • Availability. The Virrata is far easy to find.
    • Flexibility. The Virrata is more flexible.
Patagonia Everlong top
Patagonia Everlong bottom
Patagonia Everlong inside
Patagonia Everlong outside
Saucony Virrata top
Saucony Virrata bottom
Saucony Virrata inside
Saucony Virrata outside

3 A Comparison with other Recommended Shoes

For a more detailed comparison of these shoes see the Recommendations for Best Running Shoes. This table lists the key attributes of What to Look for in Running Shoes. For more detailed information, on the shoes see detailed shoe comparison.

Full Review Name Rating Recommended
price
Benefit Weight
(oz)
Penalty
(sec/mile)
Forefoot
Thickness
Heel
Thickness
Loaded Drop
mm
Cushioning Flexibility
Asics 33-DFA Review 33-DFA Worth considering $90 5.7 10.6 16.5 27 27 0 6.1 5
Saucony Type A6 Review A6 Highly Recommended $100 8.2 6.1 9.5 17 21 4 5.0 7
Adidas Adios Boost 2 Review Adios Worth considering $140 4.7 8.6 13.4 17 27 11 4.0 6
Merrell Bare Access Bare Access Review Pending $95 5.0 7.2 17.8 15 12 -2 3.6 7
Hoka Bondi 5 Review Bondi Recommended $150 6.1 11.6 18.1 38 42 5 7.1 2
Hoka Clayton Review Clayton Best of the Best $150 8.8 8.3 12.9 26 30 3 7.3 4
Hoka Clifton 3 Review Clifton3 Best of the Best $130 9.1 9.8 15.3 34 38 3 8.9 5
On Cloudracer Review Cloudracer Worth considering $130 5.7 8.2 12.8 19 27 5 4.7 7
Hoka Conquest Review Conquest Worth considering $170 5.0 11.9 18.5 28 34 5 6.0 2
Saucony Cortana 4 Review Cortana Worth considering $150 4.4 9.9 18.7 22 28 5 4.3 4
Mizuno Wave Cruise Review Cruise Worth considering $120 6.6 5.9 12.5 17 20 7 3.9 6
Newton Distance IV Review Distance Worth considering $155 7.5 9.1 14.2 26 31 3 6.8 5
Asics Gel DS Racer 10 Review DS Racer Worth considering $110 8.2 7.0 10.9 21 26 6 5.8 5
Mizuno Wave Ekiden 8 Review Ekiden Worth considering $115 5.7 5.7 14.6 13 18 6 3.2 8
Saucony Endorphin 2 Review Endorphin 2 Review Pending $115 7.4 5.5 10.2 15 13 -1 4.1 8
Adidas Energy Boost Review Energy Worth considering $160 7.2 10.0 15.6 20 30 7 7.2 5
Altra Escalante Review Escalante Best of the Best $130 9.1 8.7 13.5 28 25 -1 7.9 6
Puma Faas 100 R Review Faas 100 Highly Recommended $90 8.4 6.1 9.4 15 20 1 5.1 8
Saucony Fastwitch Review Fastwitch Highly Recommended $90 9.5 7.1 11.1 20 22 4 6.8 7
Topo Fli-Lyte Review Fli-Lyte Highly Recommended $100 6.0 9.4 14.6 23 24 4 5.6 5
Nike Free 4.0 Review Free Recommended $120 5.3 8.2 13.6 24 30 6 4.4 5
Saucony Freedom Review Freedom Recommended $160 5.4 10.7 16.6 25 29 3 5.8 6
Asics Gel Lyte 33 3 Review Gel Lyte Not recommended $90 8.0 7.3 11.4 17 24 4 5.8 9
Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 Review GOmeb 3 Worth considering $120 6.9 8.1 12.6 20 24 4 5.5 8
Skechers GORun 4 Review GORun Not recommended $100 6.1 7.5 11.7 15 23 3 4.5 7
Skechers GOrun Ultra 2 Review GRU Worth considering $90 7.5 10.0 15.6 28 34 8 7.5 4
Skechers GOrun Ultra Road Review GRU-R Worth considering $105 6.5 11.3 17.6 30 40 6 7.4 6
Asics GT 2000 Review GT 2000 Not recommended $120 4.8 11.2 17.4 28 35 5 5.4 2
New Balance Hanzo S Hanzo Review Pending $110 7.6 6.9 10.7 21 19 2 5.2 5
Hoka Hupana Review Hupana Recommended $115 6.1 8.9 13.9 31 36 7 5.4 4
Asics Gel Hyper Speed 7 Review Hyper Speed Highly Recommended $75 10.9 6.3 9.8 22 26 5 6.8 6
Altra Instinct 3.5 3.5 Review Instinct 3.5 Recommended $115 4.9 9.3 15.2 24 23 0 4.5 5
Altra Instinct 4.0 Review Instinct 4.0 Worth considering $120 6.0 9.8 15.3 29 25 -1 5.9 5
Asics Tarther Kainos 3 Review Kainos Worth considering $130 10.0 6.9 10.7 17 27 9 6.8 6
Saucony Kinvara 8 Review Kinvara 8 Review Pending $110 9.3 8.6 13.4 26 31 3 8.0 5
Nike LunaRacer 4 Review LunaRacer Recommended $90 9.9 7.0 10.9 22 30 7 6.9 5
Nike LunarSpider R5 Review LunarSpider Recommended $125 6.9 6.7 10.4 17 21 3 4.6 6
Hoka Mafate Speed Review Mafate Best of the Best $170 7.6 11.9 18.5 39 40 4 9.0 1
Pearl Izumi EM Road N0 v2 Review N0 Highly Recommended $100 7.9 6.5 10.1 14 20 4 5.2 8
Saucony Nomad Review Nomad Review Pending $110 4.3 10.5 17.2 25 27 2 4.5 4
Hoka Odyssey Review Odyssey Highly Recommended $130 8.5 9.4 14.6 37 45 5 8.0 3
Altra Olympus Review Olympus Highly Recommended $130 5.4 11.8 18.4 27 27 3 6.4 3
Altra One 2.5 Review One Highly Recommended $100 8.5 7.1 11.1 22 25 2 6.0 7
Altra Paradigm Review Paradigm Highly Recommended $130 6.4 9.9 15.4 25 25 1 6.4 2
Asics Piranha SP 5 Review Piranha Recommended $100 10.1 4.2 6.5 11 15 3 4.2 9
Brooks PureFlow 5 Review PureFlow Worth considering $110 6.0 9.7 15.1 26 29 5 5.8 8
Salming Race Review Race Worth considering $130 6.9 6.5 10.1 16 19 4 4.5 6
New Balance RC1600 v2 Review RC1600 Highly Recommended $110 8.8 5.6 8.7 15 21 5 4.9 8
New Balance RC5000 Review RC5000 Best of the Best $125 12.2 3.4 5.3 13 17 3 4.2 8
New Balance RC5000v2 Review RC5000v2 Best of the Best $125 14.2 4.0 6.2 13 21 6 5.7 7
Skechers GoRun Ride 3 Review Ride Worth considering $85 5.9 8.5 13.2 18 28 6 5.0 8
Inov-8 RoadXTreme 220 Review RXT-220 Worth considering $120 5.2 8.0 18.2 14 17 3 4.2 8
Topo ST-2 Review ST-2 Highly Recommended $90 8.2 7.3 11.4 20 18 0 6.0 7
Hoka Stinson Lite Review Stinson Highly Recommended $160 7.3 11.6 18.1 35 40 6 8.5 0
Nike Zoom Streak LT 3 Review Streak LT Best of the Best $80 8.8 5.4 8.4 16 21 4 4.8 5
Adidas Takumi Sen 3 Review Takumi Sen 3 Highly Recommended $160 7.7 6.6 10.2 17 21 4 5.1 5
Altra Torin 2.0 Review Torin Worth considering $125 5.8 9.6 14.9 28 25 -1 5.5 4
Hoka Tracer Review Tracer Recommended $130 7.2 7.4 11.5 21 24 2 5.3 5
Merrell Trail Glove 3 Review Trail Glove Best of the Best $100 2.9 6.9 24.7 11 11 0 2.0 8
Topo Tribute Review Tribute Recommended $100 5.9 7.3 11.4 20 18 -1 4.3 6
Mizuno Wave Universe 5 Review Universe Highly Recommended $125 10.7 3.1 10.6 9 12 1 3.3 9
Merrell Vapor Glove 2 Review Vapor Glove Highly Recommended $85 2.1 6.1 27.6 6 5 0 1.3 10
New Balance Vazee Pace Review Vazee Pace Worth considering $110 6.0 8.6 13.4 18 24 6 5.2 5
Asics TartherZeal 3 Review Zeal Worth considering $140 10.9 6.3 9.8 17 27 9 6.8 6

It's not a running shoe, but I love the Hoka Tor Ultra hiking boot and I've tested the Altra Lone Peak Boot.
Older shoe reviews: Saucony Hattori Review, Mizuno Cursoris Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, Hoka Clifton Review, Saucony Virrata 2 Review, Brooks PureCadence 3 Review, Brooks PureConnect 3 Review, Brooks PureFlow 3 Review, Skechers GO Bionic 2 Review, New Balance 980 Review, Brooks Transcend 2 Review.
Reviews of shoes that are not worth including on the table: Hoka Huaka Review, Patagonia EVERlong Review.