ZemGear Terra Review
Once in a while I get new travel products to try and Zem Gear Terra arrived last year. I’m using it for almost half a year now and is now recommending it for outdoor people like me. Here is a simple product review of the Zem Gear Terra:
I’m a believer of the health benefits of using barefoot footwears. We are born barefooted right? We even learned to walk and run on barefoot. So much for preaching barefoot, let’s go to the main business:
Model: Zem Gear Terra (Gray)
What I like?
- -strengthens sole muscles and makes my feet more intelligent.
- -very flexible and easy to wear (slip on), its like you are wearing socks even feels you are barefooted.
- -i feel closer to the earth I walk on without the worry of getting bruised on sharp objects.
- -light and not bulky, my thing as a minimalists and light packer.
- -non-slippery, i used it on mossy rocks on waterfalls and I didn’t slip.
- -reflectors, i dont have to worry when I use it at night or when in dark caves. the line designs serves as reflectors too.
Design wise, color combination is great. I guess the ladies would love to add this to their collections, there are lots of colors to choose from. The ninja-like spit toe is an eye-drawer.
Great for Activities like:
Running. Beach or road running, this works perfectly well. I recommend it especially when you are nursing an injury, this will correct your feet landing and road striking.
Easy trekking. I used a lot of times during easy hikes especially when trails are slippery.
Surfing. I used it when I surfed at Mati City, Davao Oriental because the reef are sharp when going to the line-up. I didn’t worry of getting a cut. It did not slip on the surfboard too.
Beach walks. It’s good to walk barefooted on beaches but what if the sand is too hot? Used this lotsa times walking on the beach- its like I’m barefooted too minus the sand heat.
Snorkeling. Sometimes you have to navigate sharp reefs or rocks underwater and you have to get your feet protected. I used this when I snorkeled at Dauin in Negros Oriental.
Rock climbing. Used this when I climbed some cliffs in Caramoan.
River crossing. I crossed a lot of rivers in Capiz and my Terra didn’t disappoint.
Spelunking. I used this when we did some cave explorations in Jamigdan, Capiz and I’m happy with the results specially when we navigated the wet areas of the caves.
When buying one, make sure that the ZemGear you are wearing fits exactly on your feet, the 1/2inche allowance doesn’t apply when you go barefoot footwears.
Where to buy?
Zem Gear is available at R.O.X. Bonifacio HighStreet. I also saw from Planet Sports. Get updates from their official fanpage on Facebook: /zemgearphilippines.
They have lots of models to choose from- Kids, H20, water, travel, wellness, terra series.
Price: Php2990 (more or less US$ 73) for the Terra.
Benefits of going barefoot:
Doing activities barefoot brings a lot of advantages to the body’s flexibility and mobility. It allows people to exercise, stretch, relax, and strengthen muscles they normally don’t get to use when wearing shoes.
On running: Barefoot running also corrects the way people run—making them land on the balls of their feet—as compared to wearing rubber shoes which gives the tendency to land on the heels first. Landing on the heels of the feet releases more pressure and shock to legs and knees.
On doing activities barefooted: Doing things barefoot also improves range of motion in ankles, feet, and toes because of movements that are more natural and free. It also heightens body awareness since the body has the sense of being freer than being shod. Balance and motion agility are also developed because doing things barefoot further stimulates the neurons and nerves that are essential to lower body movement. And because there are no heels to torture the foot heel and the ankle, it enhances natural posture and the alignment of the spine. And, most especially, it is much easier to relax and stretch after a workout if someone is barefoot.
Thanks R.O.X and Zem Gear Philippines for providing me one pair! I’m loving it!