True to their word, the technologies in the Tomir are top-of-the-line, going head-to-head with some of our favorite shoes in the trail running scene.
For starters, the Tomir features a Vibram Megagrip + Litebase outsole, which is really one of the best outsoles that money can buy. It’s found on some of our favorite trail shoes at the moment, so we have no doubt that it’ll perform the same here. The 5mm lugs are also sufficient to handle pretty much any terrain.
Nnormal has made it a point to focus on the long tail of sustainability. That is, making products that last longer, thereby needing less replacement, and as a result, less waste. One way they’re tackling this is through the durable upper, made of a unique blend of monofilament polyester and TPE. The combination of those elements makes the Tomir resistant to snags and abrasion. Another interesting feature of the upper is that it’s craft-stitched into the midsole, providing an extra layer of durability.
The midsole is standard EVA, which is pretty common on the trails. Moving beyond EVA to supercritical or Pebax foams has yielded mix results (great in the Hoka Tecton X, unstable as hell in the Saucony Endorphin Edge), so staying in the EVA zone is the safest bet here.
On the waterproof models, Nnormal forgoes the standard American staple Gore-Tex and opts for the European waterproofing of Sympatex, which works with brands ranging from On to Salomon. The membrane used on the Tomir is 100% waterproof, 100% windproof, breathable, and durable. It’s also bluesign®-certified, recyclable, and free of harmful PTFEs and PFCs.
We never really published our first thoughts on the Kjerag, but if you throw Kilian’s input into footwear that’s backed and developed by Camper money, our feet start itching for some trails.
It’s a good sign that Nnormal isn’t cutting any corners here and going with some of our favorite materials. Clearly, durability is a focus of Nnormal, as the construction and design elements of the Tomir reflect that.
If I’m being real, at first glance, I thought this was a Norda model. The overall look and feel of the shoe remind us of the Norda 001, even down to the topographic details of the upper, which we saw in the Ray Zahab version of the shoe. Speaking of the upper, the TPE-infused material in the Tomir and the focus on durability also reminds us of Dyneema, which is used in all Norda models, as well as the Speedland SL:HSV. However, one of our big hang-ups with Dyneema was the breathability of Dyneema (or lack thereof), so here’s hoping the Tomir manages to keep the feet a little cooler. Norda also uses the same Vibram combination outsole, which is a good thing for both shoes. And one final similarity– it doesn’t help that both brands share the same first syllable in their names.
That said, a comparison to Norda isn’t a bad thing. Their shoes are virtually indestructible, and overall, we’ve only had good experiences with brands that focus on the long end of sustainability by creating quality products.
We also trust that Kilian wouldn’t wear a shitty product on his feet. I mean, Salomon has always made exceptional gear, and he left that long-term relationship to start Nnormal, so we’d assume he’s not settling for anything less than the best.
Our samples don’t come in for a bit yet, but you can be sure we’ll give you our full feedback once we’re able to do so.
Either way, we’re excited to see if Nnormal can make a splash in the trail running scene, because they’re certainly trying to do so with their inaugural line of shoes.
Does this win we’ll be winning UTMB? Probably not, but then again, we’re just a bunch of normie roadies. So I guess the shoe really is meant for us.
You can pre-order the Tomir line on October 5th (sorry, don’t have a price on these yet) by using the shop link below.