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Xero Shoes 360 Vs Prio Vs HFS 2 (2024) | Which Is Best for You?

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If you’ve been considering investing in a pair of barefoot shoes, then you’ve likely looked into Xero Shoes before. Xero Shoes designs a variety of barefoot shoes that span across multiple training demographics.

Three of their most popular shoes for strength training, running, and CrossFit include the Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS (now in their second iteration, the HFS 2).

I’m constantly fielding asks about these three shoes concerning which model is best for particular needs. I think the Xero Shoes Prio, HFS 2, and 360 are all good shoes in their own right.

They all have their respective places in training and daily wear settings where they excel, and selecting the right model for the job is crucial to have the shoes perform to their best abilities for you.

 When comparing the functional fitness-focusd 360 Vs the tried and true Prio vs the hybrid-focused HFS 2, I think it’s most productive to compare their performance, sizing, and durability then cross-reference all of these with your individual needs.

Prio vs. 360 vs. HFS 2 Summary

As I’ve worn and tested the Xero Shoes Prio, 360, and HFS 2 across multiple sessions, I’ve built out a flow for when I’ll reach for, wear, and train in each shoe.

The 360 is going to give you the best bang for your buck if you need a barefoot shoe for CrossFit and cross-training, the HFS 2 will work best for individuals who need a shoe for running and lifting, and the Prio can be a good “do-it-all” style barefoot shoe.

I know it’s not mentioned in this comparison, and despite the Prio having a special place in my heart as one of my first barefoot shoes, I actually like the Prio Neo a little better than it (for anyone who’s deadset on the Prio).

Specs to Know

 HFS 2Prio & 360
 Drop0mm0mm
Weight8.5 oz 8.6 oz / 9.10
InsoleYesYes
WidthMedium/WideMedium/Wide

One thing that I like about all of the constructions of these shoes is that the internal construction is finished if you want to take their insoles out and train without them. This is a perk for anyone like me who enjoys rotating feel for working out and walking.

Testing the Xero Shoes HFS 2 for Deadlifts

Performance Summary

There’s a lot to like in the gym with the HFS 2, Prio, and 360. I find that my community all tend to resonate with certain models depending on the specificity of their training, which makes sense when you consider each shoe’s nuance.

For example, my hybrid friends swear by the HFS 2 and that’s how I like to use mine, while barefoot shoe OGs tend to gravitate towards the Prio and that’s because it’s simple and a no-frills option.

  • 360 vs Prio vs HFS 2 for Lifting: 360 or Prio. The 360 and Prio will give you the most “ground feel” when lifting heavy. The HFS 2 can work, but with its slightly higher stack height, it lacks the same “feel” that the 360 and Prio have.
  • 360 vs Prio vs HFS 2 for CrossFit: 360. The 360 will give you the most optimized upper durability and performance for CrossFit. This shoe’s rubber ribs and reinforced toe box all help this perform well and last longer for WODs.
  • 360 vs Prio vs HFS 2 for Versatility: All of them work. For sessions where you’re doing a little bit of everything all of these shoes can be great, and I’d instead, consider your lifting, CrossFit, and running asks, and then choose based on that.
  • 360 vs Prio vs HFS 2 for Short Runs: HFS 2. The HFS 2 will be your best running-focused option of these three. The upper, sole, and tread all feed well into different running contexts. The 360 can also work for WODs with runs programmed.
  • 360 vs Prio vs HFS 2 for Walking: HFS 2 or Prio. I like the HFS 2 because it’s a little more plush for long walks. The Prio works great, too, especially for beginners who want an easy option that they can beat up.

Overall Winner: If you’re wanting a shoe strictly for training and want the most range possible out its functionality, then I’d suggest opting for the Xero Shoes 360. The HFS 2 is also a fun shoe to explore if you’re a hybrid lifter and athlete.

Performance Expanded

To make this section much more digestible and to highlight which performs best in certain settings, I’ve broken the performance section below into three categories, including lifting, versatile training, and running.

Lifting Performance

One of the perks of barefoot shoes is that, for the most part, they all perform consistently well in lifting settings. The Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS 2 are all awesome for resistance training and barbell lifts like deadlifts.

All of these models feature removable insoles, which are awesome for allowing you to get even closer to the ground in your lifts.

xero shoes for lifting

My two favorite models of the three for lifting include the Xero Shoes Prio and Xero Shoes 360. Both models are consistent performers, and their upper constructions are durable for the resistance training-focused individual.

Additionally, these models all feature wide toe boxes for accommodating toe splay when training heavy. The HFS 2 is good for lifting, but I think it falls a bit short due to its running-focused build and thicker sole.

If I had to pick a winner between the Prio and 360, then I’d have to go with the Prio because of the price point. The Prio costs $30 USD less than the 360 and is a great entry-level barefoot shoe. Note, if you’re into lifting and CrossFit, then read on below.

xero shoes prio lifting performance review

Winner: Xero Shoes Prio due to the price point, and my runner-up pick is the Xero Shoes 360. I rotate between both for my training at the moment. Note, the HFS 2 also works for lifting and I’ll use that model as more hybrid-focused barefoot shoe.

Xero Shoes Prio

$89.99

Xero Shoes Prio
4.7
Stability
4.7
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.7

Best For

  • Heavy Barbell Work
  • Recreational Lifting
  • Casual Runs
  • Barefoot Shoe Newbies
  • Cost Efficiency

Falls Short

  • For Dedicated Barefoot Runners

Versatile Training

For more versatile training and CrossFit-style workouts, there’s a fairly clear winner between these three models. Of these shoes, the Xero Shoes 360 is the strongest performer for CrossFit and CrossFit-style training.

In addition, I also really like this model for more versatile training due to its removable insole being a bit more responsive in nature. It’s nice to have the option to leave it in or take it out.

The Xero Shoes 360 has a reworked upper construction with rubber ribs for additional support and a thicker suede toe cap for friction resistance.

The sole also wraps up on the lateral and medial sides of the base of the toes to promote more traction and durability for multi-directional activity.

xero shoes for crossfit

Across the board, if you’re training with a versatile focus, then I’d suggest going with the Xero Shoes 360. The other models will work for this style of training. However, they’re not optimized for it. The Prio can feel a bit chunky at times, and the HFS 2’s lighter upper will not last as long as the 360’s reworked upper.

Winner: Xero Shoes 360.

Xero Shoes 360

$119.99

Xero Shoes 360
4.2
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.4
Durability
3.9
Quality
4.0

Best For

  • Heavy Lifting
  • Functional Fitness Workouts
  • Short Runs and Sprints
  • Daily Wear

Falls Short

  • For Long-Term Durability

Running

If you’re running a lot on a weekly basis, then there’s a clear winner between these three models, and that’s the Xero Shoes HFS 2. This model has a lightweight upper construction that breathes well and a sole patterning to promote overall traction when running on different surfaces.

Unlike the original HFS, the HFS 2 features a slightly thicker midsole which gives this shoe a little more cushion for running. I like this feature because it makes this shoe a little easier to run with on harder surfaces and it gives this shoe a more “beginner-friendly” fee.

Granted, not everyone loves this construction change in this model and if you want as much ground feel as possible then you’ll want to reach for the original HFS or opt for something like a Geo Racer Knit from Vivo.

Assessing the Xero Shoes HFS 2 Width

Outside of the HFS 2, I also like the Xero Shoes 360 for more casual, shorter runs. Basically, runs that you would see in CrossFit-style workouts.

This model also breathes really well and has a slightly more responsive insole. The Prio is a bit chunky for me when it comes to running, especially when compared to the other two models.

Winner: Xero Shoes HFS 2. The 360 also works for shorter and mid-range runs.

Xero Shoes HFS 2

Xero Shoes HFS 2 Product Image
4.5
Stability
4.5
Versatility
4.6
Durability
4.5
Quality
4.6

Best For

  • Running (All Distances)
  • Hybrid Workouts
  • Strength Training
  • Walking

Falls Short

  • For Exceptionally Wide Feet
  • For True Minimalist Lovers

Construction Breakdown

Similar to our performance section, I’m going to break this construction section into multiple parts to properly discuss and dissect each model.

Sole

All three of these models have different sole constructions, and they all come covered with Xero Shoes 5,000 mile sole warranty. Each model features a full rubber sole, and the traction patterns are optimized to assist the types of activities these models are designed to tackle.

Xero Shoes 360 Sole

The Xero Shoes 360 model has a multi-directional arrow tread on the forefoot and heel with an additional circle tread at the base of the big toe.

The Xero Shoes Prio also features an arrow construction through the forefoot, mid-foot, and heel, and this model has forefoot grooves for additional forefoot maneuverability.

Xero Shoes Prio Outsole

The Xero Shoes HFS 2 has an arrow-like tread pattern as well, however, the tread on this model is much more aggressive and that’s designed for assistance with propulsion when running.

One new feature in the HFS 2 is that it’s built an internal BareFoam midsole which adds a little more cushion to this shoe. I don’t mind this new feature and I think it gives runners a another barefoot shoe option with a little more plushness.

Xero Shoes HFS 2 construction breakdown

Upper Construction

The Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS 2 all have upper constructions that feature a blend of materials. The Prio and 360 each have a reinforced toe with thicker leather and suede-like materials, while the HFS 2 has a reinforced toe with a lightweight synthetic material.

Xero Shoes 360 Durability

The Xero Shoes 360 features a breathable mesh throughout the forefoot and mid-foot, with the forefoot rocking additional rubber tread for abrasion resistance.

The Prio’s upper is fairly consistent throughout, with a thicker mesh and leather-like material. Of the three shoes, the Prio has the thickest upper construction by far.

The Xero Shoes HFS has a blend of synthetic materials and breathable mesh to help keep it light and airy for running-focused athletes. All of these models feature a huarache-inspired design and skeleton in their uppers as well.

Laces and Tongue

All of these models feature five main eyelets, with a sixth for lace-lock. Each shoe features traditional eyelets and eyelets used with the huarache design. This is a feature intended to provide a more secure snug fit throughout the mid-foot for each model.

Xero Shoes 360 Removable Insole

The tongues on these models are also slightly thicker in nature so there’s never really an opportunity to have them rip when pulling the shoes on.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of this because the lighter tongue on something like the Primus Lite III is something to keep an eye on when putting these shoes on.

Insoles

The Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS 2 all feature removable insoles. The insoles used have a thin level of responsiveness and do a fairly good job at providing an additional layer of comfort for anyone experimenting with and acclimating to barefoot shoes.

Another nice perk of these models and their insoles is that the internal construction of the shoe is also finished. So, if you like to remove the insole and wear your shoes or train, you don’t have to worry about that awkward thread-like material that some shoes have when removing their insoles.

Durability Showdown

Across the board, I think the Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS 2 each have their own perks for durability. In each of these models, their durability is optimized to support the style of activities they’re designed to tackle.

For CrossFit-style training, the Xero Shoes 360 does a solid job at resisting abrasion and you can tell Xero Shoes spent time configuring this model’s upper. I have yet to experience any breakdown issues with my model for this type of training.

Testing the Xero Shoes HFS 2 for Squats

The Xero Shoes Prio’s durability has stood up well to my daily wear and resistance training workouts. This model is pretty standard with its construction and shouldn’t break down on you if you’re limiting how much friction the upper is experiencing.

For the Xero Shoes HFS 2, its construction does a good job at lasting a while when it’s used for lifting and running. One thing to note, if you’re running outside, I’d suggest avoiding puddles to ensure the upper last longer.

Sizing Comparison

If you’re interested in the sizing for the Xero Shoes 360, Xero Shoes Prio, and Xero Shoes HFS 2, then check out my thoughts and recommendations below. I also talk about the sizing in each of these models more in-depth in their individual reviews.

  • Xero Shoes 360: True-to-size
  • Xero Shoes Prio: True-to-size
  • Xero Shoes HFS 2: Go up a .5 size

Xero Shoes HFS Sizing

Final Verdict

The Xero Shoes 360, Prio, and HFS 2 each have their lists of pros and cons. If you can dial in how you plan to train in your model, then you can better select the shoe that fits your needs best.

For CrossFit-focused athletes and those who love to train with more versatile training, go with the Xero Shoes 360. For my barefoot shoe newbies and recreational lifters, go Xero Shoes Prio. Runners who love to lift go with the Xero Shoes HFS 2.

If you have any questions about these three models, drop a comment below or reach out to me via Instagram (@jake_boly)!

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly, CSCS, MS Sports Science

Jake Boly is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of That Fit Friend. He's often regarded to as a go-to resource in various performance shoe communities. He’s been formally reviewing shoes and training gear for over 7 years and has hand-tested over 400 pairs of shoes. Jake is known on the internet and YouTube for blending his review process with his educational, strength sports, and personal training background.

Jake has a Masters in Sports Science, a Bachelors in Exercise Science, a CSCS, and he's been personal training for over 10 years helping hundreds of clients get stronger, lose weight, and accomplish their goals. He uses his exercise science brain and personal training background to make curated and thoughtful review content on the fitness gear he's testing.

12 thoughts on “Xero Shoes 360 Vs Prio Vs HFS 2 (2024) | Which Is Best for You?”

  1. This is super helpful! I’m new to the world of barefoot shoes. I just got my first pair of Xero Kelsos and love them!

    I’m training for a half marathon right now. I’m not new to running, but would be new to BAREFOOT running. Would you still go HFS, or start with Prio?

    1. Hey! Stoked this context was helpful for you and thank you for sharing.

      Great question, I would still go HFS, tbh. Think the difference regarding cushion between the two shoes would be pretty negligible based on your goals. That being said, I would def start by building running volume in the grass to build tolerances/comfort. Or even add an additional insole in to give you a little more cushion as you start to build up to running! Hope this helps!

  2. Wow, THANK YOU!
    As I look to switch all my shoes to barefoot style (I LOVE my xero Kelso, I literally cannot wear any other shoe anymore), gym shoes were next on my list (waiting for some Feelgrounds to come back in stock), but I really didn’t know which Xero to choose, and even though I prefer the aesthetics of the HFS, it’s great to know that the less expensive Prio will better suit my needs

  3. I have two pairs of Prios. One is size 10 and the other is size 10.5. I find they run a little big. The 10 fits like a 10.5 in most shoes I’ve gotten for running. The Speed Force I bought in size 11 and has the same amount of room as the Prios size 10. Hopefully, this helps anyone that is interested in trying out the Speed Force if they have Prios or vice versa. I also have the Mesa Trails in size 11 and they fit like Prios size 10 and Speed Force size 11. Xero shoes are great. I even got the Z Trail size 9. Definitely want to size down in the sandals so your toes are close to the end. Awesome running sandal for road and trail. All the shows mentioned feel good without socks. I bought some Vivrobarefoot Primus Lite III and oh man they are uncomfortable and really unbearable without socks. I’m selling them on eBay since I ran a couple 10-milers in them and they just aren’t for me.

    1. Love this sizing breakdown, thank you for taking the time to share. It’s interesting you don’t find the Vivo model comfortable. I’ve found most folks either LOVE their fit or absolutely hate the their fit/feel. I’m wondering if there’s a correlation that is similar in relation to Xero Shoes, too!

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