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    I want to get some for outdoor trail hiking and running and general scouting around. Any thoughts on the best for this use? I have some Nike shoes made for agility training but wondered if the Vib 5's or others would be better but rugged enough to handle trails etc.

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    Merrell Trail Glove has been getting rave reviews. It has a Vibram sole.

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    • #3
      I'm a huge fan of the New Balance Minimus Trail, since everything Merrell makes is just a little too narrow for me. It, too, has a Vibram sole.

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      • #4
        Awesome website:

        Minimalist Footwear | ADVENTUREinPROGRESS

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        • #5
          I think Five Finger Trek's would suit your purpose fine. I have good traction with them to do sprints on grass (haven't attempted agility work)

          I've had my Merrel True Glove's for a week now, and I love them, think they'd be awesome on the trails.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
            I'm a huge fan of the New Balance Minimus Trail...
            +1

            I got a pair of these last month -- they're phenomenal trail shoes. Great on roads too! I have VFF KSO's as well, but for a more rugged trail I'd wear the NB Minimus Trail.

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            • #7
              I usually go on and off trails completely barefoot. But I also have five fingers and new balance minimus to give my feet a break. If your running through grass I would say minimus because you won't get grass stuck between your toes. Otherwise I like the vibrams better.

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              • #8
                I hiked up a 6 km long, steep, semi-scramble trail in the Western Himalayas in my VFF Treks. I've also worn them to climb Mayan pyramids. I love them as hiking shoes, plus they are so nicely packable for travel.
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                • #9
                  Merrell Trail gloves are the way to go. I don't understand the comments about NB having a wider toe pocket. That is not true. I am flat footed and have wide feet, and the toe pocket on the trail gloves is still larger than my foot. They are truly minimal. NB's have a 4mm heel to toe drop. I have ran in the FF KSO's for 9 months now, and trail gloves for the past month. I prefer the trail glove. It gives more protection against rough terrain than the FF's, but still gives you the minimalist feel and the minimalist runners sore calves.

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                  • #10
                    I have the Merrells and like them a lot. I have a black pair of the women's Pace Gloves and wear them to work. They look enough like regular shoes that no one has questioned them.

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                    • #11
                      Eyo thread over: Feiyue shop | Collection Lo

                      just check Amazon for them, don't pay the ridiculous prices posted on that site. I got two pairs off Amazon, black and white, for under $50 combined.
                      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                        Eyo thread over: Feiyue shop | Collection Lo

                        just check Amazon for them, don't pay the ridiculous prices posted on that site. I got two pairs off Amazon, black and white, for under $50 combined.
                        A review from the site posted above: First Impressions: Feiyue Wushu Shoes | ADVENTUREinPROGRESS
                        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                          The Shaolin monks really do wear these shoes. I had a pair from when I was doing tai chi, but I have a really small foot wide at the toes and very narrow at the heal and I didn't like they way they fit, and I ended up buying the tai chi leather shoes at $30 (still cheaper than designated barefoot shoes). The Feiyue's are on sale for $13.95 at http://www.kungfudirect.com/products.asp?cat=69

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                          • #14
                            I'm a fan of invisible shoes brand huaraches. I use them for walking, running and yes, even hiking.
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                            • #15
                              You guys are awesome. I am going to try all of these. I might just need 3 new pair!

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