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    Hello all!

    So at my local Sun and Ski shop Vibrams are on sale roughly half off.... I have been looking into getting some already (as well as preparing myself by doing a lot more barefoot!)

    However, I am still torn on which pair to get. I have read reviews, as well as arguments for and against Vibrams in general. I wanted some additional opinions.

    My uses:

    Sprinting (most important) This would be done on grass, dirt, pavement, as well rocky/wet paths.
    General daily use

    I was thinking KSO treks or Komodos. The Bikila look to be more for distance but I am sure they would work for my needs also. Any thoughts?

  • #2
    I bought the Seeya LS for pavement sprints, and general use. Not sure how they'd hold up on other terrain. The KSO treks or Spyridons may be a better option for that.

    One tip: try to get something without laces you have to tie. It's a pain to have to stop while sprinting to tie your shoes. That might just be because I, according to my friends, suck at tying shoes, but whatever.

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    • #3
      It all depends on how much ground feel and protection you want. I think the Komodos are a good all-around VFF.

      Of course, it depends on how each model fits you. For me, the Komodos are a little more snug than the Bikila, Trek and Spyridon. YMMV

      If you're doing much in rocky areas, you might want a little more protection like the Spyridon.
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      • #4
        I hate stopping to tie shoes.... lol

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Huarache Gal View Post
          It all depends on how much ground feel and protection you want. I think the Komodos are a good all-around VFF.

          Of course, it depends on how each model fits you. For me, the Komodos are a little more snug than the Bikila, Trek and Spyridon. YMMV

          If you're doing much in rocky areas, you might want a little more protection like the Spyridon.
          It seems the Komodos in theory are the best for me. I want to have a lot of freedom with terrain but the Spyridon are the most expensive...however, I will still try them on.

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          • #6
            I have the Treksport and it's a great all-around model. You can easily sprint in them on most terrains, and they're perfect for hiking. Comes with one velcro strip to secure over your foot.
            "It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist."

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            • #7
              I love my Seeyas but they are very light and very thin, not good for running terrain IMO.

              I also ADORE my KSO Treks (the leather ones). One of my best pair of VFFs IMO. Great for off road. Very durable, thicker more rugged bottoms, but still good and comfy for all surfaces.
              One of the things I dislike most about VFF is that they have discontinued the sale of that really excellent kangaroo leather line here in the US. I feel like I need to go to Europe for shoes!

              My Bikalas are my least favorite pair... I'm a woman and bought the men's shoe(which is built wider according to the company) because I couldn't get my foot into the ladies, and the men's is still too snug to be 100% comfortable. I pretty much only use them for when I'm out with the guys in the 4x4 trucks and I know my feet are going into the sludge at some point.
              If you have a narrower foot you may have a better experience.

              I know that the Spryridon was named one of the top 10 minimalist shoes of the year... but I don't have a pair of those to speak for.

              I do also have a pair of men's Speed LS in the super spiffy green/gold color... of course, laces. But I wear those as kick abouts for the color anyway.

              All of my other pairs are casual wear VFFs. Smartwools, Performas, Performa Janes, Mocs, and such.
              Last edited by cori93437; 08-13-2013, 10:07 AM.
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              • #8
                You can't get the kangaroo leather anymore?! I wanted to try those! Oh well! It seems the KSO Treks or the Komodos may be the best for me from what I read here. I will look also at the Spryidon too, if no other reason but to try it on. However, it may be out of my price range.

                Thank you all for your advice!

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                • #9
                  I have the Spiridons, be aware that I find that on pavement the lack of laces means that they are not as secure and may be more blister-prone. I feel the tread also wears quickly on pavement. Would recommend 100% for hiking/bouldering that sort of application though (to be fair it is a trail-running model).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jhc View Post
                    I have the Spiridons, be aware that I find that on pavement the lack of laces means that they are not as secure and may be more blister-prone. I feel the tread also wears quickly on pavement. Would recommend 100% for hiking/bouldering that sort of application though (to be fair it is a trail-running model).
                    I had wondered about blistering in VFF in general. It seems sweaty toes confined in material would cause all kinds of issues but have not seen much about it other than the scenario you mention above and others very similar to it...

                    I would be doing a mixed terrain (due to where I live). I tend to sprint with my 6 year old. (its a game to him) and occasionally we run on the road in front of our house....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ziok View Post
                      You can't get the kangaroo leather anymore?! I wanted to try those! Oh well! It seems the KSO Treks or the Komodos may be the best for me from what I read here. I will look also at the Spryidon too, if no other reason but to try it on. However, it may be out of my price range.

                      Thank you all for your advice!
                      While i believe the style has been discontinued and is no longer in retail, it is possible that you can find them on the internet in some discount shops.

                      Also, my husband wears the Kimodo LS and likes them. I think the laces on the Kimodo LS he has aren't fully tie, but are a slide adjustment.
                      He also wears the leather Treks and the Speed LS.

                      As long as you get a good fit/sized correctly you should have no issues at all with blisters IMO.
                      The form fitting nature of VFFs and the way that they move with your feet makes it less likely than with conventional shoes.
                      Neither my husband nor myself has ever had a blister incident in the past few years,and I wear VFFs exclusively.
                      “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                      ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                      And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                      • #12
                        So I went and tried some on today. I like both the Komodo as well as the KSO Trek.... However, my dang pinky toe! It tends to hide behind the digit right next to it and WILL NOT go in its place. It honestly didn't hurt or feel uncomfortable but I worry of running with a toe in a odd place. All my other toes went in without too much issue but the pinky toe has always (as long as I can remember) sat curved just under my other toe.

                        What do y'all think?

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                        • #13
                          Due to the fact that your "supportive" shoes from the past have somewhat deformed your feet, the issue with the pinky is a very common problem. You have to force it a bit to go where it's supposed to go but soon your foot will start to reclaim its natural shape and all your toes will effortlessly go into the right slots of the VFF.

                          Just give it a little time, nature will fix it for you
                          "It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist."

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                          • #14
                            I first got he KSOs and more recently got a pair of Spyridons and they are wonderful on rocky trails.

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                            • #15
                              So I managed to force my pinky toe into the right place with a KSO TrekSport, thus ending my search for a good Vibram! Thank you all for your suggestions! I had decided after researching more that I could get the Komodo and wait for my feet to get used to it but at 85.00 (after a 20% discount) I decided to go for the KSO TS for 60.00!

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