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    I'm COMPLETELY new to this whole barefoot running and hiking (kind odd considering I gre up in mississippi haha jk) I recently started running again been running off an on for the past 2 years since I've been out of the marine corp...I was thinking about getting into barefoot running...I've been looking at the vibram five fingers...any suggestions on which style vibrams to buy? The KSO and the classic seem to be the top ones according to the reviews I've read....I need something for running AND hiking....or is it best to buy a different pair for each sport?

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    I wanna know too! I want some to run around in this summer. Best advice I have is go to your closest running store and get properly fitted, but that's my answer to everything foot-protection related
    --Trish (Bork)
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    • #3
      I just tried some on yesterday. When I can sacrifice the cash I am going with the Bikila as it seems to be better suited for outdoors running - thicker sole, more protection from random pebbles and glass. I think the KSO is more for indoors activities. I really want them. It was fun trying them on as the clerks at Paragon were educating each other about how to fit them, etc.

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      • #4
        The choices:

        Vibram FiveFingers : Menís Barefoot Athletic Toe Shoes : Menís Running Shoes

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        • #5
          I love my bikilas... but i would caution anyone who thinks the "soles are thicker." if anything... the soles are thinner and more responsive. they are great for grass and rubberized tracks... but even after wearing them for months, i am not comfortable on rocky surfaces. I have only used them on your standard, relatively flat and clear hiking trail. They are incredibly comfortable (even if they do run small against other vibrams).

          I believe there is a new version of the KAS for trail running. I think there is a plate or something similar in the arch that protects your foot a bit more from uneven terrain. I know it sounds sissified... but until i can run around barefoot in the woods all day, stepping on sharp rocks and sticks still hurts.

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          • #6
            I have sprints for for even surfaces since you can feel everything and treks for the rough stuff. The thicker tread is great for rock and such.
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            • #7
              I would like to find some that will protect well against small rocks and glass. I have been barefoot walking around my neighborhood (probably not the best idea, lol)
              --Trish (Bork)
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                I would like to find some that will protect well against small rocks and glass. I have been barefoot walking around my neighborhood (probably not the best idea, lol)
                Define "protect." I've never had a pair of VFF that enabled rocks/glass to pierce the sole. Can it be felt? Sure. But it won't go through anything unless you really try (or get a perfectly-placed piece of glass).
                Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

                For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
                -- Blaise Pascal

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                • #9
                  When you feel it, do you go "Ow", cuz that would be nice to avoid
                  --Trish (Bork)
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                  • #10
                    New Balance and Vibram has work together building a nice hiking shoes. I'm thinking about it.
                    MT10 : New Balance

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                    • #11
                      Buy whichever kind is avaliable. In the Washington area they are sold out everywhere and I had to special order them through REI. I bought the sprint version and I'm happy with them. If you do buy a pair, make sure and buy a membership to REI first, that way you can return them for a full refund if they break or you're not satisfied. REI membership is $20 for lifetime so it's worth it.

                      If you do any hiking remember that these are minamilist running solutions. If you are on a rockey trail, those rocks will hurt the hell outta your feet. I learned this lesson the hard way when I did a hike down at the Columbia River Gorge. The trail was dirt and sharp rocks and it sucked getting jabbed all the time.

                      I love my VFFs and wear them whenever the weather is nice.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                        When you feel it, do you go "Ow", cuz that would be nice to avoid
                        Depends on your pain threshold. I don't think any VFF will afford anti-"ow" protection if you step on a rock the right way (i.e., with enough pressure on a given part of the foot). Even their thicker-soled shoes -- for my case, the Komodo Sport -- will allow such feedback.
                        Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

                        For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
                        -- Blaise Pascal

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                        • #13
                          I have the Komodo Sports as well, and I agree with Velocity, step on an edge or something sharp the wrong way, and you're going to feel it. That being said I am loving the Komodo Sports but truthfully I picked them for the super smooth interior. Of all the styles I tried they seemed the least likely to pinch, or create friction, which I prioritized higher than genuine ground feel. If that's important to you then I would definitely try to find a place to try them on for sizing as well as the fit of the particular model you have in mind.

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                          • #14
                            I have an old pair KSO's, Flows that I wear in the rain (I live in Oregon) and a pair of Komodo Sports that I got last month.

                            I will tell you that IMHO the Komodos are superior in every way to the others for versitility and comfort. The Komodo sole is good for running on trails and even gravel. In my others, I was always hopping around debris...not a bad plyo workout, but painful if mis-step.

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                            • #15
                              Stallion speaks the truth.
                              I have 1 pair of original KSOs and 2 pairs of KSO Trek. I do not wear any other shoes. They are awesome.
                              Vibram keeps improving and the Komodo Sports are rock solid and "Superior in every way to the others". They are my next purchase of Vibrams. I also want the KSO Trek Sport and the new cold weather boots coming out this fall.
                              As for pain protection they dont offer much. I ve torn off half my toe nail when running and hit a tree root and if you hit a rock in the right way its the same as being barefoot pretty much. What you do learn is to be more aware of your surroundings and in touch with the earth below you.

                              I was a shoe addict and had over 30 pairs of sneakers which just collect dust now. Thats how much I love my five fingers.
                              My name is Matt and I am a Beef Jerky Wizard.
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