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  • #16
    Originally posted by Wander View Post
    I have run in every type of VFF up to the Komodo... My favorite and only pair that I will buy at this point is the Bikila LS (I prefer the LS version to the strapped one - I've had both). The strapped version used to rub a little which was why I tried the LS.
    The strap would be nothing more than a walk around and a little play. I just want a pair that aren't specifically for exercise related activities so I don't have to worry about them smelling up all the time. And they are just so darn comfy.

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    • #17
      What pair of vibrams is a good all-around pair that will also not offer too much cushion, especially lifting at the gym?
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      • #18
        @ Sakura Girl, the Bikilas have been the Goldilocks shoe for me. Just enough cushion (and the EVA arch) I can trail run on rocks, roots, etc. Not enough cushion to interfere with lifting or to lose ground feel. Otherwise the KSO's would be my next favorite.
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        • #19
          Komodos for the gym is my vote. They suck for running over textured surfaces (gravel, trail, etc), but they're great for smooth surfaces and any other activity.
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          • #20
            Oh, btw, does anyone have any suggestions for minor sole repair? My Komodos are ready for retirement, me thinks, but I want to wear them for my half marathon in 2 weeks. They have developed a minor hole in the sole on the ball of the foot, about the size of my pinky fingernail. Will duct tape keep them together for 2 more weeks?
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            • #21
              So Bikilas are great for running on uneven surfaces? Could you say that about any of the other models? Would you be able to lift in Bikilas?
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              • #22
                My experience with VFFs has been limited to KSOs, Bikilas and Komodos; in addition to Merrells, NB, NB Zeros, etc. I found the Komodos to be somewhat overly stiff and lacking in feel, your mileage may vary of course. The treks were going to be my next pair but I got another set of Bikilas instead =).

                The KSOs are awesome, but for trail running specifically they where painful; either catching a sharp rock on the arch or heel. The Bikilas have been perfect in the sense the they offer a little arch protection (not support, just a thin EVA pad) and just the tiniest bit of cushion throughout the foot. So you feel the impact bit its more protected form the pain.

                My Bikilas are my primary lifting shoe, although the KSOs might be a slightly better choice for lifting specifically, due to less heel cushion. But I have no issues given the relatively small amount of heel cushion form the Bikilas.
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                Small Kine-168/9%
                Now- 200/8%
                Goal- 210/6%

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                • #23
                  Thanks Wanderlust, that helps a lot. I think I'll get a pair of Bikilas then, since I want to be able to run on gravel as well.
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                  • #24
                    No problem, just remember your mileage may vary.
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                    Small Kine-168/9%
                    Now- 200/8%
                    Goal- 210/6%

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