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    Question VIBRAM FIVE FINGERS which to buy?

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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
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    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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    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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    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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    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)
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    Quote 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).
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    When you feel it, do you go "Ow", cuz that would be nice to avoid
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    New Balance and Vibram has work together building a nice hiking shoes. I'm thinking about it.
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