I have owned various running/hiking/crosstraining shoes, Addidas, Merrel, Salomon, Nike Free, Asics, New Balance and I have a pair of Vibram Bakilas. The Vibrams are cool and I have hiked and sprinted in them. Are they worth the money, eh... I doubt I will ever buy another pair. I stopped running all together so I never transitioned from a normal shoe wearing runner to a "barefoot" runner. I prefer flip flops to anything else .
For hiking/backpacking, I personally like trail runners. It's totally subjective. If you are talking about shoes to wear to the gym to lift, save your cash and buy some chuck tailors! For sprinting, I still prefer my Nike Free's over my Vibrams.
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