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post #136 of 155
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Originally Posted by the_drizzle View Post


Mine are in pretty good shape after running and lifting in them for two years.

The outsole has held up very well and I expect another two years at the minimum.

They are supposed to last significantly longer than regular running shoes since there is no midsole.

Interesting. Anybody else have similar results?
post #137 of 155
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Edited by Radagast - 10/23/11 at 9:50am
post #138 of 155
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Originally Posted by Radagast View Post

I've put about half a year into mine. Lifting mainly. A very small tear at the seam on one of the toes, otherwise no visible issues. The most common complaint I read about them is after awhile they start to reek. I throw mine through the washing machine pretty regularly, so far no smell issue.

I've heard similar complaints, but this problem is easily solved by throwing them in the wash occasionally.

Mine haven't had an odor issue at all in two years, but I have run in the ran/snow a few times.

It shouldn't be an issue unless you are wearing them all day everyday. Just let them air out after each workout.
post #139 of 155
I've got a pair of Bikilas and I have found them extremely nice. I used to wear Nike 5.0's but I switched to the Vibrams on an impulse buy. I hate running usually but for some reason I run like crazy with the five-fingers on. I made the mistake of running way too many miles in them the first few days (you're only supposed to run like 10%? of your normal amount) and paid the price. Other than that I feel like it's really helped me out in the "cardio" department. Besides the funny looks and constant Q's in the gym, you can really grip the ground for Deads and Squats which is also a nice plus.

My 2 cents/Review.

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Also for odor I haven't had much of a problem, just air them out in a window after every use and you're solid.
post #140 of 155
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Originally Posted by ryanlvv View Post

I've got a pair of Bikilas and I have found them extremely nice. I used to wear Nike 5.0's but I switched to the Vibrams on an impulse buy. I hate running usually but for some reason I run like crazy with the five-fingers on. I made the mistake of running way too many miles in them the first few days (you're only supposed to run like 10%? of your normal amount) and paid the price. Other than that I feel like it's really helped me out in the "cardio" department. Besides the funny looks and constant Q's in the gym, you can really grip the ground for Deads and Squats which is also a nice plus.
My 2 cents/Review.
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Also for odor I haven't had much of a problem, just air them out in a window after every use and you're solid.

I love them for squats and dead lifts.
post #141 of 155
Been looking into Vibrams for a while now and finally plunged and decided to buy a pair of KSOs.

Can't wait to try em out for real tomorrow icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #142 of 155
Bump. I am thinking of using my REI 20% discount and member dividend on a pair of FiveFingers. I don't run (my sport of choice is rock climbing), but may start if these are good. smile.gif Any other reviews? I have flat feet and a second toe that is slightly longer than my big toe -- will the FFs fit well?
post #143 of 155
I'm considering them or something similar mainly because they''ll be easier to pack for travel.
post #144 of 155
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post

I'm considering them or something similar mainly because they''ll be easier to pack for travel.

One of the many great attributes of the VFF's.
post #145 of 155
The two biggest problems for me are:
1) They can start to smell pretty bad
2) They suck when it's wet outside
post #146 of 155

  I'm not at all sure about the flat foot thing, but depending on how much you climb (and where), you'll be right at home in the FiveFingers...

 

 I've cruised around bouldering areas in climbing shoes for ages. If you can handle walking around in climbing shoes, FFs will be second nature.

 

 I personally don't use them for running, but only because of the sweat issue: because of the shape of my feet, I can't wear them with socks. My feet sweat a lot, so they need socks when I run. I've been using Merrell Trail Gloves with success. But I still like a little more padding when I run.
 

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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

Bump. I am thinking of using my REI 20% discount and member dividend on a pair of FiveFingers. I don't run (my sport of choice is rock climbing), but may start if these are good. smile.gif Any other reviews? I have flat feet and a second toe that is slightly longer than my big toe -- will the FFs fit well?


 

post #147 of 155

What kind of socks have you tried with the VFF?

post #148 of 155
Shoes are great, durability is shit. I have had the shoes for a few months and worn them very frequently. On the right shoe, the connection between the strap that runs behind the shoe and the D-ring of the velcro strap has frayed and is almost gone. Time to test REI's return/exchange policy.
post #149 of 155
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser View Post

Shoes are great, durability is shit. I have had the shoes for a few months and worn them very frequently. On the right shoe, the connection between the strap that runs behind the shoe and the D-ring of the velcro strap has frayed and is almost gone. Time to test REI's return/exchange policy.

That's disconcerting. I've worn the crap out of mine, at least 4 days a week for lifting and jogging for the last 18 months and have zero durability issues. Perhaps the quality has gone down on the more recent batches?
post #150 of 155
They also reek. As bad as my Evolv Defy rock climbing shoes, which up to now was the gold standard for malodorious footwear. With all these faults, I still love them and will get a replacement rather than a refund.
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