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post #16 of 155
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I bought a pair of the KSOs at City Sports this weekend. I walked around in them a little yesterday and I am psyched to go for a run tonight after work.
post #17 of 155
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I bought a pair of the KSOs at City Sports this weekend. I walked around in them a little yesterday and I am psyched to go for a run tonight after work.

Make sure you're impact is more on the front of your foot. If you're used to striking with your heel because of wearing shoes, you might end up striking with your heels with the Vibram's.
post #18 of 155
nt im in NYC im gonna go to city sport and try the KSOs on
everytime I run now i've been wondering how they would feel haha
post #19 of 155
Some of my observations:

1) The shoe size chart they use is completely out of whack.
2) They take a long time to put on and while they actually work better with socks, you need to buy toe socks for them.
3) I did not find them particularly comfortable and will not recommend them to be used for long runs or on cobblestone/ concrete pavements.
4) They are light and take up little space when travelling. Great for a quick run or gym work when on the road.
5) As long as the gym allows, they are excellent for working out with weights, especially deadlifts, bent-over rows etc, as they don't throw you forward.
6) They are not suitable for everyone although with time, everyone could get used to it but the investment of time, effort and money could be wasted on some people.
7) I like my nike frees better as they are more comfortable, quick and easy to put on and don't illicit strange stares compared to 5fingers.
8) When mud, sand, gravel gets into the shoes and they do quite easily, they tend to stay in until you remove the entire footwear to shake them out. This makes them virtually useless for running on sand.
9) Should be tried on physically in store before buying. The sizing is tricky and varies from model to model.
10) For such a simple idea and the lack of technology, they are really overcharging for the shoes, but that may be because of a lack or competition. I know of many other brands who take more effort and money to develop shoes and still manage to charge their products at similar price ranges.
post #20 of 155
Mine actually came in Friday and I put in my first run on them this morning. Did four miles and my legs felt surprisingly better than they have while running in a while - could be from the rest of the weekend. I'm coming from running in Free 3.0s. I went by the sizing on the chart that they have and things fit exactly like they should so.....listen to what they say. Don't think I'll be switching back to regular shoes for working out now that I've tried these.

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1) The shoe size chart they use is completely out of whack. not in my experience
2) They take a long time to put on and while they actually work better with socks, you need to buy toe socks for them. Easy to get on and you shouldn't [have room to] wear socks
3) I did not find them particularly comfortable and will not recommend them to be used for long runs or on cobblestone/ concrete pavements. Personal preference, but I like it
6) They are not suitable for everyone although with time, everyone could get used to it but the investment of time, effort and money could be wasted on some people. Those people who aren't willing to put in the time and effort probably won't buy them in the first place
9) Should be tried on physically in store before buying. The sizing is tricky and varies from model to model. I would agree if you can, but the size chart online worked for me
10) For such a simple idea and the lack of technology, they are really overcharging for the shoes, but that may be because of a lack or competition. I know of many other brands who take more effort and money to develop shoes and still manage to charge their products at similar price ranges. There are a few things wrong with this 1) Nike Frees retail at approx. the same price as VFF and Newtons cost upwards of $200. 2) Vibram soles, when found in other products, typically cost more because they ARE the best sole made 3) Production levels aren't high so costs will be higher.
post #21 of 155
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I have tried running totally barefoot and I definitely preferred it to sneakers. I think this will be the best hybrid between barefoot and some kind of protection.
post #22 of 155
i'm going to try some of these on this week. the only thing i'm concerned about is that i use the nike+ipod to track my runs and i'm not sure how i can attach the chip to these shoes securely.
post #23 of 155
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i'm going to try some of these on this week. the only thing i'm concerned about is that i use the nike+ipod to track my runs and i'm not sure how i can attach the chip to these shoes securely.

I got the Vibram FiveFinger KSO's and the Nike chip fits perfectly on top of my foot beneath the stretchy webbing. I don't even feel the chip.

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post #24 of 155
Has anyone tried the fivefingers for running indoor / outdoor obstacle courses or anything like that?

I sometimes go to a local gym and for a typical class we'll do kettle bells, some running (both outdoor and indoor) with sudden stops and turns, small obstacle courses, etc...

Are these the type of sneakers that one can do that sort of thing or are they really just for running?

I think I'm afraid that they'll slip and slide on my feet if I try to stop quickly.
post #25 of 155
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Has anyone tried the fivefingers for running indoor / outdoor obstacle courses or anything like that?

I sometimes go to a local gym and for a typical class we'll do kettle bells, some running (both outdoor and indoor) with sudden stops and turns, small obstacle courses, etc...

Are these the type of sneakers that one can do that sort of thing or are they really just for running?

I think I'm afraid that they'll slip and slide on my feet if I try to stop quickly.

I would say that they were designed for a variety of activities. According to the website they are for martial arts, yoga, climbing, etc.
post #26 of 155
They're supposed to fit like a second skin over your foot. Of course it won't be perfect, but make sure you get the correct size. I'm having less slip with them than I was in my Frees for the same type of activities.
post #27 of 155
I play ultimate frisbee in them. No injuries thus far.
post #28 of 155
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I play ultimate frisbee in them. No injuries thus far.

Your feet don't slide around inside the shoes?
post #29 of 155
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Some skeptical friend claims these shoes will give me "planters faceitis" or something. Any truth to that?
post #30 of 155
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Your feet don't slide around inside the shoes?

No. I downsized until I had a snug fit. No issue with sliding.

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Some skeptical friend claims these shoes will give me "planters faceitis" or something. Any truth to that?

Perhaps? I don't know enough about it. I would assume it would depend on your body and the way you use them. Only one way to find out. I try to minimize my use of the VFFs on asphalt.
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