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Vibram 5 fingers

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by CTGuy, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Mandrake9072

    Mandrake9072 Senior member

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    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 :slayer:
     
  2. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    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. :) Any other reviews? I have flat feet and a second toe that is slightly longer than my big toe -- will the FFs fit well?
     
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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

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    One of the many great attributes of the VFF's.
     
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    the_drizzle Senior member

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    The two biggest problems for me are:
    1) They can start to smell pretty bad
    2) They suck when it's wet outside
     
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  6. Fueco

    Fueco Senior member

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    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.

     
  7. PhiPsi32

    PhiPsi32 Senior member

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    What kind of socks have you tried with the VFF?
     
  8. Ambulance Chaser

    Ambulance Chaser Senior member

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    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.
     
  9. whiteslashasian

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    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?
     
  10. Ambulance Chaser

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    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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    +1 - :nodding:

    After using these for squat and deads, you will not go back to sneakers. I wear 5 Fingers to the gym two days per week (squat day / deadlift day) and wear normal training shoes for my cardio and the other two days in my lifting cycle (chest day and shoulders/arms day).

    Cheers,
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  12. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Senior member

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    I use a shitload of antibacterial hand soap with a brush and then white vinegar solution bath. Seems to do the trick.

    My buddy swears by using denture cleaner in a large ziploc bag and letting the VFF's soak in them for a while. Scrub, rinse, then throw in the washer for a cycle.

    I use them whenever I'm in the gym now. Squatting, deads, cleans, snatches, etc are so much better in them.

    I ordered some NB Minimus trail zeros but had to exchange to size down (most reviews said to size up and I did, oh well), so they should be in my hands by the end of the week.
     
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  13. JayJay

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    I wear NB Minimus Zeros for all my workouts - squats, deads, snatches, etc. - as well as running. They work really well for me.
     
  14. whiteslashasian

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    I'm LOVING the Trail Zero's. Wore them for an outdoor workout and have been walking around NYC in them to and from the gym. Fantastic fit and feel, far better traction than my VFF Sprints, and are incredibly comfortable.
     
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  15. Ambulance Chaser

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    I exchanged my defective (and now discontinued) KSOs for the TrekSport model, which seems to be the upgraded version of the KSO that sacrifices some minimalism for enhanced comfort and durability. If the same problem occurs, I'm going to have to switch to the laces version of the VFF.
     

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