SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

SeeYa, Speed FiveFingers Back in Black!

Did you know that Vibram has snuck out two new colorways of the men's SeeYa and Speed FiveFingers? If you didn't, read up!

The Speeds are now available in a flat black (see above) and the SeeYas in a black/grey mash-up (also above), which is infinitely less eye-catching than the day-glow SeeYa colorway that came out last year.

In a "but wait there's more" moment, one retailer has both the SeeYas and the Speeds on sale at 20% off through 3/31/2012—and the sale includes these new colorways.

You can find both FiveFingers models at these links:

One catch: free shipping threshold is over $99.

If you'll recall, the black KSO FiveFingers were quite possibly the most popular colorway of all time (see here if you don't believe me!), so I'm sure these new color combinations are likely to please.

What do you think?

P.S. If you're looking for some minimalist-if-lightly-modified "troop" boots (and other sytlish shoes by OTZ), there's a huge sale/deal on them, too. Details here.

Stretch your toes in Moc Vibram Five Fingers! Trevor talks about his growing collection of VFFs.

Trevor demonstrates the flexibility he gets in his Moc Vibram Five Fingers by putting his fingers between the toes!  This photo provides a nice look at the underside of the kangaroo leather Moc VFF, too!
Trevor demonstrates the flexibility he gets in his Moc Vibram Five Fingers by putting his fingers between the toes! This photo provides a nice look at the underside of the kangaroo leather Moc VFF, too!

Trevor (a.k.a. "CamoFlows" on the forums) sent in the above photos of his black Vibram Five Fingers Mocs — you gotta love the quintessential toe-stretch photo! The Mocs are just one of his growing collection — Trevor has Flows, KSO Treks, and Classic Vibram Five Fingers, too. Here's what he has to say about his collection and what he's doing (or will be doing) in them:

I originally found the FiveFingers back in 2007, in a Rock Climbing magazine. I was intrigued but I completely forgot about them until something made me think of them back in November this last year.

I first bought some grey/camo Flows because I couldn't find any KSO's, but I still had to have some sort of Vibram footwear.

I bought the next pair (Black KSO Treks) just before Christmas. Those things are awesome.

For Christmas, I bought myself some brown/tan Classics. And just a few weeks ago I bought the Mocs as my local dealer finally got the kangaroo clad pieces in stock.

Since I live in Northern Utah, and I have only had all these through this winter, I haven't had much opportunity to do a lot of barefoot outdoor activities. Even in the cold and snowy climate, I wear these everyday. I picked up SlackLining and have been looking forward to walking the line in VFF's.

Even though the Flows are probably the warmest of my bunch, I wear the Classics out and about more than any other. The Treks are a close second though. I wear the Flows when I'm going to be in a situation where I might have to walk through the snow or when I'm going to be outside in the cold for extended periods of time. The Mocs were intentionally purchased as basically that, a moccasin. When I'm going to be lounging around home, I'm wearing the Mocs. In fact, even when I have something to go do outside, I was usually in my Mocs before and just have to change into one of my other pairs.

I'm not lucky enough to wear any of them at work, unfortunately, as I'm a machinist — I have to force myself to wear "real" shoes. Haha. When the weather warms up, I'll be able to do more in them. I have been running in my Classics every morning on my treadmill, but haven't worked into just going barefoot. I'm not ready enough to do that outside, so the Classics and Flows will be put more to use until then.

Thanks,
Trevor

Sounds like you've got your work cut out for your VFFs, Trevor! I'm like you: I find I wear my Classics the most, though they have been getting a bit of the shaft lately with the cold.

I also see from your photos that you've cut your jeans at the bottom. I've done that with a few of my more casual pairs, too; I find that they lay down much better over my VFFs that way.

As for being ready to go barefoot running, you might surprise yourself. Regardless, here's to warmer times and more outside activities in your Five Fingers!

Vibram Five Fingers KSO [Keep Stuff Out] — the Definitive Guide

From left to right, black/orange KSO Vibram Five Fingers, blue camo KSOs, grey/palm KSOs
Above, a photo of three male color combinations of the Vibram Five Fingers KSOs (VFF KSO).

The KSO at a glance —

The Vibram Five Fingers KSO (thumbnail)

  • "KSO" stands for "Keep Stuff Out" due to it having a mesh covering over the top of the foot.
  • The KSO retails for $85 for both Men and Women.
  • Best-selling model for men — particularly all-black KSOs.
  • Used mostly for running and hiking, but is the "do anything and everything" Vibram model.

About the Vibram Five Fingers KSO

Straight from Vibram: the Five Fingers KSO features "A non-marking 3.5mm Vibram TC1 performance rubber sole is razor-siped for a sure grip, and a 2mm EVA midsole enhances plating protection and comfort."

The "razor-siped" rubber sole on the KSO is the standard, original VFF sole (same as with the Classic, Flow, and Sprint models). Razor siping is just little jagged cuts that expand when the Vibram rubber sole is bent or flexed. This can increase surface grip on many surfaces. That said, the standard VFF sole can be slippery in muddy conditions due to the lack of cleating (See the KSO Trek if you want a cleated sole)

The KSO's upper covers the foot up to the ankle preventing debris from getting inside the shoe. Of the standard soled Vibram models (Classic, KSO, Sprint, and Flow), only the Flow and KSO cover the top of the foot.

The KSO's 2mm of midsole is a distinguishing factor as compared to the Sprint and Classic, which have no midsole, and will reduce, if only slightly, the barefoot feel as compared to these models.

Finally, the Vibram Five Fingers KSO is secured to the foot by a single hook-and-loop system with a nylon strap that goes around the heel and is tightened via a velcro strapping mechanism on the top, instep of the foot. With only one velcro point, the KSO's attachment method is simpler than both the the Sprint's three-point and the Flow's two-point velcro attachment system. The primary drawback of this method is that it can cause wear in the nylon strap where it folds on either side of the foot.

Pros:

  • Covered, strapped design makes the KSO perform well in high-intensity applications, including watersports, while keeping out debris.
  • The KSO looks more like a "shoe" as compared to Sprints or Classics.
  • Can function as the only Vibrams you own, doing just about anything you can throw at them.

Cons:

  • Covered top makes putting them on more difficult; the difficulty is usually reduced with practice.
  • Covered top can reduce breath-ability, making your foot warmer than with the airier Sprints or open-topped Classics.
  • 2mm of additional EVA as compared to Sprint or Classic models will reduce ground feedback.

Performance:

Vibram Five Fingers KSOs can be used in virtually any application imaginable. They have been used for wear in moving water, for trail running as well as running on concrete or asphalt, for many fitness activities including weight lifting/training, climbing, hiking, biking, walking, etc. Others use them casually or for travelling. The VFF KSO is the jack-of-all trades Vibram Five Fingers model as depicted in story and photos in the many, many user stories and experiences running, hiking, traveling, below.

KSO Colors:

Men's KSOs are available in the following color combinations:

All black KSO Five Fingers for men Grey Green FiveFingers KSO for both men and women Blue Grey and Camouflage KSO Five Fingers for men Black Orange and Grey KSO Five Fingers for men Black Grey and Camouflage KSO Five Fingers for Men

Women's KSOs are available in the following color combinations:

All black KSO Five Fingers for women Grey Green FiveFingers KSO for women Blue Grey and Camouflage KSO Five Fingers for women Grey Agate and Camouflage KSO Five Fingers for women Grey and Pink KSO Five Fingers for women

Detailed KSO Vibram Five Fingers photos:

A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men A photo of the black,grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for men A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women A photo of the agate, grey, camouflage soled Vibram Five Fingers KSO for women

Sizing:

Check out the definitive guide to sizing Vibram Five Fingers. Having perused that document and figured out your size, there are certain noteworthy considerations for the Vibram Five Fingers KSO:

  • Your size in KSOs may not correspond to your size in other VFF models, particularly Sprints and Classics. If you know your Sprint/Classic size, KSOs should size one down, though this is only a rule of thumb and your mileage may vary.
  • Generally, you should not need to size up to wear five-toed socks with the KSO.
  • If you have a high instep, you should give special consideration to trying on a pair of KSOs in person to insure proper fit. Some color combinations have been found to run tightter than others — specifically, the all black KSOs seem to be more snug on top of the foot. The same concern would apply if you have larger ankles.

Cleaning and care:

Machine-washable but air dry. Advanced stench may require white vinegar soaks or oxyclean treatment!

Modifications and other considerations:

Select reviews:

For more KSO reviews, check the comprehensive Five Fingers reviews list here.

Pro-tip — Get the KSO if you don't mind the added time to put them on and want the most versatile, can-do-anything Vibram Five Fingers model.

Where to buy

If you're shopping for Classic Five Fingers online, check out the major online retailers over at the BirthdayShoes Vibram virtual Store! Otherwise, find a local retailer via Vibram's store locater.

 

Vibram Five Fingers KSO User Experiences and Photos

Below are listed Vibram Five Fingers KSO user stories and reviews. Each link leads to a separate post written by a KSO user about their experiences with the KSO model. Stories cover many of the things VFFers are doing in their Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. Click around and see what you could be doing in the full-coverage barefoot alternative KSO!

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The Pose Method of Running - An Introduction

Photo Nicholas Romanov founder of the Pose Method of Running.
Photo Nicholas Romanov founder of the Pose Method of Running.

Guest post by Ben of Barefoot Benny Personal Fitness

At the beginning of 2009, I started looking around for a more efficient and healthy way to move, which first led me to barefoot types of shoes, like Vivo Barefoot and Vibram FiveFingers. During my internet searches, I stumbled upon a link to PoseTech.com, which promised a way to reduce running injuries through an extremely efficient technique. Dr. Nicholas Romanov, creator of the Pose method, asked why people were taught how to play basketball and football, throw shotput, and play other sports, but were never taught how to run. He believes there is a proper technique that can be used to run.

The existing technique of landing on the heel and then pushing off into a wide stride is just as inefficient as a new runner going out there and doing what feels natural. Over 50 percent of runners get injured every year, and a third of those are knee joint injuries. Even with the "advances" in the shoe industry, the injury rates have remained consistent over the past 25 years. Obviously, "just running" is not working for many people.

The Pose method looks at running as a technical skill of movement, and believes it should be taught like one with its own theory, rules, practice exercises, and more. Aerobic conditioning can only take you so far: an efficient movement is necessary to achieve maximal speed and distance. Pose breaks running down into three simple parts: the running pose, the fall, and the pull. Pose --> Fall --> Pull. Even simpler, all you have to do to run is to change support from one leg to the other by pulling the support foot from the ground. It sounds quite simple, but it takes a lot of practice to retrain your muscle memory to learn the movement, and to unlearn old habits.

The four forces acting up on the body in movement are gravity, muscle elasticity, ground reaction, and muscle contractions. These forces drive the body forward when they are unbalanced. The runner must create a constant state of unbalance to allow the gravity force to drive the body forward. Running comes down to the level of skill of the runner to interact with gravity throughout the gait cycle, and use the gravity to move forward. To break balance and fall forward, the weight of the body must be on the ball of the foot (BOF) exactly like in barefoot running. Landing on the toes or the heel is not as efficient as a BOF landing, and this may be one of the biggest adjustments for runners practicing the Pose method.

While it may be difficult to master, running in the Pose technique is quite simple. Your main goal, besides Pose-->Fall-->Pull, is to get your own body out of its way, and let gravity do all the work. Here are a list of errors that occur from either trying too hard or from incorrect form. And remember, pain is the body's reminder that you're doing something wrong, so don't ignore what your feet and joints are telling you.

Running Errors

  • Landing with the heel first - land on the ball of your foot (BOF)
  • Heel strike with a straight leg - recipe for hurt knee and joints
  • Landing ahead of the body, aka overstriding - keep your general center of mass (GCM) in line with your BOF
  • Using quad muscles instead of the hamstrings (push off), and pulling the swing thigh and knee forward and up - pull the leg up with your hamstrings
  • Landing on the toes with the body behind landing/foot - land on your BOF in line with your GCM
  • Landing with stiff ankles/leg - relax the ankles and let them absorb the impact
  • "Active landing" - don't place your foot on the ground, let it fall naturally with gravity
  • Overall muscle tension - remember to stay loose, not rigid, even in your neck, back, and shoulders
  • Active push/toe off, straightening the leg to propel the body forward - there is no need to push off and strain the calf muscle, just fall forward and let gravity do the work
  • Holding the rear leg behind after leaving the support - allow the foot to drop back to the ground
  • Leaning the trunk sideways or forward - lean from the ankles, not your waist, unless you want lower back pain
  • Keeping the shoulders up and stiff - just relax!
  • Arms pumping - keep elbows relaxed and back, with the thumbs alongside your ribs

There are many drills and exercises in the "Pose Method of Running" book that will help you retrain your mind to learn the proper movements. The most simple one you can do is to stand in the Pose position. Click the image to see full annotated version of the Pose running position (Source: Pose Method of Running</em /> by Dr. Nicholas Romanov)First, stand in a springy, S-shaped pose with bent knees and heels slightly off the ground. Then, using your hamstring, pull one foot off the ground, ankle in line with the knee, maintaining balance. This is the Pose position, the position you should always strive to be in when running. Now, from the ankle and hips, lean forward, breaking the delicate balance. Allow your raised foot to fall down with gravity's help, landing on the ball of the foot, while simultaneously pulling your other foot off the ground with your hamstring. The loss of balance and gravity's assistance moved you forward, with very little muscle interference. You've just taken your first step in running in the Pose method! Congrats!

All information was taken from the "Pose Method of Running" book or a clinic manual, both written by Dr. Nicholas Romanov. I highly recommend checking out the book and the articles and discussions on Posetech.com for more information. I also highly suggest attending a clinic with a certified coach to ensure you're properly running using the Pose method.

About the Author:

Ben is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and runs Barefoot Benny Personal Fitness, Here Ben poses alongside Dr. Nicholas Romanov at a pose method running clinic he attended - note the Vibram Five Fingers!"An NYC-based personal training company dedicated to getting you in the best shape of your life with natural and fun exercise programs."

We've previously seen Ben around birthdayshoes running a half-marathon in his KSO Vibram Five Fingers and hiking upstate New York in his KSOs. If you're in the NYC area and want to get hands-on personal training or consultation regarding fitness or the Pose method of running, be sure to look Ben up at Barefoot Benny dot com!

Amazing! KSO Trek Vibrams enable you to levitate off the ground!

Jesse points to his black KSO Trek Vibram Five Fingers after hiking to the summit of North Fortunate Mountain.
Jesse points to his black KSO Trek Vibram Five Fingers after hiking to the summit of North Fortunate Mountain.
Demonstrating the magical powers of VFFs, Jesse is seen here levitating in mid-air.  No FiveFingers don't enable you to fly but they do make your feet feel nice and light!
Demonstrating the magical powers of VFFs, Jesse is seen here levitating in mid-air. No FiveFingers don't enable you to fly but they do make your feet feel nice and light!

Well ... maybe not, but they do make you feel incredibly light on your feet. Above photoed is Jesse atop North Fortuna Mountain in San Diego. Jesse is wearing his Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks. I asked Jesse to share his VFF story with birthdayshoes and here is what he had to say:

Justin,
I first heard about VFF's when I was talking with my brother about hiking and he sent me a link saying "these are the best hiking shoes ever." I quickly got interested and researched them like crazy. I went to REI to try some on but they only had the Sprints and not in my size. I went to another outdoor store who carried them and tried on KSO's in my size. Once I tried them on I knew I had to have some. I ordered the KSO Trek, Size 44 in Black so I could wear them at work too (black shoes required).

I knew when I ordered them that I wanted to use them for some trekking but probably mostly flat stuff. My initial reaction was that they felt very different and hurt after the first use. You really do use muscles that aren't normally used. My first time ever using them was just a walk around the block. The first time on a trail was a night hike on relatively flat packed dirt for about 5 miles. Getting them wet is no big deal, I was wading through foot high water. My feet definitely hurt afterwards but I knew after a few more hikes they would feel great. Putting shoes on after your first hike in them feels soooo wierd.

I wanted to be able to wear them at work too so I purchased some Injinji Wool socks. The socks definitely make them more comfortable but put a lot of fabric between your toes. After a while you get used to it.

I have now done 3 or 4 hikes in them and have done a full 10 hour day at work. I can comfortably say that I am very happy with them and am very interested in the rumored Flow Treks. Everyone at work couldn't stop staring at them and asking questions.

Although I have much good to say about them I have some negatives too. My main issue is that the name is KSO: Keep Stuff Out, but I get dirt in my shoes all the time, when worn with no socks (my normal hiking way).

Hope this helps ... Thank you

Jesse

Thank you Jesse for sharing your FiveFingers user story with the community!

Great to hear you've having success on the trails hiking in your KSO Treks! As for the Flow Treks, you may be out of luck unless you want to ship some over from Europe!

As for the "KSO" aspect of KSOs, it's definitely not perfect — perhaps we need to see a VFF KSO that goes up past the ankle like a boot like the discontinued Surge.

The Silent Majority and the Barefoot Running Debate (Or the Runners Who Never Were)

The Silent Majority and the Barefoot Running Debate (Or the Runners Who Never Were)

Creative Commons License photo credit: hectorir

The Barefoot Running Debate

It's impossible to miss — the media is paying it major attention, running shoe companies are finally breaking their silence, and at least one so-called expert is resorting to fear-mongering over pebbles and a world filled with glass shards waiting to rip your feet to shreds. How we should run is the topic of the hour — enter the barefoot running debate.

The barefoot running debate is curious. It feels backwards. Most know Occam's Razor: the simplest answer tends to be the best one. What is the simplest answer when it comes to what human beings were meant to put on their feet in order to walk or run? Nothing. We are barefoot by default — OEM human. Starting from the default human condition, the onus regarding the merits of shoes should be on the shoe companies.

But of course it's not. It's the opposite.

And just to be clear, the debate isn't simply about barefoot running. It is a debate about high-tech running shoes and biomechanical efficiency. It's about running form: "Which is less likely to cause injury: to heel-strike or forefoot-strike?"

Running is a passionate subject for both sides — passionate views bolstered by personal experience. On one side, you've got the formerly-shod-runners-turned-barefoot-true-believers proclaiming that, "Barefoot is better!" The barefoot runner's enthusiasm springs from leaving behind injury-prone shod running to being born again, bare feet and all, running injury-free. Meanwhile, you've got injury-free shod runners who have logged thousands of miles in running shoes saying, "I like my shoes and have no problems running shod, so you barefoot zealots need to back off!" With such convicted views, the discussion can get a bit heated.

The barefoot running debate is unlikely to be won by either side anytime soon. It's just impossible to overturn personal convictions, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" There are shod runners who have their form dialed in and don't get injured; for example, just take ultra-runner Scott Jurek. Also, whatever science experiments need to take place to provide a definitive answer have yet to be conducted.

For now, the question is left to be decided on a per-runner basis. For the shod runners who are biomechanically blessed with the ability to run injury-free in thick-heeled and/or significantly cushioned running shoes, more power to them. For those runners who can only dial in their running form by running barefoot or in minimalist footwear who practice natural running with a forefoot strike — they get to run injury-free, too.

It's in this line-of-thought that the barefoot running debate was best summed up by Christopher McDougall, "[The] debate isn't about Bare Soles vs. Shoes. It's about learning to run gently. Master that, and you can wear — or not wear — anything you please."

To each his own and we all run happily ever after. Right?

If only it were that simple. The reality is that when the barefoot running debate is only considered by runners, everyone else — the silent majority of would-be runners — is ignored.

The Silent Majority or (Or the Runners Who Never Were)

The barefoot running debate is only occurring within a self-selected group of runners (as well as the occasional shoe manufacturer). This distinction isn't trivial. Think about it. To become a runner — to take to running — you have to possess or do one of the following things:

  1. You natively possess a running form that is conducive to running in modern running shoes. You are able to heel-strike gently in running shoes or run in some manner (pronation, supination, whatever works for you) that lets you wear your cushioned shoes and not be uncomfortable.
  2. You adopt a natural running technique like Pose or Chi running.
  3. You take to barefoot running (or minimalist footwear running) and let the ensuing feedback educate your form.
  4. You run despite the discomfort of running in modern running shoes. You grin and bear it, assume "no pain no gain," and slog away running despite the discomfort. Maybe if you're lucky you hone in your form in such a manner that running becomes tolerable and you continue doing it out of a sense that it's necessary for your continued health.

The above requirements represent a selection process. This process specifically selects out of the running community individuals who try to run but find it too uncomfortable or painful to pursue.

I contend that there is a large body of individuals out there who have completely given up on running. Sure, some runners who never were are individuals that gave up because they were starting from a significant deficit of unhealthiness. I believe many more have tried to run only to find the ensuing ankle, knee, and hip pain; inflamed joints; or other negative effects to running too much to make the activity worthwhile. If that was you, would you keep at it despite the pain? Running should not be approached as some kind of Puritan punishment.

I know the runners who never were exist because I once counted myself among their ranks. "I hate running — it's not for me," that's what I'd tell anyone who asked. Though I could bike for miles without problem, when it came to running, I couldn't run a mile without experiencing pain in my knees. Why bother? I rejected running.

My former outlook on running is not unique. I say "former" because now I run naturally without pain.

The a-ha moment, of course, wasn't a new understanding of how to run nor was it some resolve to give running another go. My transition back to running came with a pair of "barefoot shoes" (Vibrams) that I got to work out and run sprints* in. I never bought Vibram Five Fingers with the intention of running any distance in them. It was only a year into owning a pair that I came to understand that my high-heeled, cushioned shoes were both encouraging me to heel-strike while muting the feedback from the ground. Running in a modern shoe, I just couldn't manage to nail down a form that didn't leave me pounding the ground, and in turn, pounding my knees. In short, my running shoes left me leaving running. Only running in my VFFs, which really did nothing more than let my feet be feet, was I able to run without heel-striking, landing lightly and gently on my forefoot.

I doubt I would have ever given running another shot but for having a shoe that allowed me to — forced me to — run naturally. Don't hear this as saying you have to get VFFs to run naturally — all you need to run naturally is your bare feet. Five Fingers were just how I rediscovered running.

How many more people out there will never give running another thought because they associate running with pain — because the last time they ran it was painful? How many more might benefit from giving running another try if they'd only change their shoes, allowing (forcing) their bodies to run lightly and gently? I'd put the numbers of would-be runners in the hundreds of thousands.

It's in this sense that the barefoot running debate isn't just a matter of "to each his own." Unless the shoe industry swings heavily in the direction of minimalist footwear, many more would-be runners will just give up on running. I don't want to see that happen.

This barefoot movement is about awakening the disaffected masses who have given up on running. This is why the true believing barefoot runners are so zealous to the cause. Realizing you can run without pain is astonishingly empowering — to know that your default human state is strong and not broken — who wouldn't want to share that life-affirming freedom with everyone?

I see this as one of the underlying missions behind birthdayshoes: blowing up the mainstream paradigm that running requires protective, form-correcting, thickly soled shoes; and that running shouldn't be painful (And if it is, you're doing something wrong).

As for the runners running happily in their shoes, I say "Have fun!" This debate doesn't really concern them. It does concern the runners who never were. It is those I want to tell, "Maybe you should set aside your running shoes and give running another chance."

We knew as children that running was play — innate fun for anyone and everyone to enjoy. It should be no different for adults. If we can change this paradigm, we can usher in a new generation of runners, but the barefoot running debate is central to that change.

* Sprints never hurt my knees, but then again, why would they? Why would I actually like running sprints and hate running a mile? This contradiction never crossed my mind until I understood that sprints required I run naturally with a forefoot strike.

P90X, Hiking, and Watersports in KSO Vibram Five Fingers

Above photoed is Scott and his KSO Vibram Five Fingers.  Scott is pictured wearing his brown KSO Vibram Five Fingers (a color combination that is no more!) hiking around Grandeur Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, balancing and even encountering some snow!  Th
Above photoed is Scott and his KSO Vibram Five Fingers. Scott is pictured wearing his brown KSO Vibram Five Fingers (a color combination that is no more!) hiking around Grandeur Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, balancing and even encountering some snow! The photo with the blue camo KSO Vibrams is actually shot underwater at Bear Lake, Utah.

Above we see Scott kicking his various pairsof KSO Vibram Five Fingers. Scott is hiking, kayaking, bodyboarding, and performing the P90X workouts in his VFFs — though they aren't pictured, Scott's first pair of VFFs were the now-discontinued Surge Vibram Five Fingers, which in accordance to their design, he frequently uses for water wear.

I asked Scott to share a bit about how he's been using his KSO and Surge Vibram Five Fingers—review how he likes them for P90X, and if he plans on picking any more pairs of (At present he has four KSO VFFs and one pair of the Surge!). Here's what he had to say:

There are a lot of balance postures that I do during P90X and by using the KSO's I can better balance myself. I feel it is a little more difficult without the casting of a regular shoe, but I feel that is better for me overall.

I got the Surge's first and use them with any water sports such as body boarding on the Pacific Ocean and Kayaking. I can run in sand all I want and hardly any gets in. As far as Keeping Stuff Out, the surge ones are so great!

I love these shoes and now have 5 pair! I will be getting my 6th pair soon. (KSO TREK)

With the high ankle coverage of Surge Vibram Five Fingers, it's no surprise they are the ultimate at keeping stuff out (and also keeping warmth and water in for that matter!). While the standard KSO Vibram Five Fingers keep larger debris out, the mesh coverage does have small holes in it, so smaller debris (fine sand or dirt) can tend to get in over time.

Good to hear you're putting your Vibrams through the ropes, Scott! If you do end up grabbing a pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSO Treks, I'm sure you'll enjoy them. They are style, comfort, and performance all wrapped up into one.