Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers

Muddy Paintball in FiveFingers

This is the muddiest photo of FiveFingers I think I've ever seen.

What's the story? Enter Michael, who picked up his pair of TrekSports as an all-purpose pair of toe shoes though he specifically planned to use them for paintball:

I've been trying to paintball regularly for a year or so now, something more active then my usual regime of computer games and TV. I'd scoffed at Vibrams the first time I saw them, but the more and more I spotted people wearing them the more I wanted to at least try them on.

Once I started paintball I figured I'd finally had a real excuse to have wear them passed the novelty so I was on a mission to eventually own my own pair. A few months ago I was able to venture to my local Hikers Haven and try on as many pairs as would fit, finally deciding that a pair of KSO Treksport would be the best for the job (as well as seemed to be the only pair that would fit my APPARENTLY abnormally tall dorsal area of my feet). Unfortunately they were lacking on my perfect size and I was lacking in actual funds.

Skip ahead a few months and a new job gave me the opportunity I needed to snag me a pair. They instantly turned into the comfiest and most expensive pair of slippers I'd ever owned.

Eventually I got the chance to head back out for paintball. I generally try to go on dry days, as I hate getting mucky (a bit of an oxymoron when paintballing), but of course that morning was a downpour, leaving the field a minefield of puddles and mud. Within the first 15 minutes of arriving, we had to walk about 50 meters through a river of inch deep mud. At that point I tossed my inhibitions to the wind and had a great time being a mudder. It was of course still winter and the puddles were cold, but the pair of Injinji socks I was wearing were able to keep me warm enough.

I'm convinced that I was more agile, less tired, and much more happy wearing the Five Fingers than I would have been wearing my usual clunky Merrell sneakers, which would have been impossible to clean.

I'll be bringing my Vibrams with me to every paintball day, and hopefully will start doing more things to wear them more often.

Michael T. - Toronto

Glad you've found some use for them!

All that talk about mud reminds me of Stuart running his 255km jungle marathon in Spyridons.

Thanks for sharing, Michael!

Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics

Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics
Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics
Kettlebells and Vibram FiveFinger Classics

In the mailbag came the above photos from Bob Garon, who does a "Kettlebell Boot Camp" in Gilbert, Arizona. Bob wrote:

Great site and awesome VFF exposure! ...

I've had my Classic VFF's for almost 2 years and I also have a pair of KSO's as well. The attached mountain pic was me sitting at one of South Mountain summits in Phoenix, Arizona.

The other is when I was first Kettlebell certified by Steve Cotter at the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation.

The last one is me teaching my Kettlebell Boot Camp in Gilbert, AZ. I never leave home without my VFF's baby! :)

I've watched a few of Steve Cotter's kettlebell training videos. The guy is a machine — a by-product of training with kettlebells, I'm sure.

The last photo was from one of Bob's boot camp classes (like here), which take place at local parks. Looks like a great way to get outside and get in shape!

Interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post [Video]

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

Raw Food World TV did an impromptu interview with Vibram USA President Tony Post on Monday, August 10. Check it out:

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In the interview (about eight minutes long) Tony Post hits on:

  • the success of Vibram FiveFingers (1:14)
  • the various current models available (1:40)
  • a video glance of various VFF offerings, including what appear to be some new color options as well as the new October models, the KSO Trek, Moc, Performa (2:20)
  • a shot of the Bikila, which is slated for release in February 2010 (2:45)
  • a close up of the KSO Trek as Tony is wearing his VFF KSO Treks in the interview* (3:20).
  • how shoes "cast the foot" and VFFs enable your feet to work more naturally (5:00)

Nice to see an interview with Chief VFFer Tony Post. His office looks jam-packed with fivefingers — it's like a VFF shoe store in there! No doubt it's also fun to have an office environment where "foot gloves" are the norm rather than the exception!

* Tony notes he runs in his VFFs year-round. Back in 1990, Tony worked at Rockport and ran the Boston Marathon in Rockport DresSports.

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!
No, Vibram Five Fingers are not for Teddy Bears!

Got the above photos of Anna, who managed to wrangle her new pair of grey/pink Vibram FiveFinger KSOs away from a certain pink teddy bear. Here's what her boyfriend Alex had to say about what went down:

I have been hooked on my vff sprints for about 3 weeks. For nearly every day of those three weeks, Anna has been talking about how much she wanted a pair for her own. Today she got a pair of VFF KSOs! She had to wrestle them away from the bear, but she likes them so much they may never leave her feet. Good bye high heels.

I don't think the teddy bear stood a chance, personally. I mean, VFFs on bear paws? That's just ridiculous!

Glad you're enjoying your new set of feet, Anna! Goodbye high heels and hello better posture!

Site administration note from Justin: Apologies to all who have submitted stories and photos or otherwise emailed me this week. I just had my first kid on Monday! It's going to take me a few days to get caught back up so please "bear" with me!

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

Jerry's KSO Vibram Five Fingers at "Foamhenge"

In the mailbag comes this photo and note from Vibram Five Fingers fan Jerry, who has been enjoying the comfort of KSOs at music festivals and road:

I finally snapped some pics of my VFFs in the wild. My partner and I traveled down to Floyd, VA for an excellent music festival, FloydFest. While we were there we saw about five or so others in VFFs, which was nice to see. On the way home we spent some time in Natural Bridge, VA. Aside from the bridge and all of the awesome wildlife we saw there (spider as big as my hand fishing for minnows....yikes!) we also stopped at Foamhenge, a lifesize replica of Stonehenge. It was pretty impressive...and muddy, as can be seen by my shoes in the picture. But since they are machine washable, they cleaned right up easy as could be.

Who knew? A replica of Stonehenge made out of styrofoam in Virginia.

Good to hear your fivefinger KSOs are doing their job (and keeping stuff out!).

How to put on Classic Vibram Five Fingers without using your hands [How-to]

Awhile ago I asked the following question to forum members: can you put on your fivefinger Classics without using your hands? At least a couple responded they could (Kevin even sent me a short video to prove it).

I, too, can put on my VFFs using naught but feet (As I pat myself on the back). There are two default starting positions from which you can pull off this "fivefingers foot feat:" either with the elastic strap as loose as possible or with it cinched up tight.

How? Let me see if I can explain:

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Note: Both methods require enough toe dexterity to find and insert your toes into their respective toe slots. If you try this little trick, make sure you do it in an area where if you fall from losing your balance, you won't hurt yourself!

If you have questions or comments, let me know! And yes, I did say "do do" in the video. And I know, this is probably one of the weirder how-to videos on YouTube.

Regardless, don't be too jealous of my toe dexterity, k?