TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review

TRUE Linkswear Tour Golf Shoes - 2013 Update/Review

TRUE linkswear is releasing new styles for 2014, but I wanted to share some thoughts on last year's update to the TRUE shoe that started it all. In 2011, the original tour was TRUE's debut entry into the minimal golf shoe world, and while it was extremely comfortable it had the quirks of being a first generation shoe design. In 2013, they released an updated version of the TRUE tour, which was a great improvement in the look and quality of the shoe while maintaining the barefoot feel and comfort. New designs continue to come along, but the tour model is still in the core lineup, and now at a lower price, it is definitely worth considering if you spend any time swinging a golf club. You can read the original tour review here and read on for my thoughts on the updated TRUE tour.

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Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!

It's that time again—time for the latest and great Vibram FiveFingers to hit the market. You can find them for sale here. Via Travel Country (Read to the "Bonus" below for a code to get a gift card!)

Bikila EVO and KSO EVO

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's Bikila EVO FiveFingers in screaming blue and neon yellow.

The Spring 2014 Vibram FiveFingers introduce the "EVO" line by way of the Bikila EVO and the KSO EVO. The Bikila EVO has a brand new sole structure that is built off a platform of EVA with pods of Vibram rubber. Tim has already done us a favor and reviewed the Bikila EVO FiveFingers here (If you've not yet seen it in detail). And thanks to the fact that the already-released Youth EL-X LS that hit last year, we've also gotten a fantastic review of what we can expect from the KSO EVO (Read that review here).

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's KSO EVO FiveFingers in black, which if you'll recall was the most popular KSO color of all time for men.

Spyridon MR

Vibram has replaced the original Spyridon LS with the Spyridon MR. It's not fundamentally unlike the original Spyridon LS but the Spyridon MR removes some of the excess paint that covered the insoles. It's a nice improvement if you ask me.

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
This is the men's Spyridon MR FiveFingers in olive green.

Women's Vi-B

Also, you'll find that Vibram has put out a women's-only VFF called the "Vi-B" that has the "maxfeel" sole and a super airy upper—thanks both to the holey fabric and the "Classic" cut.

Bikila EVO, KSO Evo, Spyridon MR FiveFingers!
Above is the women's Vi-B FiveFingers.

Again, you can find all of the above* in men's and women's sizes for sale at the following links:

BONUS: TravelCountry looks like they are offering a $20 gift card for every $100 spent that you can use on a future purchase. The coupon code is "GiftMe" and eligible dollars towards meeting the threshhold come from regular price merchandise. Since all the 2014 FiveFingers are regular price, if you were to get the Bikila EVOs, for example, you'd get that $20 eGift card for some future purchase.

* excepting the women's Bikila EVO, which hasn't shown up anywhere yet.

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

Vibram FiveFingers Bikila EVO Review

The original Vibram FiveFingers Bikila model was released in the Spring of 2010 in conjunction with the Boston Marathon, and has long been the workhorse of Vibram?s running stable. The Bikila LS was introduced a year later and was among the first models to include a speed lacing system that is now popular on many Vibram FiveFinger (VFF) models.

For 2014, Vibram has completely revamped the trusty Bikila and has named it the Bikila EVO, which I assume stands for Evolution. The Bikila EVO now "out" for sale and is running $120 MSRP (See all 2014 Vibrams for sale here).

So how does it perform as a running shoe, and how does it compare to the original Bikila? Read on to find out.

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2 Parents and 3 Kids Going 2,200 Miles in 6 Months ... In Barefoot Shoes.

2 Parents and 3 Kids Going 2,200 Miles in 6 Months ... In Barefoot Shoes.

If you've been around the minimalist shoe/barefoot shoe community for awhile, you're surely familiar with Damien Tougas, a long-standing minimalist shoe enthusiast/reviewer who also founded ToeSalad.com.

Well, Damien is kickstarting hiking the Appalachian Trail--all 2,200 miles of it--with his wife and three kids, all of whom will be wearing minimalist footwear!

This is awesome, bold, and ambitious! I can't imagine hiking more than a few miles with my wife and kids in tow (maybe one day!). Damien and family will be sharing their adventure with the world via a series of web-based episodes--a feel-good "reality show" of sorts. There will typically be about three 10-15 minute episodes per month (produced by the Tougas family) and you can get access to these shows via sponsoring the Kickstarter campaign!

As of today, Damien has 14 more days to reach his Kickstarter goal of $16,000 CAD. He's shy by about $3K CAD.

Want to see this happen? Well, you know what to do ... go and pledge!

Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO/EL-X LS Review

Vibram FiveFingers KSO EVO/EL-X LS Review
Above is the (available-in-youth-sizes) FiveFingers EL-X LS. What you may not realize is that the upcoming KSO EVO (for adults) is the same pair of toe shoes!

Earlier this week, I received a pair of Vibram EL-X LS and I wanted to share my thoughts on this highly-anticipated shoe. Why is it highly anticipated? Because the "EL-X LS" that's available in youth sizes right now is what will be available in all sizes come 2014 as the KSO EVO.

If you recall for the post about them earlier this year, the KSO EVO replaces Vibram's most popular shoe, the very versatile KSO. It features a speed lace system that is similar to the Bikila, Spyridon, and KMD LS, which allows for easy entry and a snug fit and the KSO EVO's thin sole provides excellent flexibility and ground feel.

Like I said, the "KSO EVO" is scheduled to be released in Spring 2014 and isn't officially available yet.However, if you fall within a narrow range of sizes, you can pick up a pair right now! That's because a model called the "FiveFingers EL-X LS" was released in youth sizes earlier this year. Indeed, the EL-X LS is available to buy online (See: Zappos, which actually has them on sale). Since some youth sizes overlap with adult sizes (up to a men's 42) and I fit these sizes, I was able to pick up a pair even though the adult-version EL-X LS or "KSO EVO" won't be available until 2014.

The FiveFingers KSO EVO is officially "out" and for sale as of mid-February 2014!

Save for differences in color and available sizes, the EL-X LS is the same exact shoe as the upcoming KSO EVO!

For the purpose of this review and since I'm no youth, I'll be referring to the EL-X LS as the "KSO EVO" for the rest of the review. Again, they are the same shoe just different sizes. Full review and photos after the jump!

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The GW81 Barefoot: "The one true barefoot experience"

The GW81 Barefoot: "The one true barefoot experience"

I have redefined procrastination when it comes to internet footwear reviews. This write-up is 32 years in the making. It's not strictly a matter of laziness, though. Part of the issue is that I've only just recently gotten the hang of these and made use of them in the correct fashion. Thus only now am I able to give a true and fair review.

So ladies and gentlemen, I present the GW81 Barefoot!

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