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!

Black Vibram FiveFingers Komodo Sport Out!

Black Vibram FiveFingers Komodo Sport Out!

Short and sweet. Given the poplarity of Vibram FiveFingers when they come in black (see the Black KSO, the most popular KSO FiveFingers in existence as documented here), and just liking the black with grey highlights we're getting with the black/grey men's Komodo Sport FiveFingers, I'm happy to share that you can get black KomodoSport VFFs for men now over at CitySports!

The KomodoSports just went live on the site. They'll set you back a C-note ($100). Get'em while they last with free ground shipping (automatically applied). KomodoSports size similarly to KSOs (in theory!). And if you'd prefer the hot yellow KomodoSports for men, you can shop those here at CS; or if you're a woman looking for the blue/yellow KomodoSports they are at CS, too.

If you've never shopped at CitySports, read store reviews on them here — they're a great outfit based out of Boston, Massachusetts (with stores across the nation) — not far from the Vibram USA mothership.

Buy the Vibram Five Fingers Komodo Sport

Review Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove

Review Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove

Overview

As announced recently, the Merrell Barefoot shoe line has officially launched. Prior to the official launch of Merrell Barefoot, I was fortunate enough to receive an advance pair of the men's Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves ("MBTG," "Trail Gloves," or just "Merrell Barefoots," for short). Below I'll talk in detail about my experiences thus far with the Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves, as well as share a lot of up close and personal photos. But before I do, here's the review in short: Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves are presently my overall favorite mono-toed minimalist shoes. They are solid, "foot friendly" barefoot running trail shoes. They can be worn barefoot or with socks, provide reasonably good ground feel, are neutral from heel to toe, have an upsized toe box for toe splaying (pic), and actually look pretty good if you're up for wearing them for more everyday purposes.

That's the gist, anyway; more after the jump!

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Surviving a 7 hour Fitness Camp in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

7 Hour
Coach Jake, Lindsay (second closest) and others enjoy "7 hours of non stop fun".

Jake Morrison, of PA Fitcamp, introduced his client Lindsay to Vibram Five Fingers as a way to help her get fit. Lindsay shared her fitness journey with us in the following testimonial:

My VFF Story
Lindsay

I had chronic knee problems since I was 11 years old. I played sports through middle and high school, all while fighting the pain and weakness in my knees. When I was in my early twenties, I was diagnosed with Patella-Femoral Syndrome. I did physical therapy for about a year and started implementing yoga into my everyday life. None of this would completely take my pain away.

After my second child was born, I decided to get serious about fitness again, so I hired a personal trainer. He introduced me to the idea Vibram Five Fingers, and I thought, “why not?” I acquired a pair of KSOs shortly thereafter and I was hooked! Coach Jake eased me into them and taught me how to avoid injury. After a few weeks, I noticed that my knee pain had significantly decreased. So I did what any exercise enthusiast would; I kicked it up a notch. Suddenly, I was running 5ks, 10ks, and a 12k! Mind you, I’ve never been a runner before in my life, but those darn toe shoes seemed to have liberated me! After a few months, I realized that I’ve run farther than I ever have before; I’ve accomplished more than I thought I could in this life time and it’s all due to Vibram Five Fingers!

A few weeks ago, I decided to test myself just a tad bit further. I signed up for PA Fitcamp’s first ever 7 hour boot camp. I just wanted to see if I could stay on my feet that long while basically training like a grunt for 7 hours. Not only did I finish the whole 7 hours, but I was able to do so with my KSOs! My knees were only slightly sore afterwards (and rightly so!), however it wasn’t at all significant and I was able to go for 3 mile jog the next day!

Vibram Five Fingers have changed my life for the better, and I no longer worry about my physical limitations. I have decided to do a few triathlons this year in my VFFs and I’m really looking forward to the new product line next month!

Thanks Lindsay and Coach Jake! Check out Jake in these great pics from a previous article on hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Fitness enthusiasts have a reason to celebrate in 2011. Vibram released the Komodo, Jaya and Jaya LR models which are specifically designed for cross training and fitness. You can check the availability of these and other Vibram Five Fingers products from top online retailers in our store.

U.S. Army Outlaws Vibram Five Fingers

U.S. Army Outlaws Vibram Five Fingers

Here is the policy that our anonymous source forwarded us:

1. Situation. The popularity of Vibram Five Fingers (VFF) and other minimalist footwear for use as running footwear has reportedly skyrocketed in the past 12-18 months in both civilian and military populations due in large part to word-of-mouth promotion by advocates of barefoot/minimalist running, and effective marketing by Vibram and other footwear companies. Additionally, anecdotal information provided in various publications and/or web sites has suggested that barefoot and/or minimalist running is biometrically more sound than shod running. The sudden increase in the use of minimalist running shoes has prompted the United States Army Physical Fitness School (USAPFS ) to provide additional guidance as to the definition of “commercial running shoes” referenced in AR 670-1 paragraph 14-3, dated 03FEB2005. This interim guidance which is offered in accordance with AR 670-1, Paragraph 14-3 states that; “Commanders may authorize the wear of commercial running shoes with the PFU and IPFU. Commercial running shoes do not include mininalmist shoes, light weight track/road racing flats, racing spikes, toe shoes, or shoes that simulate barefoot running. Commanders and leaders at all levels will comply with AR 670-1, Paragraph 14-3.”

2. Mission. Effective upon receipt, all BOLC B and WOBC schools will update policy memorandums to reflect this interim guidance, and brief all students and cadre of the new change. This guidance will also be integrated into command briefs and/or policy letters for incoming students until such time as DCG IMT warrants guidance is no longer necessary.

Though we cannot attest to the accuracy of this information, we doubt it is a hoax. Here is what our tipster told us when we expressed our amazement:

You read it correctly. To further clarify though - this policy only affects TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) which is where all Soldiers attend basic training and officer basic courses. However, the tone of the policy indicates that an Army-wide policy is forthcoming banning ALL "minimalist" shoes.

What do you think about these new restrictions?