The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

The Inaugural Asheville Marathon at the Biltmore - in Luna Sandals (Venado/original)

You're out on a run. Your nose is getting stuffy, so you lean to the side for a quick farmer's blow. It's cold out, but you didn't realize how cold until you go to wipe your nose with the back of your glove to clear off any additional moisture -- only to find that it's already frozen around the edge of your nostril in mere seconds.

Welcome to the inaugural Asheville Marathon, held on the grounds of the beautiful Biltmore estate. "Well," I thought dramatically at around mile 20, "At least I'll die somewhere majestic."

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Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS - Review

Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS - Review

A few days ago, I received a pair of the new Vibram Five Fingers Bikila LS toe shoes and want to share my first impressions. So far, I've only taken them out on one 2+ mile run, but can already tell they perform very much like my standard Bikilas and in some ways better. Rather than rehash all that has been said about the Bikila, which I think is the perfect hard surface barefoot running shoe (until now!), I will keep this concise by highlighting what is different about the Bikila LS.

The big differences are:

  • Speed lace system
  • Coconut active carbon upper
  • New dotted PU toe protection
  • Color choices

These changes represent improvements over the standard Bikila and I will cover each of them after the jump.

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Pregnant Runner Loves Her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Josephine in her KSOs
Josephine out for a spin in her Vibram Five Fingers KSOs.

As you can see from the picture above, there aren't many things that keep Josephine from going out on her daily run in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. Pregnancy and snow didn't stop her. Here is Josephine's amazing story:

I'm almost 5 months pregnant with twin boys and run daily in my KSO's in Providence, RI. I have had them for over a year and have run in them in every season and in every weather condition that hits the East coast from blizzards, to rain storms, to oppressive heat. I am madly in love with them! I also can't say enough good things about them for running while pregnant. I have had no injuries or problems with them and don't have the "leaden feet" feeling that I remember sometimes having when I ran during my first pregnancy. I also ran daily during that pregnancy up until the day I went into labor and I don't remember feeling as light on my feet as I do now in my VFF KSO's- even with twins. They are awesome! I was a die-hard fan before I got pregnant this time and now am even more so. I definitely did not have an easy go of early pregnancy with lots of all day nausea (and puking!) due to the double dose of hormones you get with twins (which BTW, were a complete surprise and not at all what this runner, or her husband, had "planned"!!!), and running is the one thing that has kept me sane and gotten me through these initial months- running in my KSO's that is! I recommend them to all pregnant women out there and to all runners, pregnant or not!

Thanks so much!

Josephine

Thank you Josephine! Congratulations on the twins! We wish you all the best and hope to see some barefoot baby pics.

We are not advocating that pregnant women can all run while pregnant. Please check with your doctor to see what makes sense for you.

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.