Inov-8 Bare-XF 260 Review

Inov-8 Bare-XF 260 Review

While I've been getting more minimalist with each passing day, choosing mostly to run in thin huaraches, I definitely think there's a time and a place for full coverage. Most especially in cold weather and in the gym. In those cases where I need full coverage and perhaps am not in the mood for any of my toe shoes, I've typically reached for the Inov-8 Bare X 200.

But as one of the commenters on that previous review pointed out, the Bare X 200 is not specifically a CrossFit shoe. It's a point to which I would object, as there is a difference between how a shoe (or any product, really) is marketed/positioned and whether it's actually effective in a given situation. Most of the time when I have the Bare X 200s on, it's for CrossFit as opposed to running.

Yet, he has a point. If a shoe Inov-8 built and positioned carefully for running works so well for CrossFit, then what about an Inov-8 shoe that is specifically positioned as a CrossFit shoe? You'd end up with the Bare-XF 260. Let's see how closely Inov-8's vision for CrossFit matches up with the reality.

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24-Hour Exclusive, Extra 20% Off Entire LeftLaneSports.com Site!

24-Hour Exclusive, Extra 20% Off Entire LeftLaneSports.com Site!

20% OFF EVERYTHING AT LEFTLANESPORTS.COM

Regular readers and savvy shoppers have certainly taken advantage of sales offered by flash-sale site LeftLaneSports in the past. What's better than picking up minimalist shoes (or outdoor apparel or gear) at upwards of 50% off?

I'll tell you. How about taking an extra 20% off the already-bargain markdowns at LeftLaneSports.com sitewide? LeftLane is offering BirthdayShoes.com readers just that: an exclusive 20% off VIP sale that begins now and will last until 3PM EST or NOON PST tomorrow, June 19, 2013!

HOW TO GET YOUR EXTRA 20%

IF YOU'RE NOT YET A MEMBER OF LEFTLANE, you'll want to use my invite link to join. Why? Because you'll get $10 of credit that will get auto-applied to your first order over $50. Once you join, you'll get daily emails about the latest sales LeftLane is offering. Having now been a member for probably almost two years, I've hooked up sales on everything from outdoor gear, a ton of apparel (outdoor/fitness/casual), minimalist shoes, and more—sorta makes it hard to pay full price. And you can quit membership by stopping the emails whenever you like.

So join up via my invite link and get that credit.

IF YOU'RE A MEMBER ALREADY OR JUST BECAME ONE ... You absolutely have to click through the VIP sale link: http://5to.es/leftvip (that link redirects you here and this link will also function fine!).

Again the all-important link so that you get the extra 20% off at checkout!

http://5to.es/leftvip

IMPORTANT NOTES!

This is not a coupon-code-based promotion! There is no coupon! Rather, you simply click my link to get your browser cookified. From there, you won't see the discount reflected until you start the checkout process! The link is what matters to get the sale active on your purchase.

While the sale doesn't extend to prior purchases (and as someone who picked up Skoras yesterday at LLS, I feel your pain!), it applies to everything at LeftLane. The link above will land you at some minimalist- or running-minded shoes, apparel, and gear, but use the site menu to navigate around and see what you can find!

That's it! Now hurry up and hook it up before it ends tomorrow, June 19, 2013 at noon PST!

(cross-posted to birthdayshoes.com/deals/)

Minimalist Shoes on Sale Here

Nobody wants to maximalist prices for minimalist shoes. Thankfully, if you're here you're well on your way to hooking up a sale or two on some of the most popular minimalist shoes around. Let's dive in:

Merrell Barefoots 40% off!

EMS has various Merrell Barefoots at 40% off here.

If you're a huge fan of the original Trail Glove, you can pick up a pair for $66. Been wanting a Gore-tex "barefoot running shoe" but been unwilling to shell out the almost-$200 for a pair? Well, EMS has those 40% off, too, so they're only ... $102 (Still better than $170!). Go to EMS.com!

Leather KSO Treks are on Clearance for $31

You can pick up the kangaroo leather-clad original KSO Trek for $31 here. As of this posting most sizes are available and in both black or brown. I'm a little shocked that this deal is available. This is a whopping 75% off the original KSO Trek price!

Given KSO Treks are going the way of the do-do, if you always wanted a pair or need a back-up/replacement pair, here's your chance. Go to REI.com.

Various Vibrams, Vivo Barefoots up to 70% off!

Grab FiveFingers or Vivo Barefoots at sales ranging from 9 to 70% off.

On the Vibram front, you can grab Bikila FiveFingers for $37, KomodoSports (a.k.a. KMD Sports as they're now called) for $55, or Bikila LS for $50, among other options.

They've also got a ton of Vivo Barefoots on sale. Everything from the dressier Gobi leather boot to the Hybrid golf shoe.

Those are the sales today. Be a savvy/smart shopper and hook up discounted "barefoot"/minimalist shoes (or huaraches sandals) while ya can.

And if you hear of any great deals, let me know!

(Cross-posted with BirthdayShoes.com/Deals)

Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports

Hiking Squaw Mountain in KomodoSports

A fellow Justin sent in the following photos (one from below the mountain, above) and message about his recent hike up Squaw Mountain:

Here’s a couple of shots I took today hiking up Squaw Mountain in Provo, Utah; despite being quite worn in, the KomodoSports handled the miles of rocky trails very well – that said, I would not recommend hiking mountains in minimalist footwear unless you’ve been wearing them for some time and know how to step lightly; I’ve been wearing these shoes for just over two years now and have been barefoot running for a little over three years. Parts of this hike felt like what I called “an extreme foot massage.” I’m very much looking forward to my next hike up the mountains wearing my VFF’s, and to some trail running here in them too.

- Justin

See the view from the top after the jump!

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Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?

Xero Shoes the Shark Tank Sandal?

Xero Shoes—the huaraches sandals company founded by Steven Sashen and Lena Phoenix—is going to be on ABC's Shark Tank at 8:00PM tonight, May 31, 2013! (This is a rerun of the episode that aired February 1, 2013).

If you're not familiar with Shark Tank, it's a show where entrepreneurs pitch their business to five investors. The investors then have the opportunity to bid on investing in the business. The show is great entertainment as it has that live edginess provided by the investors as they ask questions, poke holes, and comment on the pitch presented.

NOTE: Since this is a re-run of the Feb. 1, 2013, episode, if you caught the original airing, you already know what happened! That said, everything below (save for a new sale!) is written as though I didn't know ... make sense? No spoilers!

With a barefoot running sandal business being the investment at foot tonight, you can be sure things are going to get interesting!

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What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?

What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?

If you've got kids, you're familiar with bedtime routines. Part of our nightly bedtime routine is reading books. My almost-four-year-old Avi gets to pick out a couple of books before it's lights out.

So I was excited when author John McClung reached out to let me know about his latest children's book What Should I Put on My Feet to Go Run?. John sent me a copy of his book a few months back and Avi and I have been enjoying it every now and again ever since.

What follows is a quick review of the book! And if reading kid's book reviews isn't something you find necessary to drop $10 on some nighttime reading that supports your own views on shoes, well, do yourself a favor and head over to Amazon and support McClung's work now.

Otherwise, more after the jump!

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