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« on: August 10, 2009, 10:04:47 AM »

So , I did a short (~2.5 hour) hike in my KSOs yesterday.  It was an out-n-back on a section of the AT near our house.  This was the first time I was in rough terrain in my VFFs and I have mixed feelings about the experience. 

Most of the section of trail was very rocky.  My partner was in regular hiking boots and had to keep on waiting for me, as I had a much slower pace.  I did not consider this a bad thing, as we weren't in a hurry and slower means you can see more interesting things. However, it took me quite a while to not stare at the trail immediately in front of me.  If any of you are mountain bikers, you know that learning curve.  You cannot stare at your front tire or bad things happen.  I think the same rules kind of apply here.  I was not seeing any of the wonderful surroundings during the first part of the hike because I was staring at my feet.  Once I got a bit more comfortable navigating the rocks, I could look around more and enjoy the hike more.  During really rocky parts, I did have to pay much more attention to foot placement though.  I did have a moderate toe stub at one point and another time I came down pretty hard on a pointy rock with the ball of my right foot, but that was the extent of painful incidents.  The pain from both did not last too long.

In addition to being the first hike with my VFFs, it was also my first hike using trekking poles that I had gotten a year ago. VFFs and trekking poles are an excellent combination!! If I had to take weight off of a foot, the poles offered some much appreciated support.  It was a great combination of gear in my opinion.  When the hike was over, I decided that when we hike that section of trail again, I'll most likely be in my Vibram boots, not KSOs.  But if we hike trails that are less rocky, I will definitely be in my KSOs.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2009, 10:12:30 AM »

My husband had the same problem with rocks and his KSOs. I'm looking forward to the Treks and can't wait to try them out, but I'm not throwing out my hiking boots just yet. There's just something about having dry feet and wearing wool socks. I don't know how waterproof the Treks will be.
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2009, 11:12:46 AM »

I've hiked portions of the AT in Southern PA in my sprints - it was fairly clean, though. Are you talking about the area of the AT around Cunningham Falls? I've run that portion and I can attest that it is quite rocky!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2009, 11:20:35 AM »

I had a similar experience last year when I hiked at a local state park.  Some of the trails were VERY rocky, and I had to adjust to a lot of sharp rocks.  I expected my VFF to rip any second, but it never happened.  A year later, they are still going strong.  The next day my soles were a little tender..lol!
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2009, 11:29:45 AM »

This was in Maryland, starting from the Reno Monument parking area (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM45DJ_AT_Intersection_with_Reno_Monument_Road) near Boonsboro. Its only about a 15 minute drive from our house, so it is very convenient.  We can also park at another close point of interest, the Civil War Correspondent Memorial Arch (http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/gathland.html), but that tends to be a bit more congested.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 01:56:46 PM »

Did a 2+ mile hike this past Sunday, truly barefoot.  I brought along the VFF KSO shoes just in case, but ended up not needing them:

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009, 08:32:18 AM »

Did a 2+ mile hike this past Sunday, truly barefoot.  I brought along the VFF KSO shoes just in case, but ended up not needing them:



What was the terrain like?  I think that I would be very hesitant to go barefoot unless it was a nice smooth trail. 
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2009, 01:59:03 PM »

Have you ever run in VFFs on gravel?  It's kind of a scary/shocking experience at first, but it's also one where the less you think about it, the more relaxed you get, the better you tend to function.

You kinda got at this point with the reference to mountain biking.  I think part of the key to looking ahead on MTB is that you're not so focused on the immediate stuff you're rolling over -- you relax into the minutiae of the terrain.  In a way, you start to trust your feet to do the micro shock absorption adjustments instead of your eyes. 

This is coming from someone who is just getting into trail running, but so far that is been my experience.  I also like to think I'm some kinda deft/swift/agile ninja when I'm running through the woods -- lots of little and quick steps -- think "i'm light and agile" that kinda thing.  Is that as goofy to read as it is to type?

Two things I've read/watched on this subject that might be of help:

Scott Jurek (ultra trail runner) on the subject -- note he wears shoes:



And then this write-up on zendreaming:

http://zendreaming.blogspot.com/2009/07/gravel-gravel-gravel.html
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2009, 08:54:07 PM »

This was in Maryland, starting from the Reno Monument parking area (http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM45DJ_AT_Intersection_with_Reno_Monument_Road) near Boonsboro. Its only about a 15 minute drive from our house, so it is very convenient.  We can also park at another close point of interest, the Civil War Correspondent Memorial Arch (http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/gathland.html), but that tends to be a bit more congested.


Ah - OK . I haven't been out there before but I've heard good things about the area. (Well, I've raced in boonsboro, but never been to the AT there)
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2009, 12:25:44 AM »

Did a 2+ mile hike this past Sunday, truly barefoot.  I brought along the VFF KSO shoes just in case, but ended up not needing them:




What was the terrain like?  I think that I would be very hesitant to go barefoot unless it was a nice smooth trail.  


The terrain looked like so:




My 8 year-old daughter and I.  She has a pair of taupe/clay KSO's as well...

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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2009, 12:37:24 AM »

Nice pics. Wish we could go barefoot down here in south Texas. There are too many mesquite bushes with those killer inch thorns and cactus everywhere. Not to mention rattlesnakes.  Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2009, 12:54:33 AM »

We have that up here too in North Texas.  I just came back from Austin actually today.  I hiked the trails around Lady Bird Lake barefoot as well while I was down there...
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2009, 12:59:35 AM »

This is just a weird observation, but your pinky looks really short compared to your other toes!
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2009, 01:04:37 AM »

Now we have a foot critic  Roll Eyes

Have you seen Barefoot Ted's stubs?  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2009, 08:44:45 AM »

haha I haven't. And I'm not being critical. Was just something I noticed. You can critique my feet if you want. They're really small with a high arch haha. I wear a men's size 40 and tried a women's size 39, but it sucked the life outta me.
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