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« on: January 23, 2015, 05:36:26 PM »

Hi,

i am new here. I am from Hungary, and i have been running in minimalist shoes for about a year.

I would like to ask you to recommend me a Trail Glove alternative. The TG's sole is my absolute favourite one, but there is an extremely painful hot spot wearing this shoe. At the edge of my left foot's side, at the 5th metatarsal joint there is a pain what makies me stop (i can't run with it). I cant' use this shoe unfortunately. Maybe the hard rubber protection layer caus it. So i decided to find an alternative one. Other Merrells i have are okay (Mix Master & Ascend Glove, but would prefer a more minimalist style). I also really like the NB Minimus 10v2 (but miss some another features compared to TG).

Those are my needs about this shoe (what i like the most in TG):
- zero drop
- wide toe area
- lightweight (under 7 oz)
- some protection for rocks (Trail Glove has excellent)
- flexible
- firm sole with less cushion (dont realy like soft ones)

I found some options but i dont know them: VFF' are too barefoot (I'm not enough prepared for that), Skoras (the vegans), and Topos are interesting. Vivos also, but i have read that they are quite heavy.

If you can recommend me some, it would be great, thanks  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 08:42:41 AM »

In the VFF range, the Spyridon MR has a firm, uncushioned sole, very good rock protection (I ran down a path made only of small rocks in them in the summer).

If you've already transitioned to zero drop shoes, you shouldn't find them hard to wear.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 12:24:53 PM »

Fortunately Spyridon LS series are available in here. I will try, thanks!
I will also check what is the difference between LS and MR.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 02:50:46 PM »

By the way what are the Five Finger models recommended for trail running? Could someone explain it? Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 06:19:20 PM »

By the way what are the Five Finger models recommended for trail running? Could someone explain it? Thank you!
Current range:

Spyridon LS/MR
Speed XC
KSO Trek Sport

Previous:

Trek
Trek LS
Lontra

Of those, the Spyridons have the greatest rock protection (stiffest sole) and the chunkiest sole tread (it's like a monster tyre).

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New model, just spotted:

Trek Ascent
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       Bikila Evo WP; M47: Speed, Classic (too big)
Non-VFF: 46 Merrell Tough Glove, 47 VB Synth Hiker
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 07:51:53 PM »

+1 for the spyridon , i did 25 km trail running in the snow this morning with spyridons.
the tread pattern on the kso and bikila are fine for road use , but slippey on muddy tracks

I have been running in minimalist shoes (VFF) for just over a year , i now have progressed to 25 km training.
the first 42 km marathon 9 with obstacles is planned in may...

i love to run obstacle runs,  the spyridons have proved to be perfect.
i once tried a run with my KSO's , and was shocked by the lack of grip in the mud

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2015, 04:13:15 AM »

Thanks all! I am glad that there are more option. It is just good to know.

My observation is that secure running on slippery mud is much more depend on posture and technique than the shoe's grips.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2015, 07:12:10 AM »

The only time I've fallen in VFFs was when wearing KSOs (ie. smooth sole) and was trying to catch a dog that had slipped his lead, stepped into a slimy muddy patch at an angle and ended up landing on my bottom.
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VFF: M46: Classic, KSO x4, Trek x3, Trek LS, Treksport x2, KMDSport, EL-X, Bikila LS, Spyridon MR, Flow, Signa, Speed x2, Sprint (fake?), KSO EVO,
       Bikila Evo WP; M47: Speed, Classic (too big)
Non-VFF: 46 Merrell Tough Glove, 47 VB Synth Hiker
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