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Author Topic: Sorry Vibram, I am just a brute who is hard on his gear.  (Read 3106 times)
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« on: November 23, 2009, 10:47:05 PM »

I blew up a while back saying Vibram was a bad company because I never got an e-mail response after my KSOs tore. I called them a few days later after my angry post and they had a replacement pair of KSOs out to me in less than a week. I tore those too, in the same EXACT spot. I called Vibram and asked them what I should do, they said some people put stress in odd areas on their feet and said I should reinforce it, or bring it to a licensed Vibram dealer and they'd repair it and reinforce for me. I said I could probably manage myself and set to work on my beloved battle armor.

I looped some black thread back on itself to double the strand, then tied a few hearty knots and set to work repairing the damaged spot. I made close tight passes slightly under the original thread zone. More fabric to grab onto means the area can handle more stress when stress is acted upon the area, after one pass I tied it off at the end then went back over it with 1/2 the loops, tied it back through the starting point and ran a lighter over the area to tighten/fuse the threads.

I have yet to test my repaired battle armor out, but here is my handy work. It's ugly as hell, but it looks strong to me!

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 10:49:24 PM »

Maybe you should try another color other than black.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009, 10:57:25 PM »

I like black, it matches everything. And the blood doesn't show up as much on black. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2009, 11:00:49 PM »

I like black, it matches everything. And the blood doesn't show up as much on black. Grin

Your blood right? Otherwise really scary.  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2009, 11:01:26 PM »

Mostly mine.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2009, 01:24:26 AM »

Oh you and your sacrificial rites  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009, 01:39:16 AM »

Us Pagans need the dark colors so the blood is less noticeable.  Wink

It's interesting because that happened on my black KSO's as well. In the same spot, no less.

Please do let me know how it holds up.


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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2009, 10:16:56 AM »

Hey, if I'm not bleeding at the gym I'm not working out hard enough.
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2009, 10:29:21 AM »

Is that an actual tear, or the seam coming loose?  I had the seam come loose in what looks to be the exact same area on both my left and right KSOs in under 1 month of light use (mainly just walking).  Fortunately Vibram was really good about sending a replacement as well.  I think it's probably a manufacturing or design flaw, as many people seem to have had a similar issue.
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2009, 10:26:52 AM »

LOL at the blood!  Cheesy
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