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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: For us nothren folk, what do you wear in the winter? on: September 17, 2015, 01:45:07 PM
I wear the Vivobarefoot Boxing Boot and their Off Road Hi, as well as Bikila Evo WP for running.
2  General Category / Feet and FiveFingers Accessories and Alternatives / Re: no toe pockets on: September 03, 2015, 12:15:24 PM
I like Vivobarefoot shoes when I don't want toe pockets.
3  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hello from Boston on: July 09, 2015, 12:53:09 PM
They named the Bikila after a Abebe Bikila who ran (and won) the 1960 olympics marathon barefoot.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Looking for shoes with TRUE zero arch support on: June 16, 2015, 06:26:46 PM
[half-joking] Have you tried sandals?
  Grin Grin Grin
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: how many minimalist shoes do you have so far? on: June 09, 2015, 12:34:33 PM
Those last 3 are nice finds, I'll look on eBay a little more myself...
6  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Re: Any hope for my SeeYa LS on: June 04, 2015, 12:50:06 PM
No surely not normal. I don't see how these could be repaired unfortunately...I don't have the SeeYa, but I know it is especially thin. Coincidence, one of my older models of Classics' sole just happened to become unglued from the upper (on a toe) last night. First time in the 4 years and 22 Vff's. I do wear them a lot and wash them regularly, but I was kind of bummed. I bought Shoe Goo online and I hope I can repair them as they otherwise are in great shape.

My Bikilas EVO WP also ripped right behind the ball of the foot (there is a flex seam there which seems to have been poorly designed), I got them fixed with a piece of leather glued inside this week, I hope they will still be waterproof come winter...
7  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Ordinary shoes hurt! on: May 25, 2015, 01:08:13 PM
Of course. If it's not completely flat shoes, or actual high heels, so basically just a small heel under an inch and a half, pain starts. Next day I'll be in the early stages of plantar fasciitis.
8  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Hi, from Canada on: April 07, 2015, 03:04:05 PM

I am in Canada, Montréal. I don't like the Spyridons either, they just don't fit properly. I loved my Treksports and hiked all the way to the Grand Canyon in them. Now If I hadn't bought those Spyridons I would go for the new Trek Ascent.
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: New Shoes! Alitza Loop, Alitza Breathe, Trek Ascent, etc on: March 23, 2015, 05:56:39 PM
Yeah, I am pretty crazy about the Trek Ascent LR, but I just bought Spyridons LR (of which I hate the color and fit) so I can't justify an other hiking shoes. If I had known...
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hiatus, and a new running buddy! on: February 04, 2015, 01:03:51 PM
Good to know you guys are also animal lovers. Good luck with your pups and keep rescuing.  Wink
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hiatus, and a new running buddy! on: February 03, 2015, 12:55:13 PM
Good to know. And he is truly gorgeous. But maybe a rescue next time? Just saying. As much as I would love a Bengal cat for example, I can't justify leaving a rescue cat to die if I could take him in. Of course I can't force everybody to do the same, but I am putting the idea outthere as often as I can. Pls don't hate me.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Hiatus, and a new running buddy! on: February 02, 2015, 12:54:58 PM
He is magnificent. Such a serious little face. He looks like an old soul. Were you able to make sure that he is not out of a puppy mill but a responsible breeder? Nothing is more important to me in life than the welfare of animals.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bikila Evo WP - waterproof Evo for snow? on: January 21, 2015, 01:00:25 PM
Nimue, I am usually W40 in Vff's, also W39 for some. The WP is more than big enough in W40, only a little tight at the toes width wise because of the thick socks, and I have a longer second toe that pushes the end of the toe pocket. The other toes don't touch the end of the pockets.
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bikila Evo WP - waterproof Evo for snow? on: January 13, 2015, 01:20:14 PM
Sorry Nimue, I don't have the XC. But I wanted to add, I ran yesterday and the toes become numb with cold early on, but they warm up after running continually for about 20 minutes. You won't lose a toe, is what I mean.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bikila Evo WP - waterproof Evo for snow? on: January 05, 2015, 03:59:34 PM
Hey guys, received my Bikilas Evo WP and tried them in rough conditions twice already so here are my observations:

- Look: they look extremely well made, sleek, seamless, the color is very attractive and the zipper all but disappears. The fabric is very thin and flexible, it feels like a light rain coat or a thick windbraker with thin fleece inside; the sole is rather thick but it's necessary to isolate from the cold.

- Fit: I wear W40 in most of my Vff's like the Bikila LS or Classics, but I am often between a W39 and a W40. The W40 for the WP is perfect for me even with thick merino Injinjis, although the toes are a bit snug width wise. There is a speed lace right under the zip and a velcro at the ankle, so they can be adjusted at will.

-Flex: they are extremely flexible on top, the sole less so, but then again they need to isolate you from the cold and they have pretty impressive lugs for traction. To me they are still better than the 3 mm VB Evo II I was using because the uppers are so much more flexible, and my toes are free. They are very lightweight.

-Warmth: uppers are not very warm so you NEED the socks. You also need the socks anyway because the waterproof material does not breathe at all, so your feet start sweating right away barefoot (and my feet never sweat normally). The soles protect well from the cold. So all in all quite comfortable with socks and when continually running. On my second run, some toes became lightly numb, but I had to walk instead of run a lot of the time because of the uninterrupted ice here in Montréal everywhere after an ice storm yesterday.

-Grip: on pure ice, as with any other shoes except metal spikes, no grip at all. On a mix of snow and ice, or on snow, very good traction from the soles and compounded by the fact that I can use my toes.

-Waterproofness: excellent. I ran though mud puddles, water puddles (enough to cover the shoe), slush, snow, they remained perfectly dry inside. They also remain very clean, nothing sticks.

-Overall: love them, they are the answer to my prayers, I can finally run in the winter without having to say goodbye to toe shoes for 4-5 months.
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