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 on: July 12, 2015, 04:18:58 PM 
Started by TMG - Last post by TMG
I treated myself to a brand new pair of evo's while on vacation, as I LOVE my old KSO. Well we went to a water park and I guess I didn't have my feet up enough on one of the slides and it melted a hole in 'em.  Any suggestions on how I could repair them? I know vibram probably wouldn't warranty them as it isn't a defect. Kinda bummed  Cry

 on: July 09, 2015, 03:12:18 PM 
Started by phs - Last post by Mr. Leigh
it looks like the KSO has been withdrawn in favor of the KSO EVO?

Yes, the original KSO has been discontinued.  I heard a rumor that they would re-release it in black only along with Classics, in 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of the original five finger sole.  If you can't wait until 2016, then the KSO EVO is a laced version of the EL-X and has a very thin and flexible sole.  Some actually prefer it over the original sole.  As nowster mentioned, the Bikila is geared more as a running shoe with a slightly thicker sole.  The Bikila EVO is a new version of the Bikila with a little more padding.  If you are looking for less padding, then the original Bikila may be a good choice.  If your form is good and your soles have been holding up fine on your other pair, just a fabric wear issue on the toes, then the KSO EVO would be a great choice.  I really enjoy mine, however I am no runner.

 on: July 09, 2015, 12:53:09 PM 
Started by phs - Last post by Horse Rider
They named the Bikila after a Abebe Bikila who ran (and won) the 1960 olympics marathon barefoot.

 on: July 09, 2015, 08:07:27 AM 
Started by phs - Last post by phs
Thanks very much for this explanation and advice.  It looks like what I am looking for is the EL-X or KSO -- but it looks like the KSO has been withdrawn in favor of the KSO EVO?

 on: July 08, 2015, 02:05:47 AM 
Started by phs - Last post by nowster

The Bikila models have a much thicker sole than the Classic, with an extra layer of EVA.

The original zig-zag siped sole is on the KSO (same thickness or maybe a tiny bit thinner) and on the Sprint (a bit thicker).

If you want to go really thin and flexible, try the EL-X or the KSO EVO.

(EVO might mean "Evolved")

 on: July 07, 2015, 10:18:47 PM 
Started by phs - Last post by phs
I have been running with the Classic Five Fingers (M108) for the last five years, switching occasionally to barefoot in the summer. But over time, I have gone through two pairs of the Classic because the the cloth on the inside of the big toe has worn out.
Today I learned that the model is no longer available.  I am trying to figure out what model comes closest to replacing the Classic.  The multitude of styles is very confusing. It looks like I should be looking for a Bikila Evo (what does Bikila mean?).  Has anyone else had to manage the switch from the Classic to something similar?
Or perhaps I should try to try to have the cloth repaired?  So far, my makeshift solution has been to wrap the torn toe in black electrical tape!

Advice is welcome.  Thanks.

 on: June 30, 2015, 09:29:28 AM 
Started by Piemaster - Last post by Mr. Leigh
IMHO it is a boneheaded move on Vibram's part to re-release the one color that was most prevalent and in actuality is still available in some places.  I bought my pair for $40 brand new from one of the major VFF retailers.  They are abundant in nearly all sizes on eBay.  I can't see anyone flocking to pay full price for a boring re-release that will not differ from the original.  Some of us die hard classic fans will probably pick up a pair as a spare, however I don't think Vibram is going to see a resurgence of people interested in a color that they very likely already own or have passed on due to lack of interest.  I think they should have came out with some wild and crazy, never before seen color, something else a little more gimmicky or unique, or something akin to the KSO remix with multi-colored fabric.  I'm glad that they are sticking to the original design, and not incorporating the flimsy heel cup that they used for the Olympic version.  My worry is that the re-release will flop, only reaffirming in Vibram's mind that it was a good decision to discontinue it in the first place.  Vibram really missed an opportunity to regenerate interest in this great model, again just my opinion.

 on: June 29, 2015, 06:18:58 PM 
Started by Piemaster - Last post by barefootin
My wife is plenty happy with the black...  Besides, she's the one that prompted the response from Vibram  Grin   

 on: June 25, 2015, 11:53:42 AM 
Started by Piemaster - Last post by Mr. Leigh
Some of my classics leave an indent in the top pf my thick feet.  Over time the elastic stretches and it lessens.  I have a pair of classics with the elastic cord removed, bought them used on these forums, and they are the most comfortable pair I own.  I will likely pick up a black pair and cut the cord on them.

Sprints are good too.  Never dig in since they have no elastic.  Just wish the straps were a little longer for stretching across my thick feet.

 on: June 25, 2015, 11:40:53 AM 
Started by Piemaster - Last post by Piemaster
Not had any problems with wear on the denim/yellow classics. Think I've had them for 4 years - summer use only ('summer' being a UK 'summer' and dry days) mostly just general wearing and walking.
I've got a pair of the GB style Olympics too - also very worn. Different heel cup to the normal classics.

@nowster you can of course dissent on the Classic / EL-X debate. You'd  be wrong..but you can dissent  Tongue

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