Comment from: jigamo [Visitor]  
jigamo

Thanks for the review, James. Were you in State College visiting someone, or are you from the area? I've been living around State College since 2007, and there are a ton of places to go if you're into trail running or hiking.

01/04/12 @ 13:12
Comment from: james [Member]  

@jigamo: I was visiting my sister and her family. I'm used to the flat sandy surfaces of Florida so steep and rocky was a nice change of pace.

01/04/12 @ 14:14
Comment from: Dylan [Visitor]
Dylan

A couple hundred miles in the ATS already?! Thanks from the Luna team for such a thorough review. Luna loves BirthdayShoes!

01/04/12 @ 14:23
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]  
Nick

Thanks for the review, wish it would have come out a few days earlier though. I just ordered these a couple days ago and still waiting for my order. I don't really run trails a lot but here in the Pacific NW it gets soggy a lot and things flood where I run pretty frequently and I need a sandal with traction for the sole and grip on the footbed. These are much thicker than I wanted or need (I typically run barefoot) so hopefully in the future they will make a thinner model that has traction on the bottom and grip on the footbed. I did the custom sizing as well on the ATS.

I have homemade huaraches that are amazing for dry but when wet they are horrible and they aren't overly great for trails either. Hopefully the ATS will fill my need.

01/04/12 @ 15:25
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

Are these sandals suitable for high mileage type runs? (12-17)

thanks for the review, thinking about buying a pair of ATS

01/04/12 @ 17:38
Comment from: james [Member]  

@Chris: Assuming your feet are already conditioned for that kind of distance in some kind of sandal, then yes. I've gone on a number of 10 mile runs with no problems at all. I doubt a few more miles would make any difference.

01/04/12 @ 22:54
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

Thanks for the reply. I am up to around 12 miles in VFF (sprints usually- sometimes bikila). What are the major differences between sandals vs. VFF?

Thx again- Chris

01/05/12 @ 12:30
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]
Nick

@Chris, huaraches(sandals) let your feet move even more naturally than the vff's as your toes are not restricted by material. Depending on the huarache and your lacing method you may not feel as stable and secure as you do in a normal shoe or vff. The type of running you do can also affect the stability as well. I typically run barefoot or in huaraches because I have less pain and can run more naturally and I feel very stable and comfortable this way. Plus I am a very warm blooded person and my feet get hot and sweaty easy in shoes and barefoot or huaraches let my feet breath. Hope this helps explain them a little bit.

01/05/12 @ 14:20
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

So your feet dont slide around at all when using these sandals? I have this idea that when running the things start sliding around making it uncomfortable.

01/10/12 @ 14:17
Comment from: james [Member]  

@Chris, my feet don't slide around at all. Once properly adjusted (snug, not too tight), your foot is locked into place. Keep in mind that the laces are designed for running and not lateral motion. If you were doing excessive lateral movements, you would properly shift a bit in them. However, running is no problem at all.

01/10/12 @ 20:44
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

Luna has discontinued the ATS, fyi. I was told that the ATS lacing is still available on the Leadville (but it doesnt have the nonslip footbed). Thought I would relay that info.
thx- Chris

01/27/12 @ 12:10
Comment from: Mats [Visitor]
Mats

Anyone knows why they have been discontinued?

I thought they said in a recent news letter that the ATS is the best selling Luna Sandal to date.
And they've only just been introduced.
Strange..

Anyway, got my pair in the mail today.
Looking forward to trying out them out on the trails.

01/31/12 @ 19:01
Comment from: james [Member]  

@Mats, From what I understand, they were discontinued because the the application of the footbed to the sole proved to be problematic. Whatever it took to do it, I think it was worth the effort and I would pay a few bucks more for the trouble. They are holding up well for me. There is a little bit of separation along the edge, but nowhere near anything which would cause a problem.

01/31/12 @ 21:06
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

I wanted to mention that with the ATS lacing/strap, the cost of this sandal is $100 (the ATS add-on is $15). Sorry but that price seems kind of crazy to me.

02/01/12 @ 13:08
Comment from: Mats [Visitor]
Mats

@Chris

I agree, 100$ is pushing it a bit.

S I'm happy that I got the ATS *with* the non-slip footbed for 85$ instead of spending 100$ while they were still being sold.

The Pah Tempe from Unshoes seem like a good option if you are looking for a really secure trail sandal. They seem quite similar in many respects and cost 65$.

Good review here:http://importantbutnotatall.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/pah-tempe-long-term-test-part-1/

02/06/12 @ 17:46
Comment from: Gautham [Visitor]  
Gautham

Thanks for the wonderful review. I just ordered the Leadville with ATS lace with naked top. Hope this is good for Trail and road running. Plan to do half and full marathons. (Have run few Halfs and one full Marathon). I am moving in from an Asics shoes to a barefoot for the first time. any suggestions?

08/10/12 @ 06:35