Comment from: Jen [Visitor]
Jen

I wonder if the woolen classics will shrink if you wash them?

Is coconut fiber stroger than the synthetic material they use now?

02/14/10 @ 12:30
Comment from: Grok [Visitor]
Grok

Vibram.... you're killing me! Too many cool shoes coming out!

02/14/10 @ 12:46
Comment from: Rana [Visitor]  
Rana

If they're made from SmartWool, they shouldn't shrink; it's merino that's been treated so that you can machine wash it without shrinkage.

(I'd be a bit more concerned about pilling.)

These look really great, and I'm glad that there are more monochromatic color schemes.

How "grassy" is the green wool Classic? On my screen it looks like late-autumn grass - mostly yellowish with a slight olive tint.

Any word on the release of the women's Treks?

02/14/10 @ 15:35
Comment from: Kevin [Visitor]
Kevin

Ah, those blue and gray 'roo Sprints look awesome. I wish they would change the tightening system to that of the KSO's though, with a single velcro strap rather than 3.

02/14/10 @ 16:49
Comment from: rebecca [Visitor]
rebecca

Love these! Especially the blue and grey sprints!

02/15/10 @ 05:06
Comment from: Brett Bumeter [Visitor]  
Brett Bumeter

I have a pair of 6 month old KSO's and a pair of Treks.

The KSO's will start to stink UNLESS you wear socks. Wear socks and the issue goes almost completely away. :)

I bought the Treks, mostly for cold weather myself, and also wear them w socks so haven't had an opportunity to see if they stink sans socks.

In general Vibrams are MORE FUN without socks, but cold feet is no fun for anyone

~she put the lime in the coconut . . .

02/15/10 @ 14:47
Comment from: Michael W. [Visitor]  
Michael W.

I am immediately drawn to the texture of the Green Smartwool Classics. My first thought is that wool has a tendency to be itchy. I'm wondering if irritation may become a problem. But if you're wearing a pair of injinjis underneath this may be a non issue.

ive never heard of this coconut fabric. they are really trying hard to make Vibrams guilt free?

I just really want to touch the fabric overall.

02/16/10 @ 01:00
Comment from: robb. [Visitor]
robb.

smartwool isn't itchy in my experience. i have a smartwool shirt that feels great on my skin. i also have a patagonia wool shirt that is meant to be next to skin. it's also very comfortable and not itchy.

02/18/10 @ 09:52
Comment from: Rana [Visitor]  
Rana

The very thing that makes Smartwool "smart" is also what makes it un-itchy. Basically, natural, untreated wool, being sheep hair, has little scales on it. So when you wash a regular wool sweater in hot and cold water with agitation, the scales grab each other and hold tight, making the sweater "shrink." Those same scales are what makes wool itchy.

Smartwool is a trademarked version of wool (usually very fine grade merino) that has been chemically treated to remove the scales. It's therefore safe to machine wash (though I tend to line-dry all my woolies because dry heat can damage it in the long run) and shouldn't itch (unless you're genuinely allergic, which most people aren't).

I have a growing collection of fine merino shirts and underwear, and I practically live in them - soft, breathable, unstinky.... total love.

02/19/10 @ 02:17
Comment from: Mackenzie [Visitor]
Mackenzie

Wow! Absolutely love these new designs, and the trend toward more natural fabrics. The designs are getting sleeker and more attractive too, and FINALLY we'll have some more color combinations available that are a little more understated. (I would buy any of the models pictured here in a hot minute.)

I've never been crazy about the more open sandal-type shoes like the Sprints and Classics, but those first two look great. And wool VFFs sound like just the thing for indoor use. I guess I'd better start saving my money now... ;D

03/03/10 @ 15:13
Comment from: Anastasia [Visitor]
Anastasia

Oooh, give me the green classics! These look really warm and the texture is very nice looking. I'd buy them in a second if they come in grey, heather, or a yellow hue. Can't wait, when do the winter shoes release?

03/03/10 @ 20:26
Comment from: Andrew [Visitor]  
Andrew

The Smartwool Classics look great. Ultrafine merino is a wonderful material next to the skin - it's non-itching, warm in the cold, cool in heat, wicks sweat and doesn't smell with prolonged wear. I've tramped in Icebreaker merino underwear and used the same stuff for a few days on the trot and it still feels and smells fresh. So a great choice of material for Vibram.

Actually, 'roo skin Sprints look pretty cool too. If they come in more neutral colours I may end up with 2 more pairs to add to my black KSOs...

04/11/10 @ 04:10
Comment from: rose [Visitor]
rose

I am soooo happy about the new smartwool classics - classics are my favorite model, and I have lots of merino wool clothing that I run, climb and travel in. Sounds like a good combination!

I am also really glad to see that there seem to be more monochromatic colors schemes - black is a bit too serious, but i'm not a fan of highlighting the toes too much either - i like to be able to wear them all the time, everywhere, without drawing everyone's eyes to my feet.

I hope that those green smartwool ones will come in women's sizes - they are just what i've been waiting for!

08/03/10 @ 14:01
Comment from: just can't wait... [Visitor]
just can't wait...

Can anyone tell me when the pink and black womens trek sport will be released? I have been thinking about the black, but not fond of black shoes.

08/26/10 @ 22:36