Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

These are a no go for me. I am not interested in anything with the trek sole. I think these look good from an aesthetics standpoint, but I will not buy them because of that darned Trek sole. If they had put a Spyridon sole on them, then we'd have a serious shoe worthy of consideration. I am glad they did away with the orange accents and went with a more muted gray.

08/14/12 @ 13:11
Comment from: Attila [Visitor]
Attila

what kind of insole is it? if its like the regular speed, then i won't like them much. i wish they had leather insoles.

08/14/12 @ 13:25
Comment from: admin [Member]  

They are leather insoles.

08/14/12 @ 13:33
Comment from: Attila [Visitor]
Attila

like completely leather on the inside?! not like the trek ls where the front is fabric? thanks! that makes me want them even more!

08/14/12 @ 14:46
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

IMO the trek ls is probably the best looking vff ever. This is a step backwards. Maybe it's different in person, but from the pictures, the leather looks lower quality (not sure if it is, but it looks that way) and the big bright labels don't help. Not sure in what way this would be considered an improvement on the trek ls. Let's not have change for its own sake, Vibram.

08/14/12 @ 17:39
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]
Ted_S

Having fewer seams in the toe pockets and over the instep than the Trek LS, these might conform more easily to different foot shapes. Seams usually resist stretching, and tend to rip if forced.
The finish on the tops of the toe pockets, where the rubber sole meets the leather, looks a lot cleaner than on other leather models. I wonder if the finish inside the toe pockets on the seams is also cleaner, i.e., does not have excess leather jutting out past the seam, potentially snagging toenails. This was a problem with the KSO Treks, at least on the first production runs.

08/15/12 @ 01:46
Comment from: bisaya muleng [Visitor]
bisaya muleng

looks interesting..not digging the color hehe

08/15/12 @ 03:18
Comment from: M [Visitor]
M

I like they got rid of the orange, but not really happy to see a giant yellow logo on the tongue. That pretty much takes this back down to sneaker level and removes any formality the colorway might have otherwise had.

Also not a fan of the Trek sole. It's really too bad you can't somehow choose your sole as an option. I'd pick the original TC-1 all... day... long...

Then again, I'm not spending very much time on anything other than dry grass, asphalt/concrete, carpet, or hard flooring (wood/tile/etc).

08/15/12 @ 12:05
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]
Jason

twitteling my thumbs waiting for the XCs.
I liked the orange.

08/15/12 @ 22:28
Comment from: James [Visitor]
James

Look great, if I didn't already have two pair of Trek LS (black and brown) I would hit up REI for these. Thanks for the review!!

08/16/12 @ 17:02
Comment from: Russ Gaddy [Visitor]
Russ Gaddy

The all-new VFF Speed LR's are nothing more than an updated version to last year's Trek LS. The shoes look the same except the half-moon at the beginning of the toes pockets of the Trek LS have been replaced w/ a nicer more subtle looking squared shape on the new Speed LR's. The soles on both shoes are exactly the same as is the placement of the Vibram logo. The ring eyelets for the shoe laces of the Trek LS have been replaced w/ a gray fabric loop. The flat cloth laces of the Trek LS have been replaced w/ a rounded, nylon lace that appears extremely long. There is a gray accent piece where the heel cup meets the shoe.

Overall, I was disappointed in the Speed LR's. The few changes/upgrades does NOT justify spending another $140 for basically the same shoe.

08/19/12 @ 19:30
Comment from: edh [Visitor]
edh

I am getting sick of Vibram dropping lines and colors so quick. The entire LR has already been discontinued! I picked up a pair of LRs at REI this weekend for $32. Was fortunate they had my size. Normally the only VFF on clearance are 45's and up. The smaller sizes never seem to make to to clearance.

Also snagged a black pair of KSO Treks in my size for $30. First and only time I've ever seen my size on clearance and got over $230 of shoes for less than $65.

Still irritates me that my favorite VFFs are no longer made. (KSO Treks, Classics, KSOs in something besides black, etc.)

06/03/13 @ 11:15