Comment from: Julia [Visitor]
Julia

Not released in Europe yet? Oh, poo.

10/04/12 @ 11:47
Comment from: Bryan [Visitor]
Bryan

Oooooh yeah... just ordered my See Ya LS's. PS... if you're buying from Travel Country, be sure to use the 15% off promo code. SweetJuJu or something like that.

10/04/12 @ 11:59
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
Michael

you really need to put a "like" button on these posts! i've been waiting to get the lontra's ever since i heard about them! :)

10/04/12 @ 12:04
Comment from: kaioslider [Visitor]
kaioslider

Just ordered the Lontras. I'm a little concerned about the fit, I assume it'll be the same size as my other VFFs excluding the classics. The option was to wait for initial impressions from early adopters and risk not being able to find a pair come snow, or be an early adopter. I've been waiting for something like this for several winters now so when these were announced I knew I was going to purchase a pair.

10/04/12 @ 13:56
Comment from: Chronin [Visitor]
Chronin

Just ordered a pair of the Lontra. I've been waiting for these since I just moved up to Maine. Not sure how effective they will be but I figure they have the best chance. I don't want to give up wearing VFFs for half the year so I hope they will work.

10/04/12 @ 16:41
Comment from: John Corigliano [Visitor]
John Corigliano

Shouldn't the title be, Fall 2012, not 2013?

10/04/12 @ 17:24
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@John -- indeed -- just fixed it! I'm apparently a little ahead of myself these days :)

10/05/12 @ 10:42
Comment from: Mr. Leigh [Visitor]
Mr. Leigh

I can't wait to try the M42 See-Ya LS. I think they will be great.

10/05/12 @ 13:45
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Just throwing my opinion out there. Having tech rep'd for Vibram in the past, the Speed XC is vastly overpriced at $140 (even with water resistant material).

10/05/12 @ 13:57
Comment from: Sonya C [Visitor]
Sonya C

I have been waiting impatiently since the news broke about the Lontra. (I live in western Washington.) And now I see.... PINK?! Why in the world would Vibram assume every woman wants to wear "Princess Pink" as her footwear?

sigh

I've never before taken permanent marker to a brand new pair of $150 shoes... but this will most likely be the case.

10/05/12 @ 18:45
Comment from: Jeepman [Visitor]
Jeepman

For $150 Vibram can keep their Lontra. I've been running the last 3 winters in Flows. This will be the 4th year for this pair of Flows. Now that I know the ridiculous price Vibram wants for the Lontra, I'll be picking up another pair of Flows.

10/05/12 @ 20:47
Comment from: Yolee [Visitor]
Yolee

I have to agree with Philip on this one. The Speed XC is a bit pricey, looking forward for the review!

By chance does anyone know if VFF Bormios will be sold in the US market or have they taken them off? I am trying to find replacements to get me through the winter! The only place I have found them so far is in Europe.

10/06/12 @ 07:48
Comment from: nowster [Visitor]
nowster

@Philip: "vastly overpriced"? You wait until the prices in Europe are announced...

10/06/12 @ 13:35
Comment from: barefeet [Visitor]
barefeet

I called Travel Country to see when they were expecting the women's Lontras to arrive. They didn't know. I hope the 15% discount code will still be good by the time they arrive.

10/06/12 @ 15:28
Comment from: J [Visitor]
J

Been waiting all year on the Lontra. Now that its $150 forget it, its not worth it. I'll wait for a sale

10/07/12 @ 12:12
Comment from: Gene [Visitor]
Gene

I can relate to Sonya. I've waited for Lontra and Speed XC since the day the news broke and I'm sooo disappointed to see ONCE AGAIN that Vibram totally snubs all guys with smaller feet! As much as I really want these toe shoes, I can't bear to wear the frilly women's colorways for my 38-39 feet! I've been doing that for the past couple years with the 3 VFF's I already have. Hey Sonya, are there any drawbacks to using permanent marker on these materials?

10/07/12 @ 14:05
Comment from: Karla [Visitor]
Karla

Just bought Men's Speed XC at theshoemart.com but cannot find women's model anywhere. Anyone spotted them yet? I am so disappointed!

10/08/12 @ 02:24
Comment from: DJDeedle [Visitor]
DJDeedle

Alas, Travel Country's "free shipping" is not available for Hawaii and Alaska.

10/08/12 @ 13:27
Comment from: barefeet [Visitor]
barefeet

Karla, I posted this in a forum thread:

For women: I immediately went to Rei.com when I saw Upnorth's message. No women's Lontras or Speed XCs posted, either for backorder or not. I contacted Rei.com Live Help to ask about the women's versions and was told they should be in on October 28.

I asked about using my 20% off coupon for a backorder, and was told this:

Sure. Now that we are showing a date for the expected arrival of both models to our warehouse, you can give us a call at 1-800-426-4840 to use your member coupon for a backorder of either shoe. The item number you can reference for the Lontra is 837763. The item number you can reference for the Speed XC is 837764.
Jordan H: Is there anything else I can do for you?

10/08/12 @ 14:40
Comment from: kaioslider [Visitor]
kaioslider

My Lontras just arrived. First, these look good. I also want to confirm that the sizing seems to be spot on to my previous VFFs (KSO, etc.), which was my main concern - see above. These are by far the hardest Vibrams I've put on and I have several model and years of practice. Just walking around in them, they are very comfortable, but I can feel the added material, they are beefier and stiffer than other models I own, but that was to be expected. The true test, of course, will be when the temps drop and we get snowy/wet conditions. My first impressions are positive - I've been waiting for this for several years now.

10/09/12 @ 15:30
Comment from: A C C [Visitor]
A C C

Now waiting for a sale.

$110+ is off limits, that's luxury territory :P

Also, they have the Trek sole, so at best it'd be a replacement for Bormios.

10/10/12 @ 16:19
Comment from: barefeet [Visitor]
barefeet

UPDATE: I called the number the REI rep gave me to use my coupon on a pair of backordered Lontras. I was told that's not permitted. I then contacted REI on-line customer service again, and was also told that's not permitted.

Jordan H., whoever he is, was wrong.

I'm sorry if you tried this too. I'm disappointed. I was willing to go for the Lontras at $120, but $150? No.

10/11/12 @ 14:32
Comment from: Sonya C [Visitor]
Sonya C

Gene: I don't know if the permanent marker is going to work or not; I've always gotten solid black VFF's up until now. I remember reading several years ago that someone was using a marker to cover wear marks/thread on their KSO's.
I would wait for the next block of color selections to come out but I need the Lontra for this winter. I wore my old Merrell's the other day (wet) and it was distinctly uncomfortable.

10/12/12 @ 19:18
Comment from: Chad [Visitor]
Chad

just got the speed xc from rei today (only bought there since I had 20% off) - the color (navy) looks great - not as "blue" as the photos on website might suggest. I wear classics/treks everyday for work - so I needed a water resistant pair for the NorCal rainy season - so on looks they look great. I wear a 43M across the board (I have been wearing various pairs for over 3 years and these fit me best) and I typically wear injinji socks as well. The 43M speed xc fits fine - it actually seems a slight bit bigger in large toe box compared to other styles (and its a bit stiffer shoe). But while walking they feel great, not big at all. I will see how they hold up during daily wear in rainy season.

10/16/12 @ 18:11
Comment from: Kirstan [Visitor]
Kirstan

Really, men's are out already but not women's Lontra? Do we not run in fields or on trails at SIX A.M. with the dogs - even when it's 40 deg. and super wet out?

Jeez, VFF, get our Lontra's here, already!

xo Kirstan and the dogs.

10/17/12 @ 01:53
Comment from: Nick [Visitor]
Nick

Anybody know of a canadian retailer that is actually carrying the new models. More specifically the Lontra. I havent found any just yet.

10/24/12 @ 10:56
Comment from: Barefoot Andy [Visitor]
Barefoot Andy

Anyone know when the Lontras are being released in the UK? I have been looking for about two weeks now and no sign anywhere. They aren't even mentioned on most UK sites.

10/29/12 @ 07:59
Comment from: WALTER [Visitor]
WALTER

hola... amigo tu puedes hacer envios a colombia estoy interesado en unos vibram

11/09/12 @ 14:43
Comment from: Diana [Visitor]  
Diana

Have any women actually received a pair of women's Lontra's yet? I ordered mine from mountain gear over a month ago and keep getting told they are backordered, which I believe but am very frustrated they did not indicate this on the website when I ordered.

11/15/12 @ 16:24