Comment from: Henning [Visitor]

What about Newton Running Shoes?

07/23/10 @ 11:01
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]

You should check out the Inov-8 line of minimalist running shoes, basically cross country flats that are very light, not 3.6 oz, but for trail/road running they're very nice IMHO. I've been running in them for years now after transitioning from beefier trail shoes. While definitely not barefoot like, they are low profile with minimal heel-toe drop and are extremely flexible (by design). For roads I'd recommend the F-lite series, for trail I'm a big fan of the X-Talon or RocLite series...

07/23/10 @ 11:15
Comment from: Ben [Visitor]

What military training are you doing that you can't wear Vibrams? My squadron allows me to wear Vibrams during PT.

07/23/10 @ 11:22
Comment from: Lindsey [Visitor]

I realize that, Ben, but it's been gone over before. I am just not interested in the extra grief associated with unconventional footwear in a training environment (emphasis on "training environment"). I achieve similar results with these flats, so for training I will go with those until I'm at my first permanent assignment.

07/23/10 @ 12:02
Comment from: leaves [Visitor]

Lindsey, what's your designator? I tried for AF OTS, but didn't make boards and was picked up as SNA for Navy last year. Due to a fracture, i'm not re-applying so that I can get back to OCS. good luck!

07/23/10 @ 12:58
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

Not sure about "racing flats" as they are not flat. There is still that elevation gap from heel to toe that strikes me as odd. Yes it's a lower profile, but still a decline.

And for a bit more than KSO Treks you can look into Terra Plana Barefoot Evo's.

07/23/10 @ 13:04
Comment from: [Visitor]

I wanted to add to what Rob mentioned. We also carry the Inov-8 shoes and I personally own 4 pairs. I have the F-lite 220 and 230, as well as the x-talon and roclite 285.
I can tell you that they are introducing a new style that they released at the crossfit world games last weekend in California. This is in the F-lite family and its called the F-lite 195. Its 195 grams which is about 6.8 ounces. Not as light but they have 3 mm differential which makes them super low profile. They wont be in stock in our warehouse until around august 13th. You can pre-order them now before they are gone until November.
For people looking for something with a little more padding the F-lite 230 is there best low profile selling shoes. They are 9mm in the front and 15mm in the back. They have a 6mm differential which really helps to keep you on the bal of your foot. I hope to have Justin do a blog on these when we have them in stock.

07/23/10 @ 13:11
Comment from: FRED [Visitor]

Wearing racing flats as minimalist shoes is OK for me. I'm a VFF user but I also wear Zoot Ultra Speed and Adidas Adizero Adios. I found out that although the VFF are perfect for long distances races (such as marathon), they can't compare to racing flats for shorter races such as 10 km (which I'm not able to run under 40 minutes with my VFF but at 38 minutes with my adizero).

07/23/10 @ 13:24
Comment from: Shawna [Visitor]  

Lindsey, thank you for the review of the Mizunos. I've been curious as to whether a dedicated VFF wearer could make the transition back to "regular" shoes. My brother went through OCS last year and I understand your reluctance to rock the boat while there. It's hard enough. Thank you for your service to our country.

07/23/10 @ 17:06
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

The Saucony Kilkenney is a much better choice for a cross country flat. It is lighter and more flexible than the shay. unlike most x-c shoes, it does not have the extreme curve up in the front to put you on you toes. I've used the Kilkenney for years as a minimalist walking and running shoe. And it retails at an easy $49.95.

07/24/10 @ 15:35
Comment from: Breathless [Visitor]

As I was reading, I said:
"Darn, and here I have a pair of Saucony Grid Type A4 coming tomorrow."
Then, I read your last comment...
Looking forward to the review.

I just sent pairs of KSOs & Bikilas back that were too small.
And I may be kind of a self-conscious wimp about the attention level of the VFFs.
They Saucony seemed like a compromise (4mm heel drop, fairly light)

If they don't do it for me, I'll look at the Mizunos...

07/26/10 @ 19:23
Comment from: Breathless [Visitor]

Follow-Up: I now realize that the coming Saucony review was from Brit, not Lindsey.

OK, what about the Asics Piranha SP 3?
According to the Running Warehouse site, the Mizuno has a 9mm rise in the heel versus a 4mm rise in the Asics.
But, the Asics is 1.1oz heavier and the forefoot pad is 10mm vs 6mm.

The closest I've come to running in these type of shoes is the Nike Lunaracer 2 and I can't recommend it.
The heel is still too prominent for me.
And, perhaps it's imagined, but I think the lugs jutting out of the forefoot mess with my balance.
I like the flexibility, weight and the upper though.

I'll receive the Saucony tomorrow, in the middle of a 106degF heat index.

07/27/10 @ 00:37
Comment from: Angelo V [Visitor]  
Angelo V

If the military training your doing is run by the Army, then those shoes are not allowed because by Army standard, racing shoes are not allowed, so if you want to be honest, because you probably won't get caught try something else, like the vibram, because that is in no way a racing shoe, and is becoming more accepted in the military day by day.

07/29/10 @ 11:43
Comment from: Ralph [Visitor]  

The Mizunos are my favorite running shoes and I have been alternating between them and VFFs for the past year. My only complaint with the Mizunos is that the sole is more like hard plastic than rubber, which gets slippery on smooth concrete, especially if there is a little sand on the concrete. Anyone have any ideas why they don't give them a sole similar to the VFFs? It seems like that would be a huge improvement.

07/29/10 @ 22:37
Comment from: Rachelle [Visitor]  

I run in my BIKILAS and im active ARMY. :) showed my commander and he always wanted those and my 1SG is a fan too! lucky me. i wear the white injinji socks witht he logo hidden by the bikilas. yeee just bring them to PT in hand and throw some knowledge behind it.

08/05/10 @ 11:04
Comment from: Harry Hollines [Visitor]
Harry Hollines

Just a clarification. The Mizuno Wave Universe 3 only has a 4mm heel differential and not a 9mm heel differential as reported. In fact, even on the site, they've revised the specs and report a 5mm heel differential, so it's basically the same as the A4. I used a digital caliper to verify the 4mm heel differential.


01/03/11 @ 08:31
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]

Harry is right- the thickness of the heel is a shade over 10 mm- the toe about 7, making a drop of 3 to 4 mm.

01/24/11 @ 20:34
Comment from: John [Visitor]

Had to get a more regular looking shoe for the Army, love the Mizs and doing 7-9 miles 3x a week in them. VFFs for my charity runs still, but the Mizs are great. Highly recommend them.

03/24/11 @ 09:52
Comment from: SkinDaddy [Visitor]

when will you do a review on the zemgear 360 rounds?

11/09/11 @ 00:54

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