Comment from: BJ [Visitor]

Just from the pictures, I'm very skeptical that extra "grip" will do anything in practice. Most of the the grip benefit I get while wearing KSO's is because I can feel the ground better and adjust my balance or footing quickly.

Of course, the new moulding will help sell more shoes, which is the point.

06/17/09 @ 09:36
Comment from: mc [Visitor]


I'm intrigued by the winter wear version in particular - my *hope* is for a gortex version really (you know, vegan friendly but especially - weatherproof. Living in the UK) but am thrilled. If they manage not to slide vigerously on icy surfaces even better.

And ok, if they made a calf height boot version well, my world is complete :)

the glove also looks lovely - this has been in the works for awhile apparently.

Am keen to see if these add yet another level of neurosis to our collective fitting angst :)

we will make them fit, one toe at a time.



06/17/09 @ 13:30
Maria  Coryell-Martin

Thank you for the tips! I'm intrigued by the new models. My KSOs are great for hiking and running (and their broader coverage helps keep grit out)- but they are chilly in the winter even when I wear socks. I wonder if the Grips might be an improvement.

06/17/09 @ 13:33
Comment from: Barefoot Ted [Visitor]
Barefoot Ted

I am currently testing the Trek and am VERY impressed with this shoe as a long-distance trail shoe.

Have you ever run 100 miles through the mountains in a pair of VFFs? I have. It gets tough...especially at night when you are tire on rocky ground.

The people at Vibram are thinking deeply about what they are doing...trying to preserve the flexibility and feel that is necessary for tapping into the incredible system of movement we have inherited from our ancestors while at the same time facilitating a more comfortable ride...just like all great indigenous hunter/gathering footwear does...less is more...but enough is good...and in certain terrains, this shoe will be a great solution...and is sure to help continue the amazing footwear paradigm shift we are currently witnessing.

In the end, I want to encourage people to barefoot when and where they can...the growing popularity of the VFF continues to my mind...the ultimate validity of the foot as-it-is. The biomechanics fo the foot are preserved and not hindered. Warmth and a little protection from the harshness of certain trail realities...thank you Vibram.

BFT...el mono

06/17/09 @ 14:14
Comment from: Tim Grahl [Visitor]  
Tim Grahl

Was thinking of getting the KSOs but now I'm going to hold out for the Treks for my trail running!

06/17/09 @ 14:27
Comment from: Chad Randolph [Visitor]
Chad Randolph want those Treks! They would come in handy for those runs where the ground turns into gravel, such as the upcoming Grandfather Mountain Marathon. I love my KSOs, but might like the Treks even better.

06/17/09 @ 14:59
Comment from: mhnmf [Visitor]

About the pricetag: Probably won't be as hefty in the US. In Germany even the KSO cost roughly 146$.

06/17/09 @ 17:42
Comment from: Luke Radl [Visitor]  
Luke Radl

These look awesome, and I especially love the Treks, but I'm really disappointed by the choice of material. As mc pointed out, I love that all the VFFs until now have been vegan-friendly and I had hoped that would continue. Maybe optional gortex in the future? I hope so, because I really want a winter trail running barefoot-shoe, and the Treks are damn near perfect.

06/17/09 @ 20:53
Comment from: mhnmf [Visitor]

What I just realized is that the new models, being made from leather, probably won't be as washable as the others. Beware of the smell!

06/18/09 @ 06:55
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

Very interesting. I would love a pair of year round ff's that were warm, waterproof (and not made of neoprene!), but the choice of suede is worrying. Not vegan friendly, and as far as I understand, you can't wash them, at least I thought suede didn't like water. Not good for a show tat gets as stinky as ff's.

07/06/09 @ 07:06
Comment from: Grok [Visitor]

I have been foaming at the mouth since you posted this. I can't wait to have a pair of both!

08/19/09 @ 18:05

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