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Walking on Clouds: SkyDiving in Vibram Five Fingers KSOs

Awesome Vibram Five Fingers KSO skydiving photo. Bobby talks about swooping and skydiving barefoot and in KSO Vibrams.

Not only can you hang glide in Vibram Five Fingers, but Bobby (@ultrajumper on twitter) snapped this photo of a friend skydiving in his black Vibram fivefinger KSOs!

Before I started swooping, I jumped barefoot, and if I still did I would definitely wear my KSOs. After introducing some skydiving friends to the FiveFingers (which I wear to strengthen my feet for ultrarunning), they went out and bought their own and now they jump in them, hence the picture from this weekend. …

The picture was taken above Skydive Delmarva in Laurel, DE. I have a video and a still camera mounted on my helmet, so when I am out there in a group making formations (in this case we were “freeflying”, or flying vertically, to make our formations), I sometimes get interesting pictures like this one. I purposefully was trying to get a close-up shot of his feet in freefall since he was wearing his KSOs and the sky was looking extra nice that day. I’m pleased with the end result. Kinda gives a new perspective on the whole “freedom” aspect of VFFs.

A fantastic photo. And if you’re like me, and don’t know much about skydiving, you might appreciate the explanation of “swooping” that Bobby provided:

High performance landing in skydiving is called “swooping” and basically involves initiating a hook-turn that builds up speed so you “swoop” across the ground at 60mph or so, just inches above. Sometimes needing to put a foot down as a brake, and with divots in the landing area, I am more comfortable with regular shoes for jumping just in case.

Thanks for sharing with us, Bobby! Also, see Bobby’s flickr photostream!

By Justin

Justin Owings is a deadlifting dad of three, working from Atlanta. When he's not chasing his three kids around, you'll find him trying to understand systems, risk, and human behavior.

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