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Vibram FiveFingers Shoe Review

Discover the Alternative: Vibram FiveFingers

Vibram FiveFingers

They are  just as ugly as real feet, with a bit more color. The real question is are they comfortable?

More importantly: if it’s super comfortable, does it really matter what they look like  If your footwear is vibram fivefingers , call it whatever you want – your feet are happy either way.

Vibram fivefingers features:

  • 4 mm EVA midsole offers plating protection from (stone bruising)
  • Lightly cleated 4 mm Vibram rubber out sole for improved traction(SWEET)
  • Soft kangaroo leather upper wraps forefoot to “Keep Stuff Out” (no little pebbles getting in)
  • Kangaroo sock liner for soft comfort against the skin (it’s like you aren’t even wearing them)
  • Strong and tear-resistant upper with outstanding breath-ability (yes you can get them wet)
  • Protected by Aegis Microbe Shield to inhibit odor
  • Strengthens muscles in the feet and lower legs
  • Increases sensory reception important to balance and agility
  • Encourages forefoot strike and a more natural running form that creates less impact on the knees, hips, and lower back
  • Best for trail running, fitness walking, light trekking, and travel

sole of vibram fivefinger shoeIt’s hard to argue with the fact that your feet were designed by a greater designer to handle the pressures of walking and running around the earth without wearing padded shoes. In other words, most sneakers are messing with mother nature’s plan for your feet — to be unshod and free. Why do you think people lover wearing sandals so much. But have you ever tried hiking in sandals? Well if you haven’t all it takes is one pebble getting logged between your toes to get you to think other wise. so try vibram fivefingers you might get hooked on them.

I use this product to explore backcountry trails of Utah. I am able to walk very quietly and with surefooted confidence.I can find no fault in using these shoes. I routinely wear sandals but the vibram fivefingers give a feel for the trail that I have never experienced. I have heard them called a glove for your foot. I totally agree.

The one thing I haven’t done yet is wear them while mountain biking. Currently I wear a pair of Keen’s that I have broken in just right. So, as soon as the snow melts and I can get out I will be pulling these bad boys out and giving them a try.

So who are these shoes made for?

Men, women, kids? I would have to say mainly men. But, my sister in law begs to differ. Just a few weeks ago we had a warm spell and were able to get the kids out and go for a hike. She wore hers through the mud and all. She said that the wetness and cold did seep through more that a regular shoe. Here opinion is that they are for women as much as men and that she will continue to where them Rain Sleet or Snow.

As for kids. I don’t think my kids would leave them on.

Oh yea and she loves the looks people give her at the grocery store.

Pro and Cons

vibram fivefingers look pretty ugly but are super comfy.

I have only gotten one blister on the inside of my big toe from wearing them, at the time they were brand new and had not been broken in yet.

COST: They range from 75 to 130 USD this is a typical price for this quality of shoe. Some times you can find them on sale for less. Expect to pay somewhere in that range for them.

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2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Ravnic - February 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

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Yeti/Fox factory Team

The Yeti / Fox Racing Shox team, perennially one of the strongest mountain teams on the circuit, announced its World Cup and national teams today.

Current World Cup 4x Overall Champion, Jared Graves will anchor the World Cup team and will be joined by rising star and fellow Aussie downhiller Shaun O’Connor.
The national team is deep in talent and will feature two current national champions – Ross Milan (4x) and Mike West (Super D) and a deep pool of young downhill racers including Tyler Immer, Eliot Jackson, Joey Schusler, Chris Boice, and junior Richie Rude.

The Yeti / Fox Racing Shox Factory Team has consistently produced top World Cup talent. Yeti president, Chris Conroy, credits this to the development system they created five years ago.

“We are committed to finding and developing young talent,”
Conroy said. “We have invested significantly in our World Cup and national teams so our riders get great coaching, strength training and mechanical support to help them reach the next level of the sport.” Shaun O’Connor, who finished 17th overall on the World Cup circuit last year is stoked to be riding on the Yeti / Fox Racing Shox Factory Team,
“I am really excited to be on the Yeti program,” O’Connor said. “I was looking for a team that would allow me to grow as a rider and improve my racing… the Yeti program is a perfect fit.”

Jared Graves, who has raced on the Yeti program for the last seven years, will race the full World Cup schedule in four cross and race select downhill races as well. “Jared is one of the best all-around riders in the world. He’s always the man to beat in four cross and this year he’ll compete in downhill again,” Conroy said. Graves has a bevy of bicycle racing honors, including four cross World Champion, Australian Olympic selection for BMX (he finished 5th) and countless domestic titles in downhill and four cross in the United States and Australia.

Three new riders join the National Team, already stacked with local talent Joey Schusler, (Boulder, Colo.) and Chris Boice (Keystone, Colo.). Tyler Immer (Rancho Mureita, Calif.), Richie Rude (Redding, Conn.) and Eliot Jackson (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) are fast and talented.

All three raced their first pro races last year and quickly made a name for themselves. Most notable displays of their natural talent include Immer’s third place at 2010 U.S. Mountain Bike National Championships, Jackson’s qualification at World Cup #5 Val Di Sole, and at 16 years old, Richie Rude’s first place in the Eastern States Cup Series overall. The National Team looks to litter the podium at regional races; select Pro GRT races including MSC #5, Wildflower Rush; U.S. Open; USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships and World Cup races in Canada and the U.S. “I’m excited about the new National talent coming up. Our program is about discovering new riders and this year we have a lot of new, young talent with a lot of potential,” said Damion Smith, Team Manager.

The team will be training under James Wilson of MTB Strength Training Systems. Wilson’s program has steadily become recognized as the premier mountain bike strength training system, and has been accredited for some of the top riders’ strength progression in the sport. Shaun Hughes is returning as Team Mechanic for the National/World Cup team after a great season last year. Damion Smith going on his sixth year as Team Manager, continues to manage the race programs. The team will be racing the best equipment in the sport: Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, DT Swiss, Schwalbe, 661, Jett Designs, Topeak, WTB, Sunline, e13, ODI, Chris King and Motorex.

Yeti Cycles is a rider-owned high-end mountain bike company, based in Golden, Colorado. The company has twenty-five years of racing experience and focuses its product development on making racers go faster.

More Info about the team

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