Vibram Five Fingers Very Premature Review
Yes, yes, I know I vowed to abandon Vibram awhile ago. I just couldn’t resist the urge to try out their new Komodos. They look pretty cool, which was one of the reasons I was tempted. The color scheme matches my school’s colors, so I plan to wear these to work on occasion. Gotta have school spirit!
Anyway, here are some very preliminary thoughts:
- I think these are the best looking Vibrams to date, hands down.
- The fit is much closer to KSOs than Bikilas, which is good. I hate Bikilas… the fit just didn’t match my foot.
- These puppies have some serious cushioning. They have an insole that’s glued into the shoe that appears to be about 4mm of EVA. I may try removing it later.
- The tread pattern is about as aggressive as Bikilas.
- Flexibility and ground feel are about on-par with the Trail Gloves and Minimus Trails… maybe slightly better. Removing the insole may increase both.
I really bought these for a specific run I have planned- a 30 miler on sub-freezing roads. My preferred road shoes, Lunas, don’t provide quite enough traction if I have to jump in a snowbank. My older KSOs are either one size too small or one size too big. My Merrells still wouldn’t be great for that long of a road run, and everything else I have just doesn’t work very well for me.
This run should give me plenty of opportunity to test these as a feasible road running shoe. If they work, they would fill one of the last voids in my toolbox of minimalist shoes.
Simplifying for Charity
Shelly and I are continuing to eliminate our possessions in preparation for our RV adventure. About a third of our stuff is garbage and we throw away, which is enough to sour us on the wastefulness of consumerism. Another third is either given away or donated. Another third has some significant value. Instead of just donating, we decided to sell it on ebay.
I’m not a fan of the logistics of selling stuff on ebay, so I recruited my friend Dave to help. He volunteered to list and sell the items. Dave is involved in raising money through our local running store (Striders in Grandville, MI) and will be donating half of the sale price to this cause. The program is called the A-T Army, and they raise money for ataxia-telangiectasia research.
I like the idea of our simplification plans helping others, especially children. I am donating my half also. The entire sale price of every item will be going to this A-T Army Project. If you have a hankering to buy my old stuff, click on the link below.
Dave will be listing my stuff over the next few weeks. Most of the stuff is paintball-related or sweet-ass toys from the 80′s (Transformers, G.I.Joe, He-Man, etc.) The proceeds go to a great cause and it helps me simplify.
My Western States training has been close to non-existent over the last month or so. I think I’ve managed about seven runs during that time. My motivation had been crap… until we had a brief warm-up here in Michigan. Temps reached 50°. Like clockwork, my winter doldrums were replaced by a sudden powerfu urge to eat well, begin crosstraining, and run. Of course, we then got hit with a snowstorm. Still, some of that motivation remains.
I don’t plan to follow a training plan, but will begin regular running this week. I’d like to put up a big mileage week as a jump-start. I should get a good boost from a planned long run today, so we’ll see what the rest of the week holds.