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- Men's Vibram M1485 Five Fingers KSO Black-Grey-Camo
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Voted ?»????Most Popular?»???? for its versatility. Over the last two years, the KSO has become our most popular model for men for its unbeatable comfort and versatility. It features a thin, abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide and breathable mesh upper that wraps your entire forefoot to ?»????Keep Stuff Out.?»???? A single hook-and-loop closure helps secure the fit. The non-marking 3.5mm Vibram?»???? TC1 performance rubber out sole is razor-sipped for enhanced flexibility and a sure grip on wet or dry surfaces.
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Then I participated in my first mud run.
Running on uneven ground, in the wet and engaging in obstacles completely changed the running game. I was immediately craving something more minimal that put me in better touch with the terrain and didn't need to be duct-taped on to prevent losing them in some muck pit. Since I toe run anyway, everything pointed towards getting a minimalist shoe to approximate barefoot running. I chose the Vibram Fivefingers KSO.
I ended up having to send my first pair of Fivefingers back even though I'd followed the online sizing guide. As a male with a foot measurement of 9.5" the recommendation was to actually go with the womens KSO in the 39W size, which I ordered. Unfortunately they ended up not being wide enough so I had to go up to the 40M. Wearing performance toe socks with the the 40M size makes for a perfect fit for me.
Everyone that I'd talked to said that making the switch to a toe shoe would be easier since I was already a toe-runner. And they were right! The first workout with them I did my normal distance and felt almost no discomfort. However, the next morning getting out of bed and touching my foot the floor my calves lit up with sharp pain. Without the arch support of traditional running shoes, your legs have to compensate for the landing impact even more which translated into a rather intense workout for the gastrocnemius. It took about 2 days to work out the tension and get back to running, and even then only about 1.5 miles. As such I would recommend the following for anyone considering the switch to Vibrams:
1. Go easy on the distance with your first workout, do 25% of your normal distance even if you don't feel any discomfort at the time.
2. Build yourself back up to your normal distance over the course of 3-4 weeks.
3. Do extra calf stretches after your workout.
4. If you still want to do your full distances during the transition period, do the first portion of your run in Vibrams, stop and switch back to traditional shoes and finish out.
Vibrams on a Mud Run
- better feel for the terrain
- less weight on your feet for climbing obstacles
- easier to get toes into footholds for wall climbs
- much easier to swim in
- less protection from sharp stones (your feet will get tougher and this will lessen)
- less padding when jumping down from obstacles, but really you should be using your legs to absorb the impact anyway
A few words about the product I received:
My Vibram Fivefingers KSO 40M came with the left shoe strap having an "extra" twist on the portion that binds the strap to the heel before it goes through the grommet. Likely an oversight at the factory that took about 3 minutes to unbind and re-thread. The soles are holding up very well against a 50/50 combination of asphalt running and grass/trails. I regularly get the shoes damp running in Florida afternoon showers and they haven't shown any signs of deterioration yet. Since they are a combination of rubber and various synthetics cleaning is as simple as running them under a hose and letting them dry on a shelf.