At Outdoor Retailer this year Vibram had a lot of action at their booth. Probably because of the surge in popularity that they have seen lately. The reps from Vibram wouldn’t let me take any pictures (must be some top secret stuff), but they did show me all of the new styles along with the old ones and gave me some information to take home with me.
Vibram Five Fingers is a revolutionary footwear design that allows our anatomy to work naturally and move more freely. According to Vibram, Five Fingers is footwear that can actually help make the foot healthier, that can strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs, improve range of motion and increase sensory reception import to balance and agility. Vibrams make running safer and healthier, by encouraging forefoot strike and a more natural running form that creates less impact on the knees, hips and lower back. After running for many years and being injured, Vibram has my attention. Whether you are trail running, road running, or cross-training, Vibram Five Fingers has a style for you. Here are the styles that Vibram has in store for Men to go running in:
NEW Men’s Vibram FiveFingers Komoto Sport (pictured left): (MSRP $100) Vibram FiveFingers has raised the intensity with the Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport. This aggressive multisport design inherits what we love about the KSO with functional improvements that appeal to the most active fitness enthusiast. For the first time ever, Vibram introduces a stitch-free, seamless 2 mm footbed to reduce friction. Heel and instep hook-and-loop closures help secure the stretch nylon upper to the contours of your foot-just like a second skin. The KomodoSport wouldn’t be complete without a 4mm Vibram 4mm TC1 performance rubber outsole which provides the grip and protection needed for a variety of cross training activities. These shoes are great for running and fitness.
Men’s Vibram FiveFingers KSO: ($85.00) Over the past two years, the KSO has become the most popular model for men due to its comfort and versatility. A thin, abrasion-resistant, stretch nylon and breathable mesh upper wraps your entire forefoot to “Keep Stuff Out,” and a single hook-and-loop closure helps secure a fit. A non-marking 3.5mm Vibram TC1 performance rubber outsole is razor-siped for a sure grip, and a 2mm EVA insole enhances plating protection and comfort. These shoes are great for light trekking, climbing/bouldering, running, fitness, after sports, water sports, yoga and pilates.
Men’s Vibram FiveFingers Sprint: ($80.00) The lightweight and open design of the Sprint has made this model a long-time favorite. Adjustable hook-and-loop closures across the instep and around the heel deliver a comfortable, secure fit. A thin stretch nylon fabric comfortably follows the contour of the foot. And a flexible, non-marking 3.5mm Vibram TC1 performance rubber sole is razor-siped for improved flexibility and slip resistance. These shoes are great for climbing/bouldering, running, fitness, after sport, water sports, yoga and pilates.
Men’s Vibram FiveFingers Bikila: ($99.95) Unlike any running shoes on the market today, the Bikila was their first model designed specifically for a more natural, healthier, and more efficient forefoot strike. While many folks have been running in their Vibram FiveFingers for years, the Bikila is their first model designed specifically for a more natural running experience. Built on an entirely new platform, the Bikila features a Dri-Lex covered 3 mm polyurethane insole (thickest under the ball) and a 4 mm anatomical pod outsole design that offers more plating protection, and distributes forefoot impact without compromising important ground feedback essential to a proper forefoot strike running form. A more athletic padded collar and topline, a single hook and loop closure, 3M reflective surfaces, and tear resistant TPU toe protection finish off this breakthrough design. These shoes are good for running and fitness.
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