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Old 24 June 2008, 08:13
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Biomechanics of Running, Five Fingers Merged Thread

Anyone use them? Just bought a pair to see how they feel. Wondering if there is any downside to training (running/crossfit) with them.


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Old 24 June 2008, 12:11
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I wear them now almost all of the time. Being in the Teams, we (at least the guys in my platoon) would always want to run around bare foot and were always getting yelled at for it... We always wanted to be in pt shorts with no shirts and got yelled at for that too...

Anyways, I got my pair about a month ago and I do everything in them from run 400 M sprints to just about any Crossfit workout that doesn't involve jumpropes ( they sting a bit at high speed). Otherwise, like I said, all training in them when I have to wear shoes. If given the option I still go barefoot though.

There are a lot of really cool videos of guys running in rocky terrain in them, some others doing parkour, although that isn't really my scene.
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Old 24 June 2008, 13:02
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I've been checking them out for a couple months. There are guys running marathons in them. May have to buy a pair.
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Old 24 June 2008, 13:58
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Anyways, I got my pair about a month ago and I do everything in them from run 400 M sprints to just about any Crossfit workout that doesn't involve jumpropes ( they sting a bit at high speed). Otherwise, like I said, all training in them when I have to wear shoes. If given the option I still go barefoot though.
My feet sweat alot, is that going to be an issue wearing these?
I guess one could cut out the toes on a pair of low socks, and tape around the balls of feet so they don't slide around.

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There are a lot of really cool videos of guys running in rocky terrain in them, some others doing parkour, although that isn't really my scene.
How well do they hold up/last in a rocky environment?
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Old 24 June 2008, 14:32
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Do they come in hetero?:D
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I'm definitely going to have to procure a pair of those for testing. They look comfortable as hell.
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My feet sweat alot, is that going to be an issue wearing these?
I guess one could cut out the toes on a pair of low socks, and tape around the balls of feet so they don't slide around.



How well do they hold up/last in a rocky environment?
They fit very snug. Not tight. I ran a few miles through Central Park in them and they felt fine. My feet and calves are not used to it yet but it was a unique feeling.
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Are these endorsed by Ashida Kim? :D
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No, but they come in ultra gay. :D
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http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/pro...ducts_Flow.cfm

I like the Flow. They're suggested for Cold Weather Running, Light Trekking, Climbing, Bouldering, Canyoneering, Fitness Training, Martial Arts, Yoga, Pilates, Sailing, Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Surfing, Flats Fishing
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Anyone know the difference between the TC-1 "performance rubber," and the GM-50 "grip rubber," in the "Flow?"
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Easy to break toes in that, no? Oh, and make that 'uber-gay'. :D
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My flats boots are a lot tougher than those. Somehow I don't think that'll stop the sharp pointy stuff from going through your feet...

The Five Fingers look comfortable, but I'd hesitate to wear them in the heat and anywhere you need serious cushion in the sole. I imagine that they'd be really good for beach running...
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Those would be an excellent addition to my gorilla suit.
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Wondering if there is any downside to training (running/crossfit) with them.

I specifically asked about these when I was at the Crossfit Run endurance cert. Brian Mackenzie, the ultra marathoner who runs the endurance cert said that he has two pairs and he highly recommends them. I run in racing flats right now, but I'm going to pick up a pair and give them a whirl.
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I specifically asked about these when I was at the Crossfit Run endurance cert. Brian Mackenzie, the ultra marathoner who runs the endurance cert said that he has two pairs and he highly recommends them. I run in racing flats right now, but I'm going to pick up a pair and give them a whirl.
Good info. Thanks.
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My flats boots are a lot tougher than those. Somehow I don't think that'll stop the sharp pointy stuff from going through your feet...

The Five Fingers look comfortable, but I'd hesitate to wear them in the heat and anywhere you need serious cushion in the sole. I imagine that they'd be really good for beach running...
They are not designed for the combat or construction zone. The heat is is fine. I bought the Flow in black, ran when it was 85ish with humidity and all was good. Over 100 degrees and there may be concern but I have no contact with that environment. BTW, when you run with those on people look at you like you're an alien. My calves and feet are very sore today. My NB's never leave me in this condition but the 5Fs made me run on the balls and mid sole of my feet. No heel first running. I felt fast and light on my feet. I am neither.
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Chirunning will be all the rage now.

Hey, someone had the forethought to make socks for these things.



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They are not designed for the combat or construction zone. The heat is is fine. I bought the Flow in black, ran when it was 85ish with humidity and all was good. Over 100 degrees and there may be concern but I have no contact with that environment. BTW, when you run with those on people look at you like you're an alien. My calves and feet are very sore today. My NB's never leave me in this condition but the 5Fs made me run on the balls and mid sole of my feet. No heel first running. I felt fast and light on my feet. I am neither.
I live in San Antonio, where we have 100º+ heat pretty routinely. As soon as my pair gets here, I'll let you know how they do in this kind of heat.
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Someone tell Frodo his shoes have been stolen!!:D


I know, I know, don't knock em' till you try em'. I was at Backwoods just last week when these things caught my eye. Then the hippie chick that works there comes over wearing the ones I'm holding and is telling me all about them when my cell phone rings and as soon as I hang up she starts in on about how bad cell phones are for the environment.
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