Monday, September 21, 2009

Vibram Five Fingers: KSO's

This is going to be my maiden post here at Ren Outside (RO). Please feel free to leave a comment or add some input as you see fit.
I plan on giving some unbiased gear reviews, as well as reviews on various outdoor activities, locations, etc. The reviews that I post here will not only be my own, I also plan on calling upon friends and fellow outdoor enthusiasts from time to time. I hope that this will put a spin on things and offer varying views and different takes on similar subjects. My goal will be to help other folks that are researching different aspects of the outdoor lifestyle.
So, sit down, take a load off bear witness to what I have to share today:


I came across these unusual shoes about a year and a half ago. I had stumbled across the VIBRAM name as I was watching videos and footage from a Parkour training camp (an amazing display of balance, finesse, and agility). Then October of last year I finally received my first pair.
WOW. Every blog and review I read about these "shoes" offered tales of altering steps and strides. I had no idea how right they were. It took a while to get used to the feeling of "barefoot" walking and running without the pain associated with uneasy terrain. But once I was able to get past the tender footsteps, I could notice a more natural stride and a more comfortable jogging and walking cadence. I plan on trying these out on more varied terrain. With this I anticipate that there should be almost no difference, aside from sheer impact when traversing from grass to hard trails and finally to asphalt. I should have a follow up in a few weeks with more in a more in depth review. Stay TUNED.