Best five fingers for road and trail

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  1. Woodsman

    Woodsman Barefooters
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    I'm looking into trying out the Vibram five fingers. My usual runs are a combination of road and trails (nothing too technical) many of the trails are gravel which is doing a number on my feet, when hit that one piece of gravel that's bigger then the others just right.

    Anyway, can anyone recommend which Vibram 5 fingers is good mixed surface runs? Or any shoe really, I'm open to suggestions.

    I was using sockwas the gravel portion, but I think its putting to much abuse on my old feet.

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  2. Gordon

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    Vibrams are very foot dependent. If you have an average foot, great. If they're narrow or wide, thin or thick, or if you have Morton's Toe, they may not fit well, so try them before you buy them. I have Morton's Toe and thick narrow feet. I find sandals much more comfortable. I'm partial to Lunas. With socks, I can even wear them in the snow when VFFs are hopelessly cold.
    Edited to add: I also find Merrell Vapor Gloves to be really nice. Basically, they're VFFs without the dork factor. Like VFFs, they will get quite stinky, so wash early, wash often.
     
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  3. Woodsman

    Woodsman Barefooters
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I actually went and ordered xero shoes trail sandal (forgot the name). I haven't ruled out vffs for the future, but the sandals seem better for the summer.

    As you said, I want to find a place I can try on the vffs. The size charts seem to be all over the place for my foot size.

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  4. Gordon

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    Where sandals let me down is in wet, muddy conditions. A closed shoe works better then.
     
  5. flammee

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    KSO EVO might be ok, if you have been able to run on gravel with sockwas. Twice-thrice thicker, but still not very thick. Impossible to say if they are good for your use though, depends on how you feel... V-trail is probably too thick and V-run has softer sole that doesn't work too well on gravel, when sole softens too much. Foot reacts better to pointy gravel when sole of shoe is thin rubber than when it's thicker soft eva. With thicker and softer sole there seems to be more pressure when stepping on pointy things without foot reacting and lightening that step.
     
  6. Bill B

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    My El-X work good on trails, unless it super muddy.
     

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