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Discussion in 'Gear & Footwear' started by Barefoot TJ, Jan 31, 2013.
Not to mention how fast and easy they are to slip on.
yep...I have the KSOs...just too hot for my feetsies...
My comment was really that I'm not concerned about having a light pair of VFFs as weight is not my primary concern.
Now if I can just find a cooler pair....sounds like the El-X might be worth a try.
My local rei did not have them a few weeks ago when I was there and apparently just got them as they had them when I went in yesterday.
Can't tell I'm excited about these El-X, can you?
yeah...we have a store called "Playmakers" here with a stellar return policy (very similar to REI's).
Might be worth a try. Now to convince the Mrs. that I really do need a new pair even though my KSOs are in perfectly good shape...
My normal is size is 43 as well, but all my pairs could be a bit more snug. I was at REI and tried on 41 of the EL-X, too small. A 42, I think will be perfect, but they didn't have a 42.
The only reason I was able to go get these is because I just got some back pay finally from the military and then my wife just went and spent $131 on make up. Who knew make up was so expensive?
What'd you think of the flexibility and minimalness of them Adam?
I was impressed with the flexibility. I was on a rug so didn't really get to experience full hand how minimal they are. But according to Vibrams, the EL-X is their lightest, and most minimal model out there. I have some gift cards to REI, so I am hoping they start to carry the all black model
Ya, I would like the all black model but the model they carry isn't horrible when compared to a lot of vibrams loud and obnoxious colors. I think I will like the traction as well for our mild trails here. They should be perfect for what I need them for.
The Seeyas are nice as in there is only a thin layer of fabric mesh(it appears to be mesh, I haven't wore them on a long time but that's what I recall)on top of the shoe so there is plenty of ventilation.
Looks like the See-ya LS are super light too. I haven't seen those locally yet as it seems like a lot of the places have dumped all vibrams and are barely carrying minimalist shoes now. Kind of weird actually but I know there has been a lot of attacks on barefoot and minimalism from the Oregonian and other media here so maybe that plays a part in it. I was shocked when I went into roadrunner yesterday to find they had no vibrams and are trying to move away from the "barefoot shoe" to just lower drop but thicker cushioning minshoes. (I hate using those terms)
luckily our local store is into the min shoes. Some of the employees are avid minshoe runners.
I have tried so many shoes and have been so disappointed that I decided to stick with the biks. I think the el-x or the seeya might be worth a shot. For non vff I think maybe the xero shoes. I have another 1000+ miles before the biks wear out so won't be trying anything soon.
Ok so after some more walking around, probably a mile or two's worth this afternoon, I can say I need to try to size down in the el-x, which has me worried. I tried on my normal 43 yesterday but they felt a little tight, but maybe they'll loosen up as I wear them??? The 44 were just a little big but fit my toes right, but in walking around today I noticed the heels having issues of slipping part way causing me to step on the fabric of the heel. If I were in my normal 43's this wouldn't happen, but then the toes and upper felt a tad tight... What to do what to do...? Thank God I got them at REI so they will have no problem with me exchanging and annoying the clerk till I find a pair that fits right. I wish they had normal colored speeds there because I would swap for those in a heartbeat (my current speeds are orange and green and obnoxiously loud). Can't have too many of the vff's that actually fit and you like.
Does anyone has experience with the womens see-yas? One more week before I'm going to buy my first vvf, I'm so excited! Thinking of the kso or maybe the see-yas now I've heard how hot the kso's are. I live in the tropics at the moment so...
try the women sizes...I hear they are just a fraction different...you might find the size you are looking for.
Zetti, they don't make a womens El-X. This is a mens only shoe. About time they made a mens only shoe. Today I will go and try the size 43 again and if it doesn't fit right or adapt to my foot after a few minutes of walking around the store I will just have them order a pair of the black vff speeds for me. I love those shoes and to have a normal color looking pair would go a long way towards happiness with the wife when we go out in public.
oh yeah...I think you said that somewhere in this thread....
hope it works out for you!
Well, I tried the 43 today in the El-X again and the toes are fine and my foot length felt fine, but unfortunately for my wide feet the rubberized banding was too tight even after walking around for 5-10 minutes in them in the store. No worries for me though, I just got another pair of the speeds. I love the look of this pair, reminds me of my old Vans or Pumas I used to get way long time ago. I got the blue and white pair which look very sharp. These will be my everyday shoe while my other pair of speeds (orange/green/yellow) will be my running and gym shoe. I love how they feel so comfortable right from the very get go. I would love to get the all black speeds to just because I want as many of these as I can before Vibram discontinues them. These are the only model that really seem to fit me really well.