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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Vibram FiveFingers: Next Generation Prototypes

Seen for the first time?


Notice anything different?



Barefoot Ted's gone off the deep-end with PROTOTYPE FiveFingers Sprint

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They look like sandals! Will the older type (which I like better) be discontinued?

Pieter H.
The Netherlands

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Pieter

Original FiveFingers are called Classic.

These are called Sprint.

BFT

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 
Blogger Paul said...

These look a lot more comfortable than the classic. I have to crank the cord down too tight on them. Looking forward to more news on it!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Careful Ted,
Before you know it you'll be lacing up.

Keith

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Keith

Remain calm. I will only use whatever works best.

I never imagined that I would be able to run 100 miles through the toughest mountains without some sort of foot protection.

It reminds me of the time the Tarahumara indians laughed at me when I ran barefoot through the mountains in Mexico. Sure, they could run barefoot, but they prefered to wear their sandals in the really tough areas.

My FiveFingers help me do what I could not do barefoot, yet these come as close as I can imagine to real protection with real feel.

If they had laces, I would happily lace them up.

BFT

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know how much these will cost?

I still like the old ones better....

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

No, I don't know how much they will cost.

I believe they will be available early next year.

BFT

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 
Blogger Papa Louie said...

Wow! They look so cool. Are they easy and fast to slip on? I wonder if they would be good for triathlons.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 
Anonymous eugene said...

Hi Ted,
Been following your progress since they mentioned you in Men's Health. Since that article I picked up some Vibrams and have been running in them with much success (lack of injuries). Do you plan on giving a more in depth review about the prototypes for those who may already be familiar with what's out now? I'd be interested to hear what the initial feedback is on those models.

Monday, September 25, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

I am very impressed with the prototype Sprint FiveFingers model I am testing.

I believe that the official commercial model of the Sprint will be available sometime early next year.

The most important difference between the Classic FFs and the upcoming Sprint FFs is the way the shoe is secured to the foot.

With Classic, you have the pull-tab at the back of the heel that allowed you to tighten the fit at the top of the foot.

The upcoming Sprint allows for more customized fitting around the heel and over the top of the foot. Furthermore, the heel tab is lower, and the pull-tab-tightener has been removed entirely.

So far I have only done limited testing, yet I feel confident in saying that the Sprint is a better shoe for more aggressive running, especially off-road, off-trail running, the kind I like most.

I look forward to the final version of the Sprint to come out. I will be sharing my experiences as soon as I have more to share.

Best Regards, Barefoot Ted

Monday, September 25, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anyway you could get me a pair of these. I've been running in the vibrams for a while and I LOVE IT. I'd never liked shoes but never new barefoot running was an alternative until I read some article about them in mens health. But honestly i hate the way the vibrams go on my foot, and I would love to get a hold of these prototypes. Anyway you could get an extra pair?

Monday, September 25, 2006

 
Anonymous Tim Connor said...

Awesome. The pull tab in the back flops annoyingly if you are at all between sizes and have to crank it down, and I haven't even tried running in them yet (stitches in my shin from a diving board).

Thanks for blogging about your experience. I had tried the Nike Free, but they have way too much heel so missed the whole point, and was excited when I came across the FiveFingers. Your blog pushed me over into ordering them as soon as they were back in stock.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has the fit changed at all? I have narrow feet and am (apparently) long in the little toe department. The originals move sideways a bit much, and kill my toes if I stand in them for more than a few minutes.
However, the strap looks like it would really help with the width issues. Maybe I'll have to try something like that with my current pair...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

 
Anonymous Marcel said...

I too love my vibram. The pull tab does annoy me. And the flap rubs my achilles tendon to blister. That hurts. However the sprint looks much better.
The adaptation time is still on. I wear them for no more than 3 weeks only. The feel for running is much better and it feels so much more natural.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the five fingers sprint shoes!!!!! they are like a second skin, they are durable, washable, natural and fun to wear. they took me a few weeks to learn to run with them and to toughen my feet up. but after I learned the techniques to running and walking with them on, they are sooooo natural. I love vibrams five fingers!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bft.. since you get all the latest vibrams and you mentioned if you had the opportunity to get laced up vibrams you would.. have you tried these??

http://barefootrunningshoes.org/2009/10/06/spring-2010-vibram-fivefingers-speed-bikila-performa-jane/

the SPEED, it has your barefoot style shoes and also laces.. cant wait till you write about your experiences in these babies!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

 

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