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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Elephant Bark Huaraches: Big Tujunga 20 Miler Test Run


Big Tujunga Valley with Condor Peak in Background


Hot Rough Pavement
Took my Elephant Bark Huaraches for a midday HOT ASPHALT run.

Rubber is NOT an good insulator. It will get hot, and one must be aware of that.

In most trail situations, it is not a problem, but it could be on an open stretch of black asphalt in the middle of a sunny day.

So, I decided to see what would happen.

I will get into details later, but the most important thing to say is that I made it through 20 miles without any serious difficulties.

BFT

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted, 2 questions:

1. Is the recycled tire material only an "ecological" thing, or does the material also have better properties for some terrains ?

2. Regarding the 4 versus 6 milimeter vibram soles. Why would a person want a 6 mm ?

Thanks! Pieter Hogendoorn

Monday, June 11, 2007

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Pieter

Great questions:

1. It is BOTH ecological and has some better properties (depending on what you are looking for). The Elephant Bark is around 6mm. I like wearing these with my toes sticking out over the front so that I can feel the ground with my toes.

The VIBRAM Cherry soles have the most amazing gripping properties. They are perhaps the best all-around sole, yet it is more expensive.

2. In some cases, a slightly thicker sole is better (6mm isn't that thick). For example, on hard surfaces with extremely hard and sharp rocks, 4mm may not be enough, especially on faster downhills.

The Tarahumara, for example, all have thicker soles. It seems as for them the sole acts as a **portable ground** and their feet do all the flexing on top of the sole.

In the end, it is a learning process, trying to rediscover running secrets from the past by practical application using materials available today.

BFT

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