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Saturday, July 18, 2009

FiveFingers KSO Trek – New for Fall ’09


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BFT running with the new Treks in the Dalles

From the upcoming Vibram trade catalog:

The Men’s KSO Trek is a more rugged version of our popular KSO. The Kangaroo leather upper and sock liner are soft against the foot, yet strong and tear resistant, with outstanding breathability.

A 4mm EVA midsole offers plating protection from stone bruising, and a lightly cleated 4mm Vibram performance rubber outsole delivers improved traction on trails and over more rugged terrain.

KSO Trek is best for: Light Trekking, Trail Running, Fitness Walking, & Travel.

Vibram Five Finger Treks...trail running shoes...bitchen!!!

My experience:

When I first put these shoes on, I knew that I had finally felt the most comfortable VFF yet. The kangaroo skin's soft side is INSIDE the shoe...so your foot is encased in smoothness. Under 6 ounces. Rugged. Breathable. Thank you Gawd!

These are the shoes that I am going to use for this year's Leadville 100 mile trail race. As many of you know, I have done trail ultras in FiveFinger Classics, Sprints and KSOs, but this seems destined to be my favorite 100 mile trail shoe. Thank you Vibram!

My favorite footwear for everyday running? My bare feet.

My new favorite footwear for 100 mile trail running? VFF Treks

BFT

NOTE: Two most asked questions in the comments section...answered:

From Tony Post, President of Vibram USA

To answer the questions for your website:

Suggested retail in the US is $125 for the KSO Trek. Premium Kangaroo hide is not cheap.

The shoes can be machine washed (be careful here as the leather can bleed, so wash alone or with dark colors on a gentle cycle). The shoes should be air dried out of direct sun and away from a heat source (strong sun or drying near a heater source could cause the leather to shrink and pull away from the bottom, causing sole separation or de-lamination).


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55 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ted,
I read born to run and tried to buy some fivefingers but they didnt fit. I am a size 9 in asics (I know, ugh) but I bought the 9 inch female version b/c there was no size available in inches on the male side. Do you have any suggestions for sizing or know how I can find the right size. Thanks a lot, your an inspiration and I love reading your blog and born to run.

Thanks a lot for your help,
Josh.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Blogger {NiCeGuY} said...

I'm in the same position as Josh. I can't understant why they don't do smaller size show. 9 is a really common size...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Anonymous Justin said...

BFT,

Thanks for letting us all get to drool over the newest VFFs!

How are they holding up to sweat, etc.? How are you cleaning them?

Thanks and awesome action shot!

Justin

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Anonymous Nate said...

Perfect. I've taken some pretty gruesome spills on slippery trails in regular KSOs. Can't wait!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Blogger jleeger said...

those look awesome...

Ted, what's your take on the FlowMax shoes? You still like those? If yes, how do I get a pair? I tried to order on their site, but there's no US shipping option. Sent them an email...no reply.

YOISH!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Blogger Eric said...

Want.
I haven't had a problem on trails in the KSO's, but these might allow me to take a bit more risk.
Kangaroo lining though? How in the world do you clean them? I usually take my KSO's into the shower with me, could I do the same with the Treks?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Blogger jleeger said...

uh...that would be "Feelmax"

yeah

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Blogger Josh Snellink said...

I have been out of myself with anticipation for these. They are exactly what I've been wishing for since I started trail running.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the soles in these thicker than the regular KSO? These look amazing. Thanks for informing us once again. You are awesome.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I am a little bummed. I did research on this shoe and a source was saying this shoe is going to be over $150. Is this true? I really hope that is not true.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

 
Blogger Billy Burger said...

Nice...but a $150 price tag?? (from commenter above)

Is that really true? I'm out if they go over 3 figures. I don't care how nice they are.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

 
Anonymous Space Girl said...

To order Feelmax here in the States, go to Extreme Outfitters' website. Right now, they only offer the Pankas and Niesas (which are said to be better than the Pankas) in limited sizes.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

 
Blogger Boris T. said...

Nice review looking forward to the new KSO's.

But Kangaroo leather? So I am guessing they are no longer water worthy?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

 
Anonymous Scott Mark said...

Ted thanks for posting these comments and pics. I'm really interested in these for winter running, seems like the leather would certainly be warmer than the KSOs. I'm also interested in how they handle sweat, though - seems like they would soak up quite a bit during a long run. Is that an issue?

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Blogger Andy said...

Dagnabbits! I just bought some KSO's this year. I love them, but the numerous falls I've taken on slick surfaces keeps me slow on downhills. Now this! I'm supposed to save money on shoes with VFF, not break the bank.

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Blogger Wolfmaan said...

I love those new shoes Ted! I think I'm going to have to get a pair!

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
OpenID oboros42 said...

Hey Ted: Neat review - Great picture and form! Now if we can all run like that at some point. Those shoes are drool-worthy. Looking forward to them.

To the guys who want smaller size shoes: Nothing's wrong with the women's size. My husband is in the same boat. He tried on W43 KSO and they fit like the glove they are supposed to.

The Male KSO version looks exactly the same. Funky as all get-out.

If the rumor is true and they are $150... I'd rather spend $150 on these KSOs than any other shoe. sign me up!

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

In an email from Vibram USA President, Tony Post, I saw the price of $125.00.

Kangaroo skin is an amazing material...look into it.

As far as washing and stinky questions go, I don't know the answers yet, but will say that this leather is not going to have the stink problems associated with synthetic fabrics.

I still endorse FeelMax Niesas...especially for those who cannot fit into VFF because of toe problems etc. I am interested in supporting companies that make high-quality, thoughtful minimal shoes.

Tony told me that they handle water...but I have not put them through that test...yet.

I plan on doing the White River 50 miler on Saturday in a pair, so I will let you know what I think. Last year I wore KSOs and had a tough time coming down the last long fire road with tired legs and super rocky surface...the most difficult surface for me is a hard surface with hard, sharp rocks carpeting the top....for MILES with tired legs. No fun.

BFT

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$125 is a bit much. It is an alright price, and I will eventually grab a pair of these. I don't understand why they would be $125 though, that is a bit much. Hopefully price will decline over time.

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder though, why they used kangaroo leather. Gore Tex would probably work better, and it would be cheaper. Not that I am an animal activist or anything, but Gore Tex is also synthetic. It breaths, and it is water proof. It would not look as nice, but it would be an awesome runnning/outdoor shoe. The upper should be Gore Tex.

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Kangaroo skin is famous for comfort...and I understand that now...it is thin and flexible and lightweight and feels nice on the skin.

BFT

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont worry about the kangaroo's. i live in australia and they are by no means endangered.

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Anonymous jack said...

my second toe is longer than my big toe. i hear they wont fit me....

Monday, July 20, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Some answers from Tony Post:


Hi Ted,

To answer the questions for your website:

Suggested retail in the US is $125 for the KSO Trek. Premium Kangaroo hide is not cheap.

The shoes can be machine washed (be careful here as the leather can bleed, so wash alone or with dark colors on a gentle cycle). The shoes should be air dried out of direct sun and away from a heat source (strong sun or drying near a heater source could cause the leather to shrink and pull away from the bottom, causing sole separation or delamination).

Hope that helps.

T

Ted,

Just one other thought — if one wears Injjini socks with the KSO Trek, they won’t need washing any more than a regular pair of running shoes. For those concerned about washing (and drying) this is also a good suggestion. Not the same as near bare foot, but the shoes will still have a great minimalist feel.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

josh from the first post,

I decided to get the feelmax and they just arrived. I will take them out for a trail run tonight in the redwood forests! they are super light weight and I ran around in my hallway and it felt amazing.

THanks a lot, ted, for this resource!
Josh

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 
OpenID lwilliamson said...

Thanks for the review and the close-up shots. I'm buying a pair as soon as they hit the shops; providing they will be available in my size that is. I love my classics and have been eyeballing the KSOs. Regrettably all the men's 39s have been snatched up. I gather they will size like the KSOs.

Do you know if the Treks will be available in 39?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted,

Can you ask vibram if they plan on making a Gore Tex version of the Trek at some point? I don't wear anything I wouldn't be willing eat or kill my self and I would not kill a kangaroo unless I was starving. To many other less useful and less cool options to kill before them.

Thanks for your time,
Justin

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

 
Blogger Nick said...

Any idea when these will become available? I'm really looking forward to them.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ted,
Do you have any idea when in the fall these will come out? What do you know about the Glove model? Any price ranges for that?

Saturday, August 01, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any word on whether a vegan version of these shoes will be released? I'm rather very interested in The KSO Trek, but I do also try to follow a vegan lifestyle.

Indeed, on Vibram's FAQ page, they explicitly mention that their products are vegan-friendly, so it's not like they don't care at all. It would strike me as odd that they'd suddenly switch to leather without offering an alternative.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

 
Anonymous Jim said...

I love this idea! I picked up a pair of VFF Flows after reading Born to Run and have been wearing them ever since. I even got our safety officer to approve them as being "as safe as sneakers" for wear at work! The only problem I've had with them is playing kickball on grass (no, I'm not going to grow up!). They have ZERO ability stop momentum. Hopefully the tred on the Trek will fix this...

Ted, is this sole stiffer than the one used on the regular VFFs?

Thanks!
Jim

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin: Please do not kill and eat Gore Tex. Gore Tex is very endangered, and they taste horrible -- very tough, and undigested pieces come out in your pooh.

Thanks for the info Ted. Looks like the KSOs can be my regular trainers, the Treks can be used on trails, and the Gloves can be my racing flats!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

 
Blogger kasugie said...

I just purchased a pair of KSOs. I had the same issues with sizing - I'm a Men's Size 7 wide. Along with the variables of toe length/width, I did not want to chance ordering the wrong size. So, I waited until I traveled to a city with a 5-Fingers retail outlet. Well worth the wait. They fitted me with alternatives, and it turned out that Men's Size 38 fit the best. They didn't have KSOs in that size, but special-ordered and arrived in a couple of days. Am a happy camper now, and feel confident I can web order new models in the future.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

 
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hey Ted,

Have you washed your Treks in the washing machine yet? Washable and suede don't seem to go together. I would really like to know how a washing machine affects the suede. Also how water resistant are the Treks?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

 
Anonymous Bas said...

Meh, would check 'em out if it wasn't for the kangaroo hide. They might not be endangered, but neither are cows, chickens etc. who suffer in terrible ways, just for our luxury. And as a consumer, I try to decrease my impact on the suffering of other living animals (incl. people).

My choice to go barefoot is to go back to basics and efficiency and to reconsider what I need and what I don't need.

The review sounds interesting though, but I guess the shoes are not for me.

(not knocking you, it's just that I'm sure someone at Vibram will read this review and the comments and this needs to be heard :))

Saturday, August 15, 2009

 
Blogger Σπύρος said...

I totally agree with Bas. I am sure that Vibram could use other materials (there are tons of them and cheaper) than Kangaroo leather. The fivefigners are getting more and more expensive. I hope other companies will make similar shoes so the prices will fall.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand the KSO Trek. Sure, a thicker sole would enable you to run easier over sharp stones when your legs and ankles are tired. But so would a regular trekking boot or the proverbial tire rubber.

Frankly it looks more of a "VFF fashion statement" product rather than a VFF with a USP.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

count me in... with the vibram loyalists who are not excited by the decision to use animal hide. bottom line ~ if you were a kangaroo i bet you would vote for goretex KSO treks. hop around a little happier and such. while nobody's hands are clean especially here in the US, forth degree murder sounds better than premeditated first degree murder to me. enjoy the skin sacks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 
Blogger Webster said...

Hey Ted,

Any idea on when these may be available? I hear ya on how miles of running on a hard surface with sharp rocks gets old fast. I find stone bruises can lead to other issues, when you try to over compensate.

Thanks!
-Web

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 
Anonymous Zolodoco said...

Webster, they should be available after Oct 1st.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

 
Blogger Simon said...

Kangaroo leather? Doh! I'm vegan, and at first glance thought these were just made with microfiber uppers and got really excited! Guess I'll have to stick with the KSOs.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Simon, I hear you.

My DREAM VFF?

HEMP CANVAS!!!!
HEMP CANVAS!!!!
HEMP CANVAS!!!!
HEMP CANVAS!!!!
HEMP CANVAS!!!!

Please!!!

BFT

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI I love my new FF KSO, but I keep stubbing my one toe and i have actaully torn the top of the shoe a bit and almost totally torn off the top of my toe, does anyone know if this is a problem that goes away as i run in them more or is there a different kind that might be better cause I am planning on hiking Kilamanjaro( not spelled right I know) next year and I really want to wear the FF.

Friday, September 04, 2009

 
Blogger Methuselah said...

Ted - thanks for this review.

I just ran a long mountain race in a pair of Flows and whilst it was a great experience on widely varying terrain, I definately suffered for lack of grip, most notably on muddy or grassy downhill sections.

You can read my account here if you are interested:

2 hr 45 min Mountain Race, Fasted, in Vibram Five Fingers


So I have ordered a pair of Treks. My question is this: do you think the soles on the Treks will be enough to hold my footing on grassy or muddy downhill slopes?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

 
Blogger Webster said...

I just got back from my first run in my black Treks. I have just two words... Awe Some!!!

I run on a sharp, rocky path that over longer runs would beat through my Sprints leaving the balls of my feet bruised. But the Treks chewed through it like it was nothing. Plus, they really do feel like butter when you put them on.

Excellent job Vibram, the Treks are fantastic!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

 
Blogger kasugie said...

Are Treks now available for purchase?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

 
Blogger Eric said...

Just bought my KSO Trek's today. I LOVE THEM. They feel outstanding. I also have some Injinji socks, but I like the way these feel without socks. The Kangaroo leather is simply luxuriant & ultra soft & pliable. They are available at SportsChalet (Valencia, CA) right now for $124.95 + tax...and well worth it. Get them. Get them now, but SportsChalet only have them in black. Can't wait to hit the trails around me in the Hollywood Hills. Cheers!

Monday, September 28, 2009

 
Anonymous Dan Simms said...

Just received my black KSO treks last night from City Sports online. They are awesome and very comfortable. I've worn regular KSO's nonstop for the last 5 months but these should be great for the fall an winter here in PA. A little more padding and the kangaroo leather is extremely comfortable. Thanks Vibram for making another sweet product !

Saturday, October 24, 2009

 
Blogger Penumbra said...

For those of you worrying about the poor kangaroos, from what I've read, they are a nuisance animal in Australia. They breed like rabbits all on their own. Keeping the kangaroo population under control and making cool shoes with their skins is an added benefit. That way, we get comfortable shoes, and the remaining kangaroos are less likely to suffer from overpopulation and the struggle for food that comes with it.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

 
Blogger kasugie said...

Even being a lifelong vegetarian, I don't have any issue with kangaroo leather over any other type of leather. While more comfortable than KSOs, I don't think they are as durable. I bought a pair of Treks 3 weeks ago and brought them back to Mexico. On my first trail run, the seams on the kangaroo leather on my left shoe split apart. Luckily, I was able to make it back before the shoe fell apart. The shoe repair guy on my block stitched them back together for 20 pesos. I now feel kind of snake bit, in terms of taking them out on another long trail run. Now that Treks are in full production and in high demand, possibly the QA isn't up-to-snuff.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

 
Blogger Researcher said...

I bought a pair fo these off kayakshed.com and it took 3 months to get them to Australia but I bought the black KSO Treks which at the time were on backorder.
I LOVE THEM. I never take them off. They are great for bushwalking and I feel so connected to the earth now. Every step I take I am aware of and I enjoy the fact my muscles are developing as they are meant to be. If I could make a dollar for everyone who has noticed them and I have promoted them, I would be quite wealthy! I even were them standing all day as a Barber on hard floors. no sore feet!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

 
Blogger Tobybear said...

Hi Ted - My VFF classic wearing feet have met their pain threshold with the rockier sectioned tracks local to me - too many bruises! - I'd be real interested to know how much more protection these badboys give you - would love to get these rather than Adizeros or similar to cope with sharp rock littered track sections.

Monday, December 21, 2009

 
Blogger ethan-etienne said...

Another "not enchanted with real leather" bod here. Got me thinking, maybe the real issue would be to contact sock manufacturors and see if they could make the socks warmer/waterproof. Maybe sealskin socks with toes?
All for natural products, but why not try bamboo, hemp or wool as opposed to leather?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

 
Blogger FitRugbyDude said...

I purchased my VFF KSOs about 10 months ago, primarily for CrossFit. After some coaxing from friends, I tried them outside and am slowly getting used to them. I was hesitant to take them hiking, but, after reading about the Treks, I think these are what I've been looking for.

For all the veggies worried about the 'roos: as someone who lived in rural Australia for two years, I can tell you that they are far from being endangered. Furthermore, for those interested in the environmental impact of harvesting kangaroos, consider these facts:

-roo meat contains (naturally) less than 2% fat and is one of the highest protein meats you can purchase... and tastes great (less gamey than venison... even the farm raised stuff),

-as a consequence of being such a dense and high protein content, you actually eat less of it (a 6-8 ounce cut normally sated my 12-ounce NY strip cravings),

-roo meat is very high in CLA compared to all the other red meats, thus hopefully improving the health of those who substitute it for conventional red meats

-roos produce FAR less methane than any other red meat animals... as in almost NONE

-there is such an over-population of roos in Australia that the government has cullings on an almost annual basis... I'd rather eat them and use their hides than see the government kill them and "dispose" of the carcass wastefully.

Just my thoughts... now off to scour the "googlenet" and "interweb" to see if I can get some VFF Treks on the cheap!

Thanks BFT for the great blog!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

 
Anonymous Robert P Smith said...

Love the traction but don’t like the leather at all. Relatively new vegan here and most of you miss the point, it’s not about being endangered it’s about the humane treatment of all living creatures (Google and watch Earthlings movie). For those that aren’t vegan I challenge you to read The China Study book and then make any statement about how eating animal products is a healthier lifestyle.

Back to the topic, Vibram, please make a Trek with a synthetic upper. I’d buy and promote them in a heart beat, assuming I could find them in my size.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

 

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