**Update** January 16th 2014
I just got the Zemgear Terra Ninja Toe shoes in the mail! I slapped them on and they may be a 1/2 size too big. But we will see.
I think they will be great for the gym, but not sure about running outside! For me I think it’s a recipe for disaster! During the tough mudder I caught a sharp rock in the center of my arch wearing a pair of vibram 5 fingers at 280lbs and I wanted to cry! And that was in the first mile of 13-14 miles! I had to finish the rest limping! I have a pair of Injinji toe socks I will try under them lets see if they fit better and are more comfortable
Ok I got the socks on:
Ok now lets compare them to the shoes that hurt me bad!
Zem barely any wrap!
The vibrams have a Velcro closure and the Zem doesn’t.
The Zem’s are mostly spandex and neoprene like material
The vibrams are mostly perforated mesh bordering a nylon like material and there are internal seams everywhere! The Zem’s are entirely smooth except around the split toe.
Install and removal:
The Zemgear goes on and off in seconds and the split toe is not a problem at all.
The Vibram’s take at least a min or 2 to put on! You have to feed each toe little by little into the individual toe slots then pull the rest over and Velcro.
Time to get ready for the gym! I will bring my conventional Brooks running shoes with me just in case!
**Update** January 16th 2014
Ok so I have mixed reviews for the shoes!
The Bad Parts:
1: I am currently a very large 257 and there is no way I would use these shoes outside for anything more than walking from the house to the car and into the gym! No way I would run or go trail running outside!
2: I didn’t even like them on the elliptical! I was getting shin splints.
ok now for the good parts:
1. They are ultra thin profile, so they easily fit in any gym bag!
2. They are super light so you won’t feel them in your gym bag
3. They are super easy to put on and take off!
4. They are amazing for:
Clean & Press
And leg press!
5. Also great for Jiu Jitsu!
Won’t damage the mats
Won’t disrespect the instructor
Will give you better traction on the mats.
I wish they would have sent a thicker more robust set so I can use them in the gym as well as trail running.
**Update** February 22nd 2014
Check it out! Akkua Pilates Socks – perfect for the Zemgear!
Product Review: Vibram KSO 5 Finger Shoes
Discover The Alternative®. Every once in a while, a product comes
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tradition and makes people think differently. Sometimes this happens
in footwear and a whole new category is created, like sport sandals,
aerobic fitness trainers or Vibram®-soled dress shoes so comfortable
you could run a marathon. Originally, many of these products were
considered a novelty, maybe even a gimmick, but eventually they helped
define a new standard of performance. And most importantly, they
delivered a better experience for the user.
Vibram FiveFingers® might be considered such a product, a
revolutionary footwear design that allows our anatomy to work
naturally and move more freely.
Discover healthier footwear. Imagine footwear that can actually help
make the foot healthier, that can strengthen muscles in the feet and
lower legs, improve range of motion and increase sensory reception
important to balance and agility. Imagine footwear that might just
make running safer and healthier, by encouraging a forefoot strike and
a more natural running form that creates less impact on the knees,
hips and lower back. That is what Vibram FiveFingerscan offer.
We are not saying that Vibram FiveFingers® is the only footwear you
will ever need. There are times when we need the protection and
security of a boot or shoe. Like all things in life, there is a
balance, and Vibram FiveFingers® offers an alternative to traditional
footwear. Wearing FiveFingers for fitness training, running or just
for fun will make your feet stronger and healthier – naturally. .
How FiveFingers Works
Our revolutionary design makes feet healthier by allowing them to move
more naturally and freely.
The typical human foot is an anatomical marvel of evolution with 26
bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors,
tendons and ligaments. Like the rest of the body, to keep our feet
healthy, they need to be stimulated and exercised.
Voted “Most Popular” for its versatility. Over the last two years, the
KSO has become our most popular model for men for its unbeatable
comfort and versatility. It features a thin, abrasion-resistant
stretch polyamide and breathable mesh upper that wraps your entire
forefoot to “Keep Stuff Out.” A single hook-and-loop closure helps
secure the fit. The non-marking 3.5mm Vibram® TC1 performance rubber
outsole is razor-siped for enhanced flexibility and a sure grip on wet
or dry surfaces.
These shoes are excellent! It really feels like you are barefoot,
except you have protection. You feel it when you step on big rocks,
but you don’t normally get hurt.
1. The shoes give you the feel of being barefoot, but give you protection.
2. If you aren’t used to things between your toes it will feel weird
at first, but soon you won’t even know you have them on.
3. I tried the Injinji 5 finger socks and they are much more
uncomfortable then the shoes themselves.
4. If you are going to wear the shoes daily, use the socks, because
they will help with sweat and dirt, making your shoes last longer.
5. Remember at first to wear them for short periods to allow your
feet to get used to them.
6. Don’t wear them in the winter the shoes are thin and the top is
perforated making your feet extremely cold.
7. For the powerlifter: these shoes are excellent for squats and deadlifts
8. For the Jui Jitsu practitioner these shoes are excellent for
stoping mat burn on the tops of your feet.
Buy these shoes they are awesome.
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