questionshas anyone else tried the inov-8 evoskins (vibram…

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To answer my own question, I have tried them for a couple hours, and, honestly, I'm not impressed. They are truly difficult to put on, I have slightly curled toes when not standing, so they get caught when putting on. On top of that, the toe boxes are small, and just sitting with them on, my toes went numb. Also, because they are silicone, they do not breathe in the slightest, so any activity (at least for me) will have them fillng up with sweat, which ironically, would allow the toes to slip in better. This is just a first impression, and I will give them another shot or two, but right now, I couldn't recommend them.

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i haven't, but i have a question for you since you know so much about fivefingers. let's say i bought these for my dad who doesn't run, barely walks unless he has to, and is overweight.
would the fivefingers be comfortable for someone like that? someone that wouldn't use them for running, but could they find it comfortable for other household activities? reading the paper, eating dinner, checking email
i KNOW that defeats the purpose, but i've thought about gifting these to my dad for comfort while wearing shoes.
if they're THE most comfortable shoes in the world, i'd like those for him.

what's your opinion? waste? uncomfy for everything but running? etc..

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I thought they were only for 8-toed people?

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@w00tgurl: If your Dad has a gut, he's gonna have an issue sitting down and putting them on. They are NOT the easiest things to get on for the first few weeks. I've had mine for months (LOVE THEM!) and I still have problems if I'm in a hurry. I swear, the first few times trying to put them on is like a 2 year trying on gloves!
Additionally, if Dad is not one to run around his house barefoot all the time, he WILL notice a difference and be a bit sore. While I love shoes, they are the first thing off when I come home and I am barefoot most of the day.
@mrmurcox: Uck. Thanks for the heads up on the non breathability of the Evoskins. I've been able to keep my Vibrams pretty sweet smelling by flipping them upside down atop an adjustable floor fan to dry out after every run. So far, no funk!

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@mrmucox: !2 pairs. Wow. I'm having an issue finding them in my size (Womens 42 have a much smaller range. I'm wearing Bikilas). I have a question about how often I need to replace them. I switched back to running on the treadmill. 80 degrees and 100% humidity at 5 in the morning just wasn't what I want to put up with, so I am on my treadmill instead.
With traditional shoes, I knew by the wear pattern on the treads when it was time for new ones. Just how worn can I let these babies get before trying to track down replacements?

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@lavikinga: ok thanks for the feedback, i guess i'll get him some nice hiking sandals instead. he does have a gut and he'd probably end up regifting to my brother.
my plans to get the 'rents stuff that's "hip" and useful fails sometimes :)

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@lavikinga: Yeah, I tried wearing them again last night, and this time I got all but one toe to go completely in. That one toe was numb after a little bit, and the rest were numb by the time I took them off.

As for wear, wear them until you wear through them, or they begin to hurt. If you don't notice a difference, then don't change them. Here is a long term review of Sprints and Bikilas: http://birthdayshoes.com/vibram-fivefingers-bikila-and-sprint-long-term-review He says that because of the style, long term wear doesn't matter.

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@w00tgurl: The problem with Fivefingers, is the wear in period. And I'm not talking about the shoes. The body has to get used to the shoes. There is only about 1/8 of an inch of material between you an the ground, and this takes a while to get used to. I would bet your father would get tired of them before they become comfortable. Don't get me wrong, there is a shoe break in period too, but the body break in is longer. I'm a big guy (ugh, 265 lbs.), and it took me about a year to get comfortable in them. I don't often run in them beyond playing Ultimate Frisbee once a week, so I'm mostly as sitting, walking, office worker when I wear them. My eventual goal it to go hiking in them, but I need to lose weight before that happens.

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@mrmucox: YES! It's not that I'm cheap...
I do want to find a decent sale on the all terrain version. I need something that will allow me to run over short stretches of gravel road when I'm visiting my Dad in the mountains. Talk about feeling like the Princess & the Pea! One wrong step can leave me bruised. I'm thinking the Bikila LS might be good enough. Aaaaand I am off for my run. It's good being the Stay At Home Princess right now. It allows me this little luxury!

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@lavikinga: I'm currently wearing the Trek's, I like the Trek Sport for playing Ultimate, as it gives me grip to stop, and still breathes. The Trek's are awesome, as you said, you don't feel EVERYTHING, but still have feeling.

I envy your Stay at Home-ness, I'm in the office wishing I was at home, in bed, ...

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@mrmucox: I'm not allowed to stay in bed too late. I have Bed Police in the form of two small Aussies. If I'm not up when THEY think I should be up, they get on the bed and start with the nudging and drive-by licks.