Vibram KSO EVO
The Vibram KSO EVO is a pair of shoes shaped like feet. Fabric and systems wrap each toe. The durable components of the running shoe ensure safety and comfort of wearers. Performance is kept as natural and lightweight as possible without sacrificing efficacy, protection, and quality.
After many uses, the upper of this running shoes stay intact due to the durable polyester fabric. There is a soft mesh lining that is not irritating to the skin. The speed-lacing system allows fast fit adjustments. Coverage is easy to manipulate. The design of individual toes slots enhances natural versatility and dexterity of foot movement.
- Breathable and flexible upper
- Light shoe offering great ground feel
- Quick-lacing system
- XS TREK technology provides durability, comfort, and stability
- Fabric wears quickly
- Thin sole that is not very durable
- Toes are light
The outsole is meant to be a reliable section that doesn’t lose its efficacy or wear off easily even after many uses. It is intended to afford runners with traction over various surfaces. Some customers disagree. They do not find the sole very durable and feel it is too thin.
The KSO EVO strives to be among the most minimal shoes offered by Vibram. The company takes pride in providing the ultimate connection to running surfaces. It starts with the outsole. At the thickest point, the sole is only 4.7 thick.
Runners, who used other Vibram barefoot collection shoes, will be familiar with the material used in making the outsole. Vibram’s TC-1 performance rubber is used throughout the outsole. The outsoles are flat and thin, almost considered floppy. The minimalist construction is a turn off for some people.
The thin midsole is a deliberate design meant to deliver a barefoot-like experience on any terrain. It is a thin platform that is very flexible. The midsole allows feet to move naturally through the cycle of the gait. The focus was given to preference of wearers concerning performance.
The Ethylene vinyl acetate used as the cushioning system of the foot-shaped shoe is comfortable. It provides mild comfort that makes each ground contact smooth and easy. The EVA foam is covered in Drilex nylon. It features anti-moisture and anti-microbial capabilities. The interior is kept as healthy and clean as possible.
The shoes can be worn without socks. The coverage does not feel irritating. An innovative lace-up system helps with the security and feel of the shoe. A speed lacing system makes adjusting the fit simple for runners. A tug on the laces makes the shoe feel adequately loose or tight. No knots are needed.
Vibram uses impressive technology in the construction of their shoe uppers. The KSO EVO is not a disappointment. The polyester stretch mesh is similar to the material used in some other favorite shoes made by Vibram. It contours around the feet of the runner and is exceptionally comfortable.
The material is thinner than the favorite Bikila line by Vibram. A ‘painted-on’ rubber material is added to give some extra structure to the uppers by covering some of the mesh. While it adds to the stability of the shoe, in some spots, it limits breathability.
The shoes can be folded or rolled and packed in small areas. The lack of structure makes them fabulous travel shoes. They feel like you hardly have anything on your feet. Some features are comprised due to the lightweight construction. Experienced barefoot runners like the outcome.
They are well-suited for runners who train in warm climates. Those who live in moderate or cold climates may have issues with the KSO EVO shoes. Snow, rain, and wind can permeate the upper material and cause the runner discomfort.
Although the laces do not look like traditional laces, they blend in more than Vibram shoes that have no laces or straps. They consist of closed-loop bungees with a velcro strap. The svelte design and slim footprint look flattering on most feet. It does not look as ‘strange’ as the EL-X The tongue and lace system make the shoe a bit taller.
They are not designed for extreme weather. Running under those conditions can hinder the durability. The tread is meant to be durable for a reasonable time after many miles of use. Customers lodged complaints about the durability of the sole and fabric wearing off quickly.
Experienced runners appreciate the responsiveness and use it to maximize running turnover and cadence. Those new to barefoot running are pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to get the connection with the road. Feet naturally splay out in the manner nature intended. Responsiveness of the KSO EVO is on a par with the best lightweight shoes available.
Due to the innovative lace-up system, the shoes do offer more support than shoes with no laces. The feet have no issues moving around in the shoes because of the individual toe pockets and laces. Other types of shoes will offer more stability and support for heavier runners and people looking for midfoot support.
Tracks, blacktop, and sidewalks are the sweet spot for this shoe. The KSO EVO allows runners to experience terrain with great flexibility and grip. The XS TREK technology provides performance that takes runners from the trail to the playground and indoor activities.
Amazon offers many items at less than the suggested retail price. The price for the KSO EVO is the recommended $90 through Amazon also. There is at least one source that advertises a 70 percent discount, but the price shown is not 70 percent of $90.
Any runner who travels a great deal and has limited cargo space finds the shoes easy to pack. The KSO EVO goes beyond many barefoot shoes that allow the toes to be flexed. Runners have no problem flexing the toes downward to get a better grip on a running surface.
The lack of a raised heel allows runners to be in touch with all running surface details. It is a welcomed feature by many. It is recommended for runners new to barefoot to alternate the KSO EVO with shoes that are more substantial until the shoes are broken-in properly.
The heel fit is the best improvement made to Vibram shoes. Sections that wrap around the heel make the KSO EVO a fantastic shoe for making sharp turns and running. Additional height was added to the structure of the wing on each side of the heel and some height to the heel. The heel hugs the back of the foot. Heel sloppiness is eliminated. The additional height does not affect the heel-to-toe drop which is the difference between the height of the toe and heel,
Amazing ground feel
Antimicrobial Drilex sockliner
Easy lacing system
Engineered for comfort and support
Machine washable, air dry
Polyester fabric upper material
Responsive on unpredictable terrain
Sole durable enough for shock absorption
Stretchy, breathable upper
Two-mm EVA foam insole
Velvety soft interior
Weighs approximately 4.9 ounces
XS TREK technology for traction