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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Vibram Soles

I was looking at a few different Asolo hiking boots using the Vibram Soles, it seems Columbia is using them too. They showed me a demo of how to compare the soles of different boots, and it sure is impressive how good they are on the new Asolo boots this year. I tried to bend the boot and could barely bend it compared to some other flimsy hiking boots.

A good read is in the lower section of their site:
http://www.vibram.us/products/default.asp

They certainly aren't new and they've come a long way.
What do you guys think of your Vibram? Have you compared the comfort?
The new soles seem better than my Asolos a couple years old..
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I have a pair of Raichle Kootenays, about 5 years old, very stiff soles, but they still grind on my heels on long treks. Been thinking about taking a look at some new boots next season.
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I have a pair of Raichle Kootenays, about 5 years old, very stiff soles, but they still grind on my heels on long treks. Been thinking about taking a look at some new boots next season.
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I must say I prefer Salomon's contagrip. I haven't had too much experience with Vibram, but contagrip is incredibly comfy. I've had a few people tell me that vibram is a bit harder (less comfy after pounding 30km).

Also, Aces, when you were bending the boot, were you bending the shanked area or the actual sole?
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Remember that vibram is a brand with many different products. The sole on one boot may be much different than that of another; the rubber on a mountaineering boot is much harder than that of a day hiker or approach shoe.
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Remember that vibram is a brand with many different products. The sole on one boot may be much different than that of another; the rubber on a mountaineering boot is much harder than that of a day hiker or approach shoe.
You also have to consider the mid sole in thinking about how soft a boot feels.

I've generally been quite happy with all the vibram soles I've used. They have such a huge market share that I don't think I've tried anything else. I don't buy boots based solely on the sole material. [)] I'm not sure that there is that much difference between the soles of equally spec'ed boots.
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I must say I prefer Salomon's contagrip. I haven't had too much experience with Vibram, but contagrip is incredibly comfy. I've had a few people tell me that vibram is a bit harder (less comfy after pounding 30km).
I was on a trip with someone who had Salomon boots. There was extensive travel on soft snow and his boots were continuously balling up, like crampons without anti-bot plates. He had a constant huge struggle to keep his feet under him when we were side-hilling. From that experience alone, I'll steer clear of Salomon boots.
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I've been quite happy with the Vibram sole on my Asolo boots. However considering they are only a year old it is reasonably worn, but I do hike a lot?

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I must say I prefer Salomon's contagrip. I haven't had too much experience with Vibram, but contagrip is incredibly comfy. I've had a few people tell me that vibram is a bit harder (less comfy after pounding 30km).
I was on a trip with someone who had Salomon boots. There was extensive travel on soft snow and his boots were continuously balling up, like crampons without anti-bot plates. He had a constant huge struggle to keep his feet under him when we were side-hilling. From that experience alone, I'll steer clear of Salomon boots.
That's strange. I was using some north face boots for most of winter, but once May hit, I have used my Salomons extensively. I've never had a problem with them on snow and balling up. The model I'm using is the Mega trek GTX.
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I must say I prefer Salomon's contagrip. I haven't had too much experience with Vibram, but contagrip is incredibly comfy. I've had a few people tell me that vibram is a bit harder (less comfy after pounding 30km).
I was on a trip with someone who had Salomon boots. There was extensive travel on soft snow and his boots were continuously balling up, like crampons without anti-bot plates. He had a constant huge struggle to keep his feet under him when we were side-hilling. From that experience alone, I'll steer clear of Salomon boots.
That's strange. I was using some north face boots for most of winter, but once May hit, I have used my Salomons extensively. I've never had a problem with them on snow and balling up. The model I'm using is the Mega trek GTX.
I don't know what model he had, or what the tread type was (it looked very different from a standard Vibram-type tread). I can't account for why this was happening to him, and perhaps it was a freak coincidence of various conditions, but I wouldn't take a three or four hundred dollar gamble to find out. They don't usually have snow slopes in the store for you to test them out.
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